David Black Award

The David Black Award has been honouring exceptional contributions to the pig industry for over 60 years. Inspired by the East Anglian pig farmer of the same name, this prestigious accolade is awarded to an individual or organisation that has made an outstanding impact on the British pig sector during the course of their work.

The award has previously celebrated those from across the industry, including producers, processors, academics and the allied industry. AHDB is proudly sponsoring the award again in 2022, and nominations are now open – do you work with someone who has made an exceptional contribution to the pig industry?

Nominations will close on 31 August 2022. The winner will be announced at the National Pig Awards.

2021 award winner

In 2021, the award was won by Professor Jim Scudamore, Former UK Chief Veterinary Officer. The award was presented by the Rt Hon Lord Benyon, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Defra.

Jim has been actively involved in the pig sector for many years, experiencing some very challenging times for the industry as Defra’s CVO, where he handled the outbreak of swine fever in 2000.

Since his retirement in 2004, he has worked tirelessly for the pig industry in his roles as Chairman of both the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC), and the Disease Surveillance subgroup, as well as being a member of the Welfare subgroup.

Read more about Jim Scudamore

2020 award winner 

In 2020, the award was won by the British Pig Association’s Chief Executive Marcus Bates and was presented by Mike Sheldon, AHDB pork sector board chairman. 

Mike said; “Marcus has led the British Pig Association for over 20 years, and, in that time, has enabled pedigree pig breeders to thrive and to enhance their reputation for delivering quality and diversity, not just in the UK but overseas as well."

Read more about Marcus Bates

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Mike Sheldon (AHDB) and Marcus Bates (BPA)

Lord Benyon presenting Professor Jim Scudamore the award.