A double at the National Pig Awards

24 November 2016

Two out of three ain’t bad at all

Rattlerow is proudly celebrating two prestigious National Pig Awards.

Ian Gillies, company Training Manager was presented with Investor in Training Award for our comprehensive staff development programme, and Joint Managing Director Adrian Lawson received the award for Technical Innovation of the Year for the Rattlerow-designed Aardvark farrowing hut.

Ian Gillies, receives Rattlerow's Investor in Training Award.

Ian Gillies, receives Rattlerow’s Investor in Training Award.

Both awards were presented during a gala dinner in London last week organised by Pig World and the NPA and hosted by BBC Sport’s broadcaster, Hazel Irvine.

RF narrowly missed out on being named Outdoor Producer of the Year too, but was not disappointed to receive two awards from three shortlisted nominations. The competition was fairly tough this year with a high standard of entries seen in all categories.


Adrian Lawson with manufacturers Techneat engineering, receive the Technical Innovation award

Adrian Lawson with Aardvark manufacturers Techneat Engineering, receiving the Technical Innovation Award

Rattlerow has always had a strong commitment to staff training/skills development and technical innovation in its own business and within its customer partnerships, too. And these awards reflect the significant investment the company places in progressing the practical/technical aspects of pig production – areas that support its genetic improvement and on-going breeding development programme.

This balanced approach to pig production and herd management supports its genetic advances and helps producers to optimise the performance potential of their herds. It is also bringing positive benefits to production systems – both indoors an out – with improvements that are being recognised in supply chains.

“The awards reflect our strong commitment to staff training, skills development and technical innovation.”


The 2016 National Pig Award winners celebrate with BBC Sport’s Hazel Irvine.

Another of the 2016 National Pig Award winners with RF links was Gareth Virgo. Named Unit Manager of the Year, Gareth manages J.E. Porters breeding and finishing unit in Lincolnshire, which is stocked with Rattlerow genetics.

The Rattlerow-sponsored Producer Retailer of the Year award was won by Sally Lugg’s Primrose Herd from Cornwall.