Commercial nutritionist for poultry, Ralph Bishop, has joined the team following six years' experience in nutrition roles within the compound feed sector, after graduating with an MSc from the University of Plymouth.
My new position involves supporting a base of customers, made up of farmers, integrators and feed millers. This includes everything from formulating diets to auditing support and quality control.
Ralph explains that he particularly enjoys working directly with customers and being able to make a real difference to their businesses on a daily basis.
The role is a fantastic challenge, and I’m looking forward to being able to develop relationships with customers and apply my knowledge with the backing of an expert team at Premier, he adds.
Sam originally embarked on a role at Premier in 2018 as a cross-species support nutritionist, but has just been appointed as research co-ordinator, as part of the pig team.
Premier has four fully replicated UK trials facilities, run in partnership with farmer clients. Two of these finish pigs from 35kg, including a new 80 pen farm opening in May 2021. The third is a growing and finishing unit, and the fourth facility looks at lactation feed specifications. We also gather and benchmark a lot of client performance data, he says.
So, I’ll be managing the work at these sites, weighing pigs, and collating data to take away and analyse.
We also plan to run a range of different trials, based on improving sustainability, testing out options for reducing soya use, producing more from less, and considering the use of more sustainable raw ingredients.
I hope the results will not only help producers improve their own performance, but in the long term make a difference to the bigger picture of the pig industry, adds Sam.