This means looking at ‘whole business decisions’, being able to do good calculations that take into account all production factors. Taking decisions on single traits, like born alive, have no place in a modern effective pig industry.
Over-c-farm. United Kingdom
Simon Grey grew up on a small family farm in West Wales. Studied General Agriculture in Aberystwyth. Started pig career as a graduate trainee for PIC. Worked for PIC, Cotswold and Newsham Hybrid Pigs as Nucleus Unit Manager.
1995 Technical Manager, Newsham Hybrid Pigs supporting production and sales. Introduced batch farrowing and Big Pen systems to the UK.
1997 Technical Manager AM Warkup. Britain’s leading turnkey pig building specialists.
2000 Production Director Prima Farms, Poland. In 5 years went from 2,000 to 50,000 sows both company owned and contracted. Preparation of budgets, farm design, construction supervision, pig production, staff training, financial reporting.
2005 Managing Director Checkfarm Consulting Ltd, worldwide pig business management consultancy specialising in Eastern Europe and Russia. Preparation of business plans for both new business’s and business’s wishing to modernise. Farm design to optimise output both new build and reconstruction. Start up management, providing managers to work alongside local managers training staff and controlling farm until in full production. Production and management training. General business and management consultancy and trouble shooting
Updated CV 16-Feb-2011
For good farmers, pigs continue to be very profitable, but for many not! Some are even losing money (incredible though it seems).