2020 National Pig Awards to go virtual in November
22nd Sep 2020 / By Alistair Driver
This year’s National Pig Awards is going to be held virtually in November due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The seventh version of the awards will be live streamed at 4pm on Monday, November 16, recognising excellence and innovation in the pig sector.
The organisers had been keeping an open mind about the event, which was due to take place on November 23 in London.
But Simon Lewis, group managing director of Lewis Business Media, the publisher of Pig World, said the decision to make this year’s awards virtual was made in response to the Government guidelines and advice surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Lewis said: “While we are obviously disappointed that we will not be able to bring the industry together in person, we are excited to be able to deliver the National Pig Awards in a different format, on November 16.”
It will be necessary to register to view the awards. You can register HERE
The finalists will, as ever, be revealed in the October issue of Pig World, with all finalists profiled in a special awards supplement in the November issue. There will be a full write-up of all the winners in the December issue.
After a highly successful event in 2019, this year’s awards attracted record entries, despite all the uncertainty caused by COVID-19.
Stewart Houston, who chairs the illustrious panel of judges that also includes the NPA's Lizzie Wilson, said this was a huge credit to the industry.
“To have a record number of entries in this year of all years is fantastic and highlights the determination of the industry to get on with the job,” he said.
“The standard of entries has been very high, too, giving our busy judges a hard time choosing the finalists. Producers have embraced the concept that entering for the awards is good for their staff and their business.”