NOMINATIONS for the pig industry’s David Black Award are now open.

The annual award, sponsored by BPEX, started in 1960 and goes to someone who has made a valuable and sustained contribution to the industry.

Previous winners have come from all parts of the industry, including producers, processors, academics and allied sectors.

BPEX director Mick Sloyan, chairman of the panel of judges, said: “Despite the number of people who have won the award, there are still many out there who deserve it.

“I would encourage everybody in the industry to think about who they could nominate, as there are so many excellent candidates.

“This award is important, not only to the industry, but also to the recipients because it is awarded by their peers, people who themselves work in the industry and know the contribution the winners have made.”

The award will be presented in November at an industry breakfast held in the House of Lords. The nomination form is available online at nomination.aspx.

The closing date for nominations is August 29.