The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has welcomed two new members of staff to its pork knowledge transfer (KT) and knowledge exchange (KE) teams.

Patrick Loten has joined the AHDB as the new KE manager for the South of England. Mr Loten replaces Mike Shattock, who has returned to work on his family farm in South Africa. Mr Loten has over 40 years of experience in the pig industry, and has managed units of up to 2,500 sows. He says: “I’m looking forward to using my knowledge and experience to help other producers, as well as increasing my own understanding of other systems.”

In her new role as KT manager, Pippa Handley will work closely with the EU Pig Innovation Group, helping to bring innovative ideas to pig units across the UK. She has a background in production animal research management and has worked with the pig and poultry research group at Nottingham Trent University.

Ben Williams, KT senior manager at AHDB, says: “Pippa further strengthens the team, enabling us to provide a mix of KT materials, from farmer-to-farmer learning to PhDs and sector-wide projects, all with significant impact.

“Pippa is eager to continue building a strong network, which will help drive forward and share the fantastic work that is being undertaken to help the UK pig sector remain at the forefront of innovation.”