Congratulations to Guy King of GSK Pigs, Norfolk, on being named the 2023 Farmers Weekly Pig Farmer of the Year! 

Guy King’s journey in the world of pig farming is truly remarkable. Starting from humble beginnings, he began his career earning £21/week in a youth training scheme while learning the basics of pig husbandry. His determination and hard work have taken him to incredible heights in the industry. 

Today, Guy manages an impressive operation with 8,600 sows spread across nine outdoor units in Norfolk and Suffolk, employing nearly 60 staff members. His commitment to excellence and pig welfare is evident in the Red Tractor- and RSPCA-assured units he runs. 

Guy’s success story is a testament to his dedication and innovative spirit. He didn’t let obstacles deter him and even built his own pig huts in the early days of his business. His company, GSK Pigs, now collaborates with BQP to supply pigs, feed, and veterinary support for seven of the units. 

What’s more, Guy’s commitment to environmental sustainability is commendable. He has developed strong relationships with landlords to make the most of outdoor pig farming in arable rotations. His efforts to reduce diffuse pollution and soil erosion through grass leys and other sustainable practices showcase his dedication to protecting the environment. 

Guy’s operation is not just about farming; it’s about people too. He provides opportunities for staff progression and partnerships, ensuring that each unit has a dedicated team working efficiently. His hands-on approach and passion for working with his teams demonstrate his genuine love for the industry and the animals he cares for. 

In summary, Guy King’s success in the pig farming industry is a result of his hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence in all aspects of his business. He truly deserves the title of Pig Farmer of the Year. Congratulations, Guy, on this well-deserved achievement!