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Pig farmers find some food for thought on Italian trip.

NINE pig farmers from Wales flew out to Italy last week to find new ways to improve their businesses.

The group of farmers, who were winners of Hybu Cig Cymru's Wales Pork Initiative, were finding out how pig farms operate in Italy.

They visited a pig farm, a Parma ham factory and an Italian supermarket, and also attended the Tutto Food Exhibition in Milan, one of the most important trade fairs in Europe, where HCC was attending the event as part of its drive to promote Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef around the world and increase the level of exports.

Welsh Lamb already enjoys an excellent reputation in Italy, where imports of Welsh Lamb reached pounds 5,837,000 last year, along with an additional pounds 2,199,000 worth of Welsh Beef.

HCC marketing manager Bill Joyce said Welsh Lamb is hugely popular in

Italy. "They import millions of pounds every year and they recognise the unique quality of our produce," he said.

"It's great news that Welsh pig farmers are taking the opportunity to travel to Italy and learn from the success of the Italians.

"Hopefully this will allow them to introduce new and improved practices here in Wales." The pig farmers attending the Italian trip were Ela Evans and Huw Roberts from Oinc Oink, Gwyniasa, Llithfaen, Pwllheli; Hugh Griffith from Traed Moch, Penrhyndyn, Rhydyclafdy, Pwllheli; Ithyl and Lynda Brown from Neuadd Fach, Baconry, Llandinam, Llanidloes; Huw Condron and Claire Price from Glanhonddu Estate, Cwrt Yr Abad, Garthbrengy, Brecon and Andy and Debbie Eastwood of Yerbeston Gate Farm, Yerbeston, near Cresselly, Pembrokeshire..
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 9, 2009
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