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November 2020

Joining the technical team!

A new month, with lots of COVID restriction changes! My daily routine has transformed as I move from marketing to the next stop on my placement journey- the technical team.

Afbeelding: NPA

I ended my time in marketing on a high with the completion of the National Pig and National Egg & Poultry Awards, with ForFarmers being the principal sponsor of the National Pig Awards. My time with the marketing team was insightful, although the events were in a ‘virtual’ format, I was involved behind the scenes and it was rewarding to see all of the hard work across the pig and poultry industry being celebrated. I even got dressed up for the event and raised a glass of prosecco to the winners!

I’m not saying goodbye to marketing completely- utilising my newly formed skills, I continue to develop external communications for ForFarmers’ growing social media channels. I have even been practising my interviewing skills by composing a ‘meet the team’ article.

I have now transitioned to the technical team, where I’m learning lots about the various feeds within the ForFarmers range. I have been supporting the team’s extensive research, including reviewing creep feeding, pre-lactation diets, and preparing for the zinc ban in 2022.

Planning is continuing for an exciting trial which I’ll share with you soon! One of the biggest challenges I’ve found has been putting together a protocol which works both practically, and benefits all parties, alongside producing an informative assignment for my studies. Although, working on this has been one of my most rewarding projects to date.

Afbeelding: Christmas Lights

Lockdown 2.0.

This month has made me appreciate the support from my ForFarmers colleagues, friends and family. With a vaccine on the horizon, Christmas lights glistening around town, and the odd mince pie (or two), I am happy to have made it through lockdown and look forward to Christmas.

Santa Claus is coming to town…

I now have a busy month ahead, bringing the practicalities of the trial together, drawing a few marketing projects to a close, and there’s a long list of Christmas films waiting for me to get through!