Cargill UK has appointed Tom Lovett as its new technical sales manager for the south of England and south Wales.

The food producer said Lovett has a “wealth of experience” in the pig industry with nearly 20 years of experience in managing both indoor and outdoor pig units in the Cotswold and the south coast.

Based in Hampshire, Lovett’s new role will involve onsite visits and discussing requirements with producers to enable him to advise on diets best suited to their requirements.

Lovett’s previous roles have included experience of units with wet and dry feeding systems and varying herd sizes, the largest being a 24,000 weaning to finisher unit with a team of 12 employees.

Tom Lovett. Image: Cargill UK

He has also run farm trials in conjunction with vets, advisers and industry organisations and reporting results to compare with industry KPIs.

On his appointment to the position, Lovett said: “I’ve joined the company at a challenging time as producers look to ensure piglet performance after the removal of zinc oxide from starter diets.

“Being able to discuss Cargill’s latest developments in sow and piglet starter diets and demonstrate their success in UK trials and on farms in Europe – where zinc oxide was banned in June 2022 – is exciting and adds strength to our offering.”

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Cargill said it is committed to providing food, ingredients, agricultural solutions and industrial products to nourish the world in a “safe, responsible and sustainable way”.

“Sitting at the heart of the supply chain, we partner with farmers and customers to source, make and deliver products that are vital.

“Our 160,000 team members—including 1,200 colleagues in the UK —innovate with purpose, providing customers with life’s essentials so businesses can grow, communities prosper and consumers live well.”