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One of the largest family farming companies in the UK, JSR, has relaunched its training scheme, the JSR Academy which aims to inspire, train and educate people in pig production to the highest UK standards.

JSR comprises of two different businesses, JSR Farms, an integrated arable business farming over 3,000 hectares in East Yorkshire, and JSR Genetics, an international pig genetics company.

All of the crops grown on the farm are fed to their commercial pig herd.

The JSR Academy was set up in 2019, to encourage young people into a career within the pig industry with the aim of teaching and mentoring trainees to the highest standards in the UK.

Over the last four years the JSR Academy have trained some top-class students, who have now gone on to become respected stock people within JSR Farms, all with excellent career prospects and progression opportunities.

This year sees the relaunch of the JSR Academy, which is a fully structured training programme, covering all aspects of pig production over an 18-month period.

The training scheme will be mainly hands-on learning, with a small amount of classroom work to ensure all trainees reach their full potential.

Students will gain recognised qualifications including City & Guilds.

The training programme sees trainees spending time in all parts of the JSR Pig business including the brand-new leading-edge freedom farrowing pig unit which opened earlier this year, to the state-of-the-art AI stud, nucleus units, nurseries and finishing units, alongside working with industry experts and the geneticists within JSR Genetics.

The JSR Academy is planned and managed by Genna Kerry, who, herself joined JSR after leaving college and has progressed from a stockperson to head stockperson to assistant manager, where the passion and desire for training young people was realised.

Genna then became the training manager at JSR, where as well as looking after the training needs of existing staff, she also trains and manages the JSR Academy trainees.

Genna’s passion for pigs is infectious and certainly rubs off on the trainees.

“I have been very fortunate to have found a career that I love and have been guided and trained by some great people when I was starting out,” she said.

“To be able to help and guide others now in their own careers is really rewarding. We’ve had some brilliant trainees through the Academy, and it’s great to see them develop in the pig industry just like I have.

“I’m really excited about the new and improved training scheme and getting a new batch of students through the door in September.”

The Academy will be open to four trainees per year, starting this September, and is open to anyone over the age of 18.

There will be a 45-week training plan followed by a six-month placement on one of the pig units, giving valuable experience to back up the knowledge gained from the programme.

The opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ makes the JSR Academy an excellent choice for anyone wanting to get into a rewarding career.

No qualifications are needed for this role, just a positive attitude, an excellent work ethic and a passion for the welfare of our pigs is essential.

If this is something you may be interested in, get in touch with Genna via or email

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