Mr Leavesley likes to dabble in a spot of pig farming on the side too. And for his next move he plans to build an intensive pig farm in the middle of the picturesque village of Foston, Derbyshire.
There’s nothing all that new about intensive pig farms. Since the 1960s, UK farmers have been adopting intensive systems of farming in an effort to produce the highest output at the lowest cost. But the mammoth project that Mr Leavesley wants to roll out would house around 25,000 pigs. That’s nearly 40 times the size of today’s average pig farm, herding the UK in a brusque trot towards all mechanized, workerless American-style mass protein manufacturing plants.