The National Egg & Poultry Awards have highlighted the breadth and depth of talent, drive and ambition in the egg & poultry sectors and it is our pleasure to recognise and share with you our 2020 winners.
Poultry Business of the year
Moy Park is a totally professional and committed company from top to bottom, placing innovation at its core, with second to none investment in both people and facilities.
Egg Packer of the Year
Farmlay is a well-run, dynamic family business that has embraced the use of automation to help drive forward continuing expansion. The low level of staff turnover is a real indication of the value placed on individuals, many of whom have risen through the business to managerial level.
Egg Producer of the Year
AW & GS Panniers
Very high farm standards and attention to detail plus the support of their suppliers, have ensured a win for AW & GS Panniers in this category. Judges were particularly impressed by the focus on productivity and the performance of a recent flock, which achieved a first in the UK of 400 eggs at 100 weeks.
Grower of the Year
Lee Baxter is an exceptional manager of the farm that is under his control. He is a member of the Aviagen 420 Club and has been over 400 for 12 flocks in succession, achieving low FCR and very impressive weights for the age of bird.
Hatchery of the Year
Joice & Hill / Hendrix Genetics
Joice & Hill has demonstrated a commitment to continually invest in its business, recently completing an eight-year expansion and renovation plan after becoming the sole distributor of Hendrix Genetics layer breeds for the UK and Ireland in 2012. Parent stock routinely exceeds hatching egg production targets by 10-12% despite rigorous selection criteria.
Innovation of the Year
Noble Food, Egg Bites
Launched in February 2020, Egg Bites aims to give cooks in schools and colleges an easy way to add eggs to menus, while also adding value through the egg supply chain. Eggs are eaten most often at weekends and for breakfast and the judges liked how Noble Foods is trying to broaden the occasions when eggs are eaten.
Pullet Rearer of the Year
Humphrey Feeds and Pullets
Humphrey Feeds and Pullets has a long history of rearing high quality pullets to order. Today, this is carried out on 11 sites, with high levels of biosecurity and bird welfare.
Trade supplier of the Year
Lodi has grown to be a leading supplier to the agricultural sector. Every year the company strives to launch new, innovative active ingredients to ensure customers have the best possible armoury in controlling pests.
Unit Manager of the Year
Anna Richardson from Joice & Hill Hatchery / Hendrix Genetics
Anna has demonstrated exceptional management skills in the face of the challenges posed by Covid-19, all while maintaining the performance of her unit.
Young Farmer of the Year
Victoria Axon, Cobb Europe
Victoria worked in one of the toughest poultry environments as a catcher and has turned around two units, demonstrating natural leadership skills that have led to several promotions running broiler units with excellent audit scores, faultless biosecurity and a spotless approach to cleanliness.
Young Farm Vet of the Year
Dr William Garton, Avivets
William impressed judges with his enthusiasm for poultry veterinary knowledge and entrepreneurship. He has shown an excellent level of dedication, enriching his experience and qualifications through continuous professional development, while his commitment to farms and flocks is evidenced by glowing praise from a long list of clients.
Young Processor of the Year
Stephen Pym, Moy Park
After joining the Moy Park graduate scheme in 2018, Stephen is already responsible for a team of 76 at the Ashbourne site. He impressed the judges with his enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment to promoting the industry to other young people through his role as a ‘Tasty Careers Ambassador’ with the Chilled Food Association.