The 10th anniversary Poultry Trainee Award, backed by Zoetis and the British Poultry Council (BPC), is now open for entries, with £2500 in training and cash benefits on offer.
Last year’s top trainee, Annabelle Heath (pictured above), used her prizemoney to fund further education, studying for an HNC in poultry production at Scotland’s Rural College. She works for Cargill Meats in Herefordshire.
The 2014 winner, Sam Jones, who is responsible for Aviagen Turkeys grandparent farms in Cheshire, chose a specialist workshop on winter ventilation of poultry houses run by the University of Georgia in the USA. However, this was postponed due to the US avian influenza outbreak and instead he participated in the university’s spring course as a remote learner through its website as well as completing other courses in fork-lift operation, poultry welfare and management.
Judges for this year include Zoetis poultry manager in the UK and Ireland, James Porritt, and BPC policy director, Richard Griffiths.
The closing date for entries is September 23.