Twelve Northern Ireland poultry farmers have been recognised for their world class poultry production standards at a special awards ceremony held by the global broiler breeder firm, Aviagen.
The 12, who all supply Moy Park, are now part of an elite 5% of poultry flocks in the UK who have gained membership of Aviagen’s ‘Ross 400 Club’, a forum which acknowledges those who reach a European Production Efficiency Factor (EPEF) of 400 or more. The EPEF takes account of a variety of performance measures, including animal nutrition and husbandry, as well as production management.
“Being a member of the ‘Ross 400 Club’ is a significant achievement and is testament to the dedication and hard work of our farmers,” said Moy Park’s NI broiler manager, John Harrison, adding that it demonstrates that the firm’s farming partners are operating to world class standards across every level of poultry production.
Aviagen’s technical services manager, Stuart Thomson, also paid tribute to the farmers’ achievement, before making special mention of Co. Antrim’s William Calderwood from Dunloy for successfully entering his eighth flock in a row, becoming only the second 400 Club member to gain that achievement.
Headline image shows the successful 12 with Mr Thomson after the awards ceremony.