National Egg & Poultry Awards 2020: Meet the finalists

Last month, the judges of the National Egg & Poultry Awards held a conference call to examine all the entries and come up with the finalists in each category.

It was a tough job, with lots of excellent applicants. Some of the categories had a wide range of different entries and there were also three new categories this year – young farmer of the year, young vet of the year, and young processor of the year, designed to recognise up and coming talent. 

The judges – Charles Bourns, Richard Griffiths, Mark Williams, Chloe Ryan, Paul Kelly, and Gary Ford – all agreed there was a very high standard of entrant – and each winner will have made a significant achievement.

Egg Packer of the Year

Farmlay Eggs, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire

Ellis Eggs, Aberdare, Wales

Egg Producer of the Year

Allan Panniers, AW & GS Panniers

Jonathan Stokes, CJ Stokes & Son

Alex & Chris Watts, A&S Poultry

Grower of the year

Nick and Claire Bragg, Frogmary Farm, Somerset

Lee Baxter, Penrhos Poultry, Kington Herefordshire

Hatchery of the Year

Joice & Hill, Peterborough

Farmgate Hatcheries, Danbury, Essex

Innovation of the year

Noble Foods egg bites

PECK Drinks, Eazy Egg

Pullet Rearer of the Year

Humphrey Pullets


Unit manager of the year

Lee Baxter, Penrhos Poultry

Anna Richardson, Joice & Hill hatchery, Peterborough

Alin Ratiu, Joice & Hill

Young Farmer of the year

Ivory Arden, Chirpy Egg Co

Victoria Axon, Cobb Europe

Matt Donald, Donald Pig & Poultry

Young Processor of the year

Stephen Pym, Moy Park

Tom Copas, Copas Traditional Turkeys

Young farm vet of the year

Helena Brewer, PHS

Henry Lamb, Crowshall Veterinary Services

William Garton, Avivets

Poultry Business of the year

Joice & Hill

Copas Traditional Turkeys

Moy Park


Trade supplier of the year

As well as the categories already announced, we have another category which will be decided upon by you, the readers.

We want to find the best Trade Supplier of the Year, and to do this we would like to know which businesses go above and beyond in supplying the egg and poultry sector.

The nominees for the best trade supplier are:

  • St David’s Poultry Team
  • Crowshall Veterinary Services
  • Forfarmers
  • Arden Wood Shavings
  • Lodi UK
  • STAX Converting
  • Prinzen UK
  • Vencomatic UK
  • International Water Solutions

You can vote for your winner on the website


Come to the networking event for the whole industry 

The National Egg & Poultry Awards 2020 will take place in the autumn in London.

The event will comprise a three-course gala dinner with pre-dinner drinks and table wine. There will be a full awards presentation hosted by sports broadcaster Mark Chapman.

With a 15-year career spanning television and radio, Chapman fronts a number of BBC Radio 5Live’s flagship sports programmes, including coverage of the Premier League, Rugby Union, cricket and golf.

On television, as well as being the face of one of the BBC’s most popular sports programmes Match of the Day 2, he fronts the BBC’s Rugby League coverage as well as the network’s coverage of American Football.

Shortlisted finalists will receive two complimentary tickets.

Tickets can be purchased for £180 + VAT per person

Tables of 10 are £1,650 + VAT

To purchase tickets or tables please visit our dedicated website where you can download an order form, complete the details and return by email to or call her on 01825 983118 – where you can also find out about hotels and discounted accommodation rates on the night of the awards.







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