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Twelve Moy Park farmers in Northern Ireland have joined the coveted Ross 400 Club – a measure of exceptional broiler performance.

Fewer than 5% of flocks in the UK achieve the status, which is based on the European Production Efficiency Factor (EPEF).

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EPEF is the equation used to measure the technical performance of a flock and takes in to consideration the feed conversion ration (FCR), liveability (life expectancy), liveweight and bird’s age.

The Ross club winners

One of the Moy Park growers, William Calderwood, has just registered an eighth successive 400-plus EPEF – becoming only the second farmer to do so.

Moy Park is committed to industry-leading agriculture excellence and this accolade demonstrates that our farming partners are operating to world-class standards John Harrison, Moy Park

Moy Park’s John Harrison said: “Being a member of the Ross 400 Club is a significant achievement and is testament to the dedication and hard work of our farmers.

“Moy Park is committed to industry-leading agriculture excellence and this accolade demonstrates that our farming partners are operating to world-class standards across every level of poultry production – from animal health and welfare to operational effectiveness.”

Stuart Thomson, technical services manager at Aviagen, added: “Entries from Moy Park growers in 2015 made up 30% of all submissions, which is a terrific feat and a testament to everyone’s hardwork.”

Just 30 farmers supplying Moy Park have joined the 400 club since its inception in 2012.

All club members receive an award, certificate, annual newsletter, branded merchandise and have their name added to a role of honour on the Aviagen website.