james baxter© Jim Varney

April marks the last month that poultry farmers can put their name forward or nominate somebody to enter this year’s Farmers Weekly Awards.

Entries close on 30 April at midnight, and any poultrymeat or egg farm – whether wholly owned and independent, contracted or company-managed – can enter.

Judges will consider the business as a whole, including technical management, bird performance, marketing prowess, financial acumen and the entrant’s standing in the poultry sector.

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Previous winners include David Brass, of the Lakes Free Range Egg Company and Stephen and Richard Tulip, of Lintz Hall Eggs. But it is not just big companies; last year James Baxter took the overall title by displaying exemplary bird performance and razor sharp focus on figures at his Dumfriesshire farm.

Mr Baxter will join judges Gary Ford, NFU chief poultry adviser, and Poultry World editor Jake Davies, in selecting this year’s three finalists.

The judges will then visit each entrant, to determine the overall winner, who is revealed in October at the Farmers Weekly Awards – a top night out at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.