Poultry Trainee of the Year Award deadline nears

The deadline for entries for the Zoetis/British Poultry Council Trainee of the Year is only a few weeks away. Entrants must demonstrate a number of qualities to win the award and its £2,000 training grant.

“As well as demonstrating a good knowledge of their own farm’s technical performance and having a knowledge of some of the wider industry issues, what we are really hoping to see in the finalists is bags of enthusiasm and an interest in furthering their careers within the poultry sector,” said Philip Clarke, editor of Poultry World, who has been a judge for the past three years.

“In the past, entries have tended to come from the poultrymeat sector. But we are equally keen to see entries from the egg sector, and have also opened the competition to the game sector this year.”

Another judge, John Newton, ADAS senior consultant, emphasised how important it is to encourage young people to see the sector as a worthwhile and progressive career opportunity.

How to enter

The award is open to anyone in the poultry industry or game sector. There is no age limit. Entries must be received by Friday 30 August.

The judging panel, which also includes Richard Griffiths of BPC and Tony Grainger of Zoetis, will select the finalists and interview them on 10 October. The winner will be announced at the BPC Poultry Awards ceremony at the House of Commons on 2 December.

Entry forms are available for download at www.fwi.co.uk/poultrytraining

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