Son follows dad to manage poultry unit

Twenty five years after Joice and Hill sales director Peter Cumbers managed the Babraham Breeding Farm in Cambridgeshire, the same unit is now being managed by his son, Brad.

Peter ran the Babraham Breeding Farm for the ISA Poultry Services Company for four years. Then, in 1988, he was promoted to area sales manager for East Anglia­ – the same year that former health minister Edwina Currie was forced to resign after she issued a warning about salmonella in British eggs.

Brad joined Babraham in September last year to help redevelop the farm, including the installation of new equipment and a total refurbishment. The site was stocked in January this year with Bovans Brown and ISA Warren parent stock – 20,000 females in total.

Babraham Farms is now a modern Joice and Hill parent stock farm with high standards of bio security, providing hatching eggs to the company’s hatchery at Eye.

“Naturally I am delighted to see Brad working in the egg sector,” said Peter Cumbers. “Family connections aside, Joice and Hill are committed to bringing young people into the business.”

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