28 April 1995

Victors collect their quality awards

SEVEN egg, broiler and turkey producers shared the honours in the 1995 National Poultry Meat & Egg Quality Awards. They were presented with their trophies in London last week in an annual competition sponsored by BOCM Pauls, ADAS and the NFU.

Turkey winners were Philip Baxter, Cottage Farm Turkeys, Sevenoaks, Kent, and Ivor Gleed, Penycarn Farm, Monmouth, Gwent. Mr Baxter produces 100,000 birds a year, while Mr Gleed produces 9000 turkeys and 2000 capons a year. "I am delighted with this win. It is very important that we consistently produce turkeys to the highest possible standards and continue to provide our customers with what they are looking for," said Mr Baxter.

Broiler winners were Grampian Country Chickens, Aberdeenshire, producing over 1m birds a week, and Premier Poultry, Newark, Notts, which has been a contest winner for the past three years. On the egg front there were three winners: Bennetts Farm Eggs, Bamford, Sheffield, with 5500 layers; Dorset Fresh Eggs, Old Lawn Farm, Wimborne, Dorset, which has also been a winner for the past three years; and Park View Farm Eggs, Market Rasen, Lincs.

In addition to home production, several other local free range and barn/perchery egg producers supply Park View, which also markets locally made cheeses.