|Zoetis / BPC Poultry Trainee Award goes to Herefordshire|
|Herefordshire breeder farm manager Nicholas Ham is the winner of the 2013 Zoetis / British Poultry Council Trainee of the Year Award.
He was presented with the award, which includes a £2000 training grant, by the Farming Minister George Eustice at the British Poultry Council’s annual awards ceremony at the House of Commons.
The award, which recognises ability, enthusiasm and progress through training, is sponsored by Zoetis in conjunction with the British Poultry Council and the magazine Poultry World.
Nicholas Ham joined Cargill Meats Europe three years ago as an assistant on a 35,000–bird broiler breeder farm near Woolhope, Hereford, and after two years was promoted to run the unit. Uncertain about prospects for motor engineering facing the economic recession, he had chosen to begin a career in poultry rather than study engineering at university and worked initially on a free-range egg laying unit near Gloucester for three years.
John Nicholls, Cargill breeder manager, praised his ‘good attention to detail and excellent stockmanship skill’ – with training both in-company and through Poultec helping his development and promotion.
Nicholas Ham gained a level 3 diploma in work-based agriculture during the summer, and plans to use the grant money to progress to higher level qualification and to further his knowledge of bird health. He would like to widen his experience of the broiler breeder sector and has his sights on becoming a fieldsman or area manager.
One of the judging panel, Nigel Lodge, national veterinary manager of Zoetis, said “All three finalists showed dedication to the industry and a desire to progress within it. However, Nicholas’ enthusiasm stood out and his plans for using the grant money would clearly benefit both him and his current employer.”
The runners-up are Danny Ashley who works at the Aviagen Turkeys hatchery at Grantham, Lincolnshire, and Steven McMorrine, who manages a broiler farm for 2 Agriculture at Broxburn, near Edinburgh.
The Zoetis / British Poultry Council Trainee of the Year Award is chosen by a judging panel comprising Philip Clarke, editor of Poultry World; Richard Griffiths, senior executive officer of BPC; John Newton, senior poultry consultant of ADAS, and Nigel Lodge, national veterinary manager of Zoetis. In addition to the £2000 training grant, Nicholas Ham receives an engraved trophy with another trophy for Cargill Meats Europe.
|Yorkshire leading the way in putting goose on autumn menus|
|Yorkshire goose producer Stuart Mathison and country hotel Beverley Tickton Grange showed how to expand the market for goose by getting more chefs to put it on the autumn menu.
The Mathison family, who hosted the British Goose Producers’ annual farm walk at Leven, near Beverley, in October, produce 1500 geese a year with one third going into the catering market during the autumn ahead of the main demand at Christmas.
And at one of their customers, the nearby Tickton Grange Hotel, well known local chef David Nowell spoke about the new approaches to cooking and serving goose that would appeal to restaurants and caterers — and then served BGP members luncheon based on goose.
“Goose is a fantastic product and the challenge for the restaurant is to make it affordable,” said Mr Nowell, food and beverage executive of Tickton Grange, who played a prominent role in the Beverley Food Festival earlier this month.
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|Success for new Georgian pig unit|
|A privately-owned 650-sow Georgian farm, established with genetics from Britain in 2012, is on target to produce over 30 pigs per sow a year, around 20 per cent above budget.
The unit, established about 50 km south of the country’s capital Tbilisi, includes its own slaughter facilities and the owners, Kalanda Ltd, recently held an open day designed to attract meat buyers. Georgia is seriously short of home-produced meat but the new herd is on its way to help address this — producing 380 pigs per week rather than the 320 originally budgeted for.
“This is the most modern farm in Georgia. Due to the health status of the pigs and the very high standard of management, they have been weaning an average of 12.5 pigs per litter from gilts,” commented Matthew Curtis, ACMC’s managing director, who made a presentation at the event.
His company is supplying great-grandparent stock and boars to enable the unit to be its own multiplier, produce its own replacements and expand production. Kalanda is being provided with technical back-up from ACMC’s headquarters in Beeford, Yorkshire, which includes PigCom management system that, says Matthew, is highly valued.
Gilts started farrowing in July and the farm will be producing finished pigs by December 2014
|The new 650 sow farm established by Kalanda Ltd in Georgia with British stock from ACMC Ltd is on target to produce over 30 pigs per sow per year.|