Poultry honours handed out

The poultry industry gathered in London this week to celebrate individual achievements that have boosted the sector in the past or will do so in the future.

In a ceremony at the House of Commons the British Poultry Council (BPC) gave awards recognising both distinguished service and scholarships to promising newcomers.

John Reed, BPC chairman, said: “As the industry’s trade association we want to show our appreciation to those people who spend their working lives in the poultry sector, and go above and beyond the usual call of duty. We also award scholarships to acknowledge the contribution of the next generation; those who will drive the industry forward in the long-term.”

This year the BPC awards went to Professor Peter Biggs, who took home a Special Merit Award for his outstanding guidance and chairmanship of the Assured Chicken Production standards committee.

Distinguished Service Awards were given to John Cessford of BOCM Pauls, for his outstanding commitment to leading the BPC Growers Committee for over 20 years, Stephen Macdonald, of Cargill Meats Europe, for the huge contribution he has made to the knowledge and understanding of the hatching environment and process, and to Ted Wright, formerly of Bernard Matthews, for his leadership of the sector both as BPC chairman and as chair of the Assured Food Standards Poultry Board.

Two scholarships were awarded to Jessica Hopkins, of the Scottish Agricultural College, for her PhD work on the humane culling of poultry, and to Angel Ramirez, of Harper Adams University College, for his PhD on the carbon footprint of rendered products, focusing on the poultry industry.

Reed added: “At this time when the future of food production is under intense scrutiny the UK poultry industry is ready to stand up and be counted as an essential part of the solution. In feeding the nation we are always looking to improve, and our people are the foundation for that.”