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Poultry farmers win big at national awards

The Tonks family

TWO poultry family farming businesses had cause to celebrate after recognition at both the Farmers Weekly Awards and the British Farming Awards, held in October.

St Ewe Free Range Eggs was named poultry farmer of the year, while Clive Soanes Broilers’ poultry and farm supervisor Mel Jackson was named Farm Worker of the Year in two separate award ceremonies.

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St Ewe Free Range Eggs won Farmers Weekly’s Poultry Farmer of the Year this year for its growth, consumer outreach and marketing innovations.

Aimee Mahony, chief poultry adviser at the NFU, was one of the judges on the panel and said: “I was impressed by the enthusiasm of everyone who works at St Ewe.

“Their focus and investment in innovation is contributing to a thriving business, while strong branding and family values are at the forefront of everything they do.”

Farm Worker of the Year

Meanwhile, Clive Soanes Broilers’ poultry and farm supervisor Mel Jackson was named Farm Worker of the Year in both Farmers Weekly’s awards, and Farmers Guardian’s British Farming Awards.

Ms Jackson said: “I enjoy working for Clive Soanes Broilers because every day is a learning day, and I get to work with animals, which is my biggest passion.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet that I have won two national farming awards in the space of two weeks, but I am absolutely delighted for myself and the team I work with.

“To be recognised by my boss, what else could I ask for? “