THE team at the farming business that supplies Soanes Poultry are celebrating after top on-farm performance has led to them joining Aviagen’s Ross 420 Club.

Clive Soanes Broilers’ Farm Managers, Graham Bell, Gabriel Lenghel and Andrew Tyler were presented with the Aviagen Ross 420 Club award at a celebration lunch recently.

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The award is given to less than 1% of UK growers and rewards the achievements of Ross broiler flock poultry farmers who have reached a European Production Efficiency Factor (EPEF) of 420 or more.

EPEF is an equation used to measure the technical performance of a broiler flock and takes into consideration the feed conversion ratio (FCR), liveability (life expectancy), live weight and slaughter age of the bird.

Kieron Daniels, Aviagen UK technical service manager, said: “Aspiring to be part of the 420 Club is what inspires growers to work so hard to achieve their scores.

‘Exclusive top 1%’

“It’s great to welcome Graham, Gabriel and Andrew to the Club. Membership has grown from just three to over 650 members in the last 13 years, and the high-scoring individuals in the 420 Club represent an exclusive top 1% of the UK poultry industry.”

Clive Soanes Broilers’ managing director, Claire Wright, added: “We’re delighted that three of our farming team have become members of the Ross 420 Club.

“It’s a great achievement by Graham, Gabriel and Andrew that puts them up there alongside other distinguished growers in the 420 Club’s elite of British growers.

“The team have worked incredibly hard, paying attention to every detail of rearing to achieve this level of performance and high levels of animal welfare.”