Poultry Club of Scotland guests braved Storm Babet and made it to the Dunblane Hydro for a night of celebrating and honouring the Scottish Poultry Industry.

The dinner, in its 26th year, is one of the most successful events in the poultry calendar and is going from strength to strength and this year attracted 300 guests from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.

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Richard Buchan from Newquip (Big Dutchman) received the prestigious 2023 Howie Surgenor Cup for his outstanding contribution to the Scottish Poultry Industry over a lifetime.

Presented by Robert Chapman of Farmlay, Richard started his career on the family farm before moving into equipment sales and he has been a key member of the trade ever since.

Mr Chapman, who has built a close relationship with Richard and has been dealing with him for several years, said” “his knowledge of equipment is second to none, and he always goes the extra mile to make sure his customers are looked after”.

This year’s Young Person Award, recognising someone committed, dedicated and enthusiastic in their day-to-day work, went to Mike Mclaughlin from Hewitt Farming Ltd at Carnwath.

Mike received his award from committee member David Montgomerie, who spoke about Mike’s transition from broiler to layer production and how he is “someone who just gets things done, takes advice from suppliers and managers and everyone he meets to solve problems as they come along”.

Special thanks

Special thanks were also given to Chris Baxter, chief executive of the Harbro Group, who is stepping down as chairman and to two long-serving committee members David Montgomerie and Linda Steven who are both retiring.

David joined the committee in 1999 and has been “instrumental” in growing the dinner into the event it is now, and Linda has been secretary for the past seven years, ensuring that everything behind the scenes runs smoothly.