THE NFU has named former ABN account manager Tom Glen as its poultry adviser.

Mr Glen replaces Aimee Mahony who in mid-July was promoted to chief poultry adviser.

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He grew up in the Northamptonshire countryside before leaving to study biology in Leeds and got into agriculture “by chance” when he chose to look at a piglet nutrition trial as his final year research project.

AB Agri sponsored that project, and upon graduation joined the firm as a commercial nutrition graduate in 2014.

Mr Glen later moved to the ABN poultry team in a technical support capacity.

Problem solve

He worked on farm to support customers to problem solve, manage feed complaints and weigh birds.

From there, he moved into performance data and after a few years joined the commercial poultry team as an account manager.

He has also participated in the NFU’s Poultry Industry Programme.

Food and farming policy

On joining the union, he said: “I fancied a bit of a move into food and farming policy.

“I’m passionate about British food and farming and quite concerned about what the future might hold between things like COVID and Brexit.

“When the poultry adviser job came up, I thought it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

Valuable experience

“It’s new territory for me, but I’m looking forward to drawing on my poultry experience with ABN and to fly the flag for the poultry sector.”

NFU chief poultry adviser Aimee Mahony added: “Tom brings with him valuable experience from the poultry industry and plenty of enthusiasm and passion for the role and I’m pleased to have him on board.”