Farming minister quizzed

Nineteen young poultry farmers from across the UK quizzed farming minister David Heath on Friday (8 March) about how his work can impact their businesses.

The farmers are members of the NFU’s and ABN’s Poultry Industry Programme and spent a day in London to learn about the industry and the government.

NFU poultry adviser Chris Dickinson said: "This scheme has been hugely successful and has been embraced by the young farmers, who we hope will become some of the industry’s future leaders.

"This particular day was all about learning the role of government in farming policy and they all took the opportunity to ask the minister probing questions about his work and how it affects their personal interests, including blackhead in turkeys and poultry litter burning," he added.

The participants were also given a presentation from Paul Rooke from AIC on feed lobbying and attended a guided tour around the Houses of Parliament, organised by George Freeman MP.

The next and final Poultry Industry Programme day, which will focus on renewable energy, takes place in Norfolk on 28 March.

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