Politicians, research scientists and British poultry farmers gathered in the House of Commons on 4 December to recognise distinguished service and scholarship at the British Poultry Council (BPC) awards.
The BPC's chairman, Ted Wright, and junior Defra minister Jonathan Shaw MP, both spoke about the challenges the industry had weathered in the last year before presenting the awards. There was much discussion amongst assembled BPC members about both the high feed prices and the future of free range flocks in light of avian influenza (AI).
The award winners in 2007 were:
BPC Scholarship Award
Gillian Hunter - University of Edinburgh
BPC Distinguished Service Awards
Kevin Ayres - Lloyd Maunders
Mick Odlin - Nobel Foods (posthumous)
Alan Payne - Cranberry Foods
BPC Distinguished Marketing Award
Kim Burgess - British Turkey Marketing Committee
BPC Special Service Award
Russell Kyle - International Animal Health, Defra
Following the presentation of the awards BPC members had high tea with MPs.