Best of Irish chicken producers rewarded by Moy Park

Northern Irish chicken producer Moy Park has recognised its top-performing farmers at a special awards ceremony.

The occasion, which was held at the Armagh City Hotel on 1 June, rewarded those who have delivered sustained improvement in agricultural standards over the past year. Prizes included those for Innovation, Higher Welfare and Young Grower of the Year.

As a leading food company, agriculture excellence is at the heart of our business, so this awards ceremony now in its 17th year - provided us with the perfect opportunity to recognise and reward the top-performing Moy Park farmers across Northern Ireland for their outstanding work, said Moy Parks UK and Ireland director Alan Gibson. .

The category winners have all demonstrated a commitment to sustainability, welfare and quality an ethos that we consider incredibly important at Moy Park. We continue to work closely with our farming base across Northern Ireland and GB to ensure our standards and practices are industry-leading.

Award winners include:

Grandparent Rearing Award
Stanley Gordon from Churchill, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Grandparent Laying Award
Derek McKeown from Ballygawley, Co Tyrone

Parent Stock Rearing Award
Ian Millar from Sion Mills, Co Tyrone

Parent Stock Laying Award Small
Alan, Noeleen and Stephen Holden from Donemanagh, Co Tyrone

Parent Stock Laying Award Large
Ian Trimble from Donaghmore, Co Tyrone

Alternative Breed Award
Billy Nixon from Donemanagh, Co Tyrone

Standard/Standard Plus Award Small
Declan McCloskey from Loughgiel, Co Antrim

Standard/Standard Plus Award Large
Brian Quinn from Donaghmore, Co Tyrone

High Welfare Award Small
William Montgomery from Broughshane, Co Antrim

High Welfare Award Large
Paul Hobson from Dungannon, Co Tyrone

Free Range Rearing Award
Ian Alexander from Templepatrick, Co Antrim

Free Range Day Old to Finish Award
George McWhirter from Collone, Co Armagh

Free Range Finishing Award
Raymond Orr from Clogher, Co Tyrone

Organic Finishing Award
Kingsley Bell from Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone

Turkey Breeder Award
Jack Compton from Rathkenny, Co Antrim

Turkey Free Range Award
Emma and Cathal McAuley from Cushendall, Co Antrim

Turkey High Welfare/Standard Award
Patrick McGinley from Omagh, Co Tyrone

Best Young Poultry Breeder Award
Jonny Kirk from Saintfield, Co Down

Best Young Grower Award
Gareth Murray, Aghalee, Co Antrim

Innovation Award
Graham McIlroy from Aghadowey, Co Londonderry

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