Moy Park farmers are recognised

Pictured at the Armagh City Hotel are the Moy Park Annual Farming Award winners with Moy Park's agricultural team.
Pictured at the Armagh City Hotel are the Moy Park Annual Farming Award winners with Moy Park's agricultural team.

Top food company, Moy Park, has applauded its top performing farmers at a special awards ceremony held at the Armagh City Hotel.

The Moy Park Annual Farming Awards recognised those who have delivered continuous and sustained improvement in agriculture standards over the past year.

Awards included the ‘Innovation Award’, ‘Higher Welfare Award’ and ‘Young Grower of the Year.

Commenting on the awards, Alan Gibson, UK and Ireland Director, Moy Park, said:

“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.”

He continued: “The category winners and runner-ups 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. I’d like to once again offer my congratulations to all the Moy Park Annual Farming Award winners and thank them for their continued dedication.”

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 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