Newport, Monday November 3rd – The judging panel of the BPC/ForFarmers (formerly BOCM PAULS) has named John Reed, Agricultural Director of Cargill’s European Poultry Business, as the Poultry Person of the Year for 2014. The award was presented at the banquet of the Egg & Poultry Industry Conference on the evening of Monday 3rd November.
James Hook, Vice-Chair of the BPC and Managing Director of PD Hook, presented Mr Reed with the trophy at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport where the Egg & Poultry Industry Conference (EPIC) is currently taking place.
The judging panel said: “The generous nomination received outlined his tireless work to broaden the appeal and the profile of the poultry meat sector, and how he has helped develop the careers of others. We wholeheartedly agreed that this effort should be recognised and applauded.”
John Reed on being presented with the award: “I am delighted to receive such an award from my peers. There have been so many great winners who have devoted their lives to this industry – it is an honour to be named alongside them.”
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John Reed’s biography: John joined the poultry industry in 1977 from Agricultural College as a graduate trainee with Eastwoods. After a change of ownership to the Imperial Group and then Hillsdown Holdings he held a number of agricultural management positions with Daylay Foods (Commercial egg production).
1989 – awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship and looked at “Practical Disease Prevention and Control” in Sweden, USA and Spain.
1991 – joined Moorland Poultry Ltd, as Agricultural Director for the Turkey Processor.
1998 – joined Sun Valley Foods as Agricultural Director of the turkey and broiler business. The role covers the purchasing of feed raw materials and manufacture of poultry feeds, the breeding, hatching and growing of poultry, transportation of live birds, and laboratory services. He is involved with Cargill’s global poultry businesses.
2000 – made fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society.
October 2010 – elected to Chairman of the British Poultry Council.
September 2012 – re-elected to Chairman of the British Poultry Council.
September 2014 –re-elected to Chairman of the British Poultry Council until 31st December 2016.
About the BPC and ForFarmers Poultry Person Of The Year Award:
This Award was first made in 1953. It can only be made once to any individual. Nominations are sought from the entire poultry industry. It is presented at the Egg & Poultry Industry Conference’s Banquet held in mid-November this year at Celtic Manor in Newport.
The BPC/ForFarmers Poultry Person of the Year Judging Panel for 2014 are as follows:
John Cessford, ForFarmers
Phil Clarke, Poultry World
Richard Griffiths, BPC
Steve Lister, Crowshall Veterinary Practice
Mark Williams, British Egg Industry Council
About the Egg Poultry Industry Conference (EPIC):
For further details about the EPIC Conference 2014 and a previous list of winners please see the following web-links: http://www.epiconference.co.uk/ , http://www.epiconference.co.uk/event06-award.php
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About Cargill’s European Poultry operations
Herefordshire has been the base for Cargill’s poultry business in Europe for more than 50 years. Cargill is a leading supplier and innovator of primary and further processed chicken products to retail, food service and food manufacturing customers and their consumers. Cargill has production facilities in Hereford, Wolverhampton and Newent in the UK, and in France and Russia.