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Mileham trainee is a finalist in British Poultry Council's awards scheme

Warren Knights is a trainee at a broiler farm in Mileham.

Warren Knights is a trainee at a broiler farm in Mileham.

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A Norfolk poultry worker has been shortlisted among the finalists of a national trainee awards scheme.

Warren Knights began working on the Bright family’s broiler-growing farm at Mileham, near Fakenham, in May last year.

Four months later Tim Bright became ill and the new trainee worked tirelessly with Mr Bright’s wife Sue to keep the farm going.

“Without Warren, we would have had to shut the farm until I recovered enough to start again,” said Mr Bright.

Warren’s training is provided by Poultec, who nominated him for two awards in the summer.

He is one of three finalists in the Zoetis / British Poultry Council Trainee Award for 2017, where he is up against workers from a free range egg production unit in Shropshire, and a hatchery in Herefordshire.

The winner, who will be announced at the British Poultry Council awards presentations at the House of Commons on December 5, receives a £2,000 training grant from animal health company Zoetis and a £500 cash prize from the magazine Poultry World.

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