Suffolk poultry farmer wins M&S Young Producer award

Norfolk poultry farmer Billy Swain has won a Young Producer award from Marks and Spencer. Picture: J

Norfolk poultry farmer Billy Swain has won a Young Producer award from Marks and Spencer. Picture: James Neale. - Credit: James Neale

An East Anglian poultry farmer has won a national award in recognition of his efforts to improve productivity and inspire the next generation.

Billy Swain won the Young Producer category at the M&S Farming for the Future awards, thanks to his work at a farm in Ubbeston, near Halesworth, where he rears turkeys for the retailer.

The 39-year-old said bird welfare is at the forefront of everything that happens on the farm and, as well as improving the farm's efficiency, he also passes on his expertise by taking part in a mentoring programme at a local secondary school.

Award judges said the quality of birds produced on Mr Swain's farm is a testament to his attention to detail and implementation of small, gradual changes, all of which add up to fantastic results.

Steve McLean, head of agriculture and fisheries at M&S, said: 'Billy is a very worthy winner who has demonstrated innovative thinking, commercial success and social responsibility in the way that they manage and execute their business.'


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