A POULTRY farmer whose expertise and attention to detail has seen him regularly exceed industry standards has been nominated for this year’s farming awards.

Penrhos Poultry, based near Lyonshall in north Herefordshire, uses technology to improve efficiency as it provides 45,000 chickens to industry giant Avara Foods, which has a factory in Hereford.

Manager Lee Baxter has been nominated by the farm’s owner for his consistently good work.

Richard Williams said: “The site is Red Tractor-approved, with regular audits to ensure compliance with current standards.

“The site is heated with a biomass boiler, with a borehole to provide drinking water and solar panels to provide some electricity.

“The poultry site is part of Penrhos Farm, which also grows cherries, dessert apples and combinable crops on rotation. All wheat grown on the farm is fed back to the chickens as part of their balanced diet.

“Redhill poultry site has regularly achieved performance above the industry standard, something that only comes from good management and attention to detail.

“Lee excels at paying close attention to what is happening on farm at all stages throughout the growing period, reacting swiftly and efficiently to any problems that may arise.”

He added: “Lee was also awarded Chicken Farmer of the Year 2019 by Avara Foods, of which he is very proud.”

Mr Baxter has been nominated in the Poultry Farmer of the Year category at this year’s awards.

If you know someone worthy of recognition, you can submit a nomination by visiting www.hereford times.com/awards/tcf

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