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Success at the Devon Farm Business Awards for Jacqui!

‘I entered the ‘Best Woman in Farming’ category because I feel there are lots of women like me in farming who look after the compliance and business aspects of a farm. I think they are often unsung heroes of farming and I wanted to highlight this kind of work. I was so excited to win that category but never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would go onto become overall ‘Farmer of the Year’ – simply because I am not a traditional hands-on farmer.

I was stunned but honoured and delighted especially to be the first woman crowned as ‘Farmer of the Year’ since the awards were launched 5 years ago.’

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Industry awards

The Devon Farm Business AwardsThe Devon Farm Business Awards were held in May 2014, on the eve of the Devon Country Show.  They seek to identify the best in Devon, to highlight the skill and dedication of those involved across the farming industry and to inspire others to excel.  We are proud to announce we were voted Devon's Best Commercial Farmer.   

In 2013 we won the Health & Welfare category at the Pig & Poultry Marketing Awards. In addition to this we were Highly Commended Poultry Producer of the Year at the same awards ceremony.

The judges commented 'Several factors made Devonshire Poultry stand out. Commitment to training, investment in exceeding standards of welfare and their willingness to show people around, with visitors coming from Australia and Africa to see how they grow the slower growing broilers and the benefits they bring. Their background was not a family poultry farm, and investment in high welfare could have been a risk, but it has paid off in this outstanding business.'

2014 - Devon Farm Business Awards - Best Commercial Farmer

2013 - Pig & Poultry Marketing Awards - Winner Health and Welfare Award
- Pig & Poultry Marketing Awards - Highly Commended Poultry Producer of the Year
- Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year - Runner up
2009 - Pig & Poultry Marketing Awards - Highly Commended Poultry Producer of the Year
2009/2007 - Lloyd Maunder - Classic Chicken Grower of the Year
2003/2004 - Lloyd Maunder - Corn Fed Chicken Grower of the Year
2001 - Trouw Nutrition/NFU - Broiler Grower Efficiency Awards

2013 Pig & Poultry Winner Heath & Welfare2013 Pig & Poultry Producer2013 Pig & Poultry Producer of the year 2009Lloyd Maunder Cornfed Chicken Grower 2003/4Broiler Grower Efficiency Award 2001

In the press & on TV

We have taken part in several radio programmes and television documentaries, working alongside Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver among others. We have had articles published in a number of farming magazines and have been quoted regularly in local, regional and national press.

Robert is available for comment on issues relating to poultry farming and wider agricultural practices. Please see the ‘contact us’ section for details about how to get in touch.

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Newspaper articles

Mole Valley Newsletter - August 2014

Western Morning News - 27th May 2009 - 26th May 2004 - 15th May 2002 - 11th May 2000

Poultry World - December 2013 - November 2008 - November 2007 page one - November 2007 page two - September 2006 - April 2004 - August 2003 - June / August 2002

Express and Echo - 27th October 2006 - 16th May 2000

SW Farmer - July 2009 - June 2000

Okehampton Times - May 2002 - May 2000

Calor - Page One - Page Two

NFU Business - May 2000

RSPCA brochure -2006

Poultry Forum - July / August 2000

NFU regional journal - June 2000

Lloyds TBS marketplace - Autumn 2002

Cobb Focus - October 2002

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