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    Future British poultry farmers meet the farming minister

    NewsMonday 11 March 2013
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    A number of members from the next generation of UK poultry farmers met with David Heath, the current farming minister, to ask him questions about how the work of the government can affect their business. 

    The event took place in London and a number of members of the NFU’s and ABN’s Poultry Industry Programme were in attendance. They were there to learn more about how the industry lobbies the government and what work the government does. 
     
    NFU poultry adviser Chris Dickinson said: “This scheme has been hugely successful and has been embraced by the young farmers, who we hope will become some of the industry’s future leaders.
     
    “This particular day was all about learning the role of government in farming policy and they all took the opportunity to ask the minister probing questions about his work and how it affects their personal interests including blackhead in turkeys and poultry litter burning.”
     
    There were 19 participants who came from all over the UK and they met at the NFU office in London. 
     
    The morning began with the participants being trained on lobbying and they were then given a presentation from Paul Rooke from AIC on feed lobbying. 
     
    After the talk they took a guided tour around the Houses of Parliament, which was kindly organised by George Freeman MP.
     
    Dan Gauntlett, of AHVLA, kicked off the afternoon session and he outlined the procedures that occur in the event of a notifiable disease outbreak and they then met with the minister. 
     
    The next and final Poultry Industry Programme day takes place in Norfolk on March 28 and will focus on renewable energy. 
     
    Picture courtesy of the NFU.
     
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