Poultry farmer vies for national honour

Daniel Fairburn, of LJ Fairburn & Son.
Daniel Fairburn, of LJ Fairburn & Son.
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The managing director of a Lincolnshire poultry firm is in the running for the title of Poultry Farmer of the Year after making the final three in a national competition.

Daniel Fairburn, of L.J. Fairburn and Son, is vying for the honour in The Farmers Weekly Awards 2015.

The awards recognise and reward farmers for innovation, their commitment to the industry and for hard work.

Judging teams will now be visiting all 45 finalists across the 15 award categories ahead of the winners being revealed at a glittering ceremony in London on October 1.

L.J. Fairburn and Son, based at Alford, is a family farming business and now one of the largest egg producers, packers and suppliers in the UK - delivering more than 13 million eggs every week.

In 2012, Aldi gave the business its first chance to supply direct to retail. Today, it has accounts with Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Asda, The Co-operative, Iceland, Netto and 3663 Food Service.

Mr Fairburn said it was ‘a huge honour’ to have been shortlisted.

He said: “The way our family business has progressed over the last two years is down to my teams’ overwhelming drive and determination – all 175 members of staff share a genuine passion for the egg laying industry and take pride in producing a product to the very highest standards.”