Daniel Roberts - Avian Influenza: How can we reduce the risk?
I am 35 years old and live in Oxfordshire with my wife Gemma and my three daughters Molly, Madilyn and Betsy. Although not from a farming background I knew from an early age that agriculture would be my chosen profession. After leaving school I spent a year at Moulton College studying agriculture before joining Faccenda Foods in 2001 to begin my career in the broiler sector of the UK poultry industry. In 2006 I moved to Staffordshire and spent six years working for Wootton Organic growing a variety of poultry before returning to Faccenda Foods in 2012, yes they had me back!
To progress I had to challenge myself and this came in the form of my current role as Area Manager for a group of company owned broiler farms. The area I am responsible for encompasses 4 million broiler chickens and over 40 employees. I have recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Poultry Business Management at Harper Adams and an Institute of Leadership Management Course.
Outside of work I do my best to keep fit; this included a 500 mile charity bike ride in June alongside a group of budding cyclists from the UK poultry industry. I enjoy playing and watching rugby and of course spending time with my family. I also volunteer for a charity called Contact the Elderly, an invaluable outreach for older people.
I am delighted to be sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Farmers and Savills with The Poultry Group: Aviagen, Cobb Europe and Hubbard. I would also like to thank everyone at Faccenda Foods for their continued support.