26 February 2019
Connie Reeves, second year BSc Hons Animal Production Science student and recipient of the British Poultry Council with Moy Park Scholarship.
“I was looking for a position that would allow me to gain a good understanding of the science of production and the placement with Moy Park would be the perfect opportunity for me to experience all aspects of broiler production, from breeding to hatcheries, rearing and processing of meat products”, says Connie, 20.
“I’m originally from Gloucestershire where my father worked on a dairy farm, so I had experience with livestock from a young age. We moved up to Northamptonshire and from the age of 13 I began helping on my uncle’s free range layer farm. This is where my interest in poultry first started. I also help my grandfather with his beef cattle and have shown his pedigree Zwartbles sheep at a number of agricultural shows.
Poultry is where Connie’s heart lies, and coupled with excelling at science, this has guided her decisions to date. “From working on the farm packing eggs, I was intrigued by the difference in farming methods between livestock systems, and saw the high level of science behind egg production. I then gained work experience to see more of the industry which confirmed to me that I want to pursue my career in poultry. This scholarship will allow me to gain essential knowledge on a variety of aspects including the health, nutrition and genetics of the birds.”
Outside of university, Connie, from Stanwick, is not short of activities to fill her time. “I am an active member of Oundle Young Farmer’s Club when I am home. I enjoy taking part in a variety of competitions, including stock judging, sports and cookery. I have also been part of the club’s fundraising, including an annual clay shoot which raised £6000 for three charities.”
Having the right vehicle is a key consideration when considering an agricultural career – and Connie got ahead of the game on this one. “At the age of 15 I bought a Series 3 Landrover which I had saved up for. It is still an ongoing project and there are many things that need working on but I enjoy driving it around the farm to check on the cattle and chickens.”