Moy Park has launched ‘Agricultural Academy’ a learning and development program aimed at upskilling colleagues across its agri team throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as the wider business.

An experienced team of Moy Park managers and mentors, combined with the services of external providers, will bolster participants’ understanding of the wider agri-food industry through workshop-based learning and training seminars. The academy also provides staff with management development opportunities and will focus on key pillars vital to leading farming practices including innovation and research, bird performance and animal welfare.

This is the latest launch in Moy Park’s series of Academies, and the Agricultural Academy specifically combines Moy Park’s ‘Poultry Expertise’ and ‘Technical Knowledge’ programs.

Upon launching the new academy, Moy Park’s Director of Agriculture, David Gibson said: “Upholding the highest standard of animal welfare is the foundation on which our business is built. Our Agricultural Academy will enhance the knowledge and practical skills of our agri colleagues and provide them with long term support to grow and progress within the business, and in the process, deliver real change and improved performance for Moy Park.

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“The academy exposes people to the diversity of growing chicken, what role science and technology plays and also what part we as individuals can play through enhanced management and best practices on the farm. Each component of this blended learning program will ultimately underpin our overarching aim of welfare as a condition.”

Moy Park, headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, produces fresh and value-added poultry, ready-to-eat meals, breaded and frozen foods, beef and pork products, vegetarian foods and desserts, according to the WATTPoultry.com Top Companies Database. It was acquired by Pilgrim’s Pride in 2017. It is the second largest poultry companies in the United Kingdom and the sixth largest in Europe. Moy Park slaughters 312 million broilers annually.