Trainees in the British pig and poultry industries have the opportunity to compete for more than £5,000 worth of prizes in the 2010 Pfizer Animal Health Trainee of the Year Awards.

Each winner is awarded a £2,000 training grant and receives a £500 cash prize and trophy.

The awards are open to anyone developing their skills through on-the-job NVQ training. The deadline for entries is July 16 for the poultry award and July 30 for the pig award.

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Entry forms can be downloaded online (poultry / pig).

“The success of the UK pig and poultry industries owes a great deal to the skill and dedication of those caring for livestock,” says Emmeline Randall, Pfizer product manager. “Training plays a key role, and it is encouraging this is being increasingly recognized right through the food chain.”

Jim Fitzpatrick, minister for farming and the environment, presented the 2009 awards to Georgina Cherrill who works on an Ermine Farms pig breeder unit near Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, and to Andrew Hall who began his career in the hatchery with P D Hook in Lincolnshire and then moved to one of the firm’s breeder farms providing the hatching eggs.