York­shire grad­u­ate wins award for poul­try study

Yorkshire Post - - COUNTRY & FARMING -

RE­CENT GRAD­U­ATE Lucy Ber­ri­man of Bev­er­ley has re­ceived pres­ti­gious agri­cul­tural in­dus­try recog­ni­tion for her in-depth study into a preva­lent poul­try dis­ease.

The 23-year-old is to be pre­sented with a Bri­tish Poul­try Coun­cil Schol­ar­ship Award for her project, which stud­ied the ef­fects of two di­etary chem­i­cals pro­duced by plants, as well as vac­ci­na­tions against par­a­site in­fec­tion coc­cid­io­sis, on the health and per­for­mance of broiler chick­ens.

For the study, Ms Ber­ri­man raised 480 male broil­ers – fowl raised specif­i­cally for meat pro­duc­tion – over one month, with the an­i­mals split into eight dif­fer­ent treat­ment groups.

The re­search formed her fi­na­lyear project at Harper Adams Univer­sity in Shrop­shire which con­trib­uted to­wards her achiev­ing first-class hon­ours in BSc Biovet­eri­nary Sci­ence.

Such was the qual­ity of her re­search, her dis­ser­ta­tion su­per­vi­sor nom­i­nated her for the Bri­tish Poul­try Coun­cil (BPS) award and she has al­ready pre­sented her find­ings to the World Poul­try Sci­ence As­so­ci­a­tion.

Ms Ber­ri­man, who has gone on to work for Kilco In­ter­na­tional as a poul­try biose­cu­rity field tech­ni­cian for the South-West of Eng­land, said: “I was shocked and ex­cited to hear I had won; I didn’t think I’d be cho­sen out of every­one in the UK.

“The schol­ar­ship will en­able me to carry on with poul­try re­search and my aim is to com­plete a Nuffield Schol­ar­ship in the fu­ture. The area of re­search I’m re­ally in­ter­ested in is coc­cid­io­sis, as this dis­ease will al­ways be present in the poul­try en­vi­ron­ment.”

Ms Ber­ri­man will be pre­sented with a medal and £1,000 to fur­ther her re­search ca­reer at the House of Com­mons next month.

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