September 16, 2021

East Yorkshire poultry business strengthens the team with key farm appointments

(L to R) Keith Edeson Mark Ireland Phil Clayton and Nigel Upson

Middleton on the Wolds poultry and game business T. Soanes & Son has strengthened its farm team and created a new Growing Manager position to help drive the business forward.

Mark Ireland has been promoted from Site Manager to Growing Manager with responsibility for the 11 farms that supply T. Soanes & Son with over 5m chickens a year.

The Site Manager’s position has been filled by Keith Edeson, who joins the business from Faccenda, the second largest poultry processor in the UK and former Catching Manager, Phil Clayton, has been promoted to work with Keith as Assistant Site Manager.

The new Growing Manager role has been created to cover the partial retirement of Farms Manager, Richard Lindley and to take on additional tasks to drive forward the supply chain of both standard and free range chicken into the factory.

Commenting on the new team, T.Soanes & Son’s General Manager, Nigel Upson said: “I would like to welcome Keith to the team and to congratulate Mark on his promotion, which comes as reward for his commitment and 15 years’ service to T.Soanes & Son and is an endorsement of his ability to deliver quality chicken and business leading efficiency measures.

“I would also like to thank Richard Lindley for his delivery of high standards of husbandry and quality chicken to the factory over the last 20 years.”

T.Soanes & Son is a family owned business which has been rearing and preparing chicken for 70 years. It rears over 5m chickens per year on its Yorkshire Wolds farms and sells its poultry and game to butchers and independent retailers in Yorkshire and to wholesalers nationwide.