SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. — Victoria Axon of Cobb Europe won the award for Young Farmer of the Year at the 2020 National Egg & Poultry Awards. Recognized during a virtual ceremony, Axon consistently demonstrates natural leadership skills, technical expertise and a relentless commitment to quality. After several promotions, she now runs pure line male rearing farms with excellent audit scores, faultless biosecurity and a spotless approach to cleanliness, Cobb announced.
“Victoria is making a real difference for us so it’s great to see that others have recognized her efforts, talent and future potential,” said Roy Mutimer, managing director of Cobb EMEA. “I really hope this award is just another milestone on the path to a hugely successful career at Cobb.”
Axon does not back down from challenges. Early on in her career, she moved away from the area where she grew up and eventually landed at Cobb Europe as part of the service team. She often took on the toughest jobs and succeeded thanks to her hard work and commitment. She proved she is not only a great team player, but also an exceptional leader, the company said.
After being promoted several times, she became one of the first women in her role. Axon used the technical expertise she learned and quality resources Cobb offers to turn around two pure line units to meet the high standards Cobb requires.
“I’m incredibly proud to see Victoria win this award,” said Dominic Smith, production director of Cobb EMEA. “She has achieved this success on her own merit through hard work, dedication, commitment and channeling that into delivering excellent results. What is even more exciting is that Victoria is only at the beginning of her career and I can’t wait to see how she will continue to grow and develop at Cobb Europe.”
The National Egg & Poultry Awards is an annual event hosted by Poultry Business Magazine and Lewis Business Media to recognize excellence and innovation in the egg and poultry sectors. Winners are selected based on their significant achievements in their fields.
“I was so pleased just to be nominated, let alone win the category,” Axon said. “I have never wanted to work in any other industry and when the opportunity arose I was really eager to throw myself into it full force. Since the start of my poultry career, I have quickly realized that this is where I will always want to be.”