Nine Delmarva Flock Supervisors Honored for Commitment to Chicken Community
At Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.'s (DPI) 54th National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production, nine flock supervisors from Delmarva's five chicken companies received Outstanding Flock Supervisor awards. As flock supervisors, they work with independent chicken growers as a liaison between farmer and chicken company.
The flock supervisors honored were:
- Elizabeth Foxwell, Perdue Foods
- Tim Hite, Amick Farms
- Jeff Hudson, Amick Farms (a six-time award recipient)
- Mickey Justice, Tyson Foods (a two-time recipient)
- Kyle McAllister, Perdue Foods
- Hunter Murray, Perdue Foods
- Brett Sellers, Mountaire Farms
- Brandon Stoffel, Mountaire Farms
- Kristen Tarr, Allen Harim (a two-time recipient)
"Flock supervisors have increasingly difficult and complex jobs," said Jennifer Timmons, DPI's president and a former flock supervisor. "To many growers, you are the company, and you're building relationships with your growers. Many growers look to you as a friend. And you are doing all of this while dealing with the company's needs that reflect consumer demand."
"Flock supervisors make critical connections between a chicken company and an independent family farmer," said Holly Porter, DPI's executive director. "We're proud of these honorees, whose work is vital for the success of the whole chicken community."
DPI hosted the National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production Oct. 7-9 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. More than two dozen veterinarians, chicken company leaders, government officials, researchers, extension educators, and animal health officials delivered talks at the National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing and Live Production on topics ranging from animal antibiotic use to food safety to litter management to biosecurity. In conjunction with the National Meeting, DPI worked with University of Maryland Extension and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension to host a Denton, Maryland meeting for chicken growers on Oct. 9.
Front row, left to right: Elizabeth Foxwell, Perdue Foods; Jeff Hudson, Amick Farms; Tim Hite, Amick Farms; Mickey Justice, Tyson Foods. Standing, left to right: Kyle McAllister, Perdue Foods; Hunter Murray, Perdue Foods; Brandon Stoffel, Mountaire Farms; Kristen Tarr, Allen Harim. Not pictured: Brett Sellers, Mountaire Farms.