Flock supervisors lauded at annual DPI meeting
SALISBURY, Md. — During Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc.’s 55th National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production on Oct. 23, eight flock supervisors from Delmarva’s five chicken companies received Outstanding Flock Supervisor awards.
As flock supervisors, they work with independent chicken growers as liaisons between the farmer and the chicken company.
The flock supervisors honored were: Ryan Hanie (Tyson Foods); Cameron Horne (Allen Harim), Barry Munoz (Perdue Farms); Justin Tomlinson (Mountaire Farms); Wade Parks (Amick Farms, and a two-time recipient of the award); Mindy Phillips (Perdue Farms, and a two-time recipient of the award); Jeff Layfield (Mountaire Farms, and a four-time recipient of this award); and Doug Pusey (Perdue Farms, and a seven-time recipient of the award).
“This year flock supervisors have faced challenges like no other. They’ve had to ask growers to do things, like extend growout periods on little notice, that would never be asked during a ‘normal’ year,” said Dale Cook, DPI’s president. “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, both to meet consumer demand and to match production capacity.”
“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.”