Two Moore farms named top regional growers for Mountaire

Mountaire Farms, the nation’s fourth largest poultry producer, recently held its annual Top Grower Banquet in Pinehurst to honor those family farmers who are the superstars of animal production.

With more than 500 contract growers spread across 17 counties in North Carolina and two counties in South Carolina, this event was held to honor all the hardworking men and women helping Mountaire feed the world.

The company presented the “Top Grower” award to farmers who consistently outperform everyone. Six are selected from the growers who raise chicken for the company’s Lumber Bridge processing plant, and six are selected from the growers who raise chicken for the company’s Siler City processing plant.

Top Growers for Mountaire in 2023 include:

Terry Locklear, Terry & Sally Farm, Robeson County

Lola Rouse, Princess Ann Farm, Robeson County

Josh Macon, Sunrise Farms, Randolph County

Justin Latham, Latham Poultry, Randolph County

Jay Simpson, Jay Simpson Farm, Randolph County

Bradley Morrison, Speck of Dirt Farm, Moore County

Randy Rankin, Hayden’s Farm, Marlboro County, SC

Wendell Locklear, Shanda Kay Farm and Wendell & Connie Farm, Robeson County

Michael Harris, Julie Harris Farm, Moore County

Kou Yang, Mirkwood Farm, Montgomery County

Jace Ward, Jace & Megan Farm, Robeson County

The Most Improved Growers include:

David Melvin, Israel Farm, Bladen County

Jonathan Scott, Cambyl Farm, Robeson County

John Chisholm, Jeanette Chisholm Farm, Moore County

Brian Crissman, Crissman Farm, Lee County

Mountaire’s Environmental Stewardship Award winners were also recognized for their accomplishments this past year:

1st quarter — Tony Purvis, Walker Hill Farm, Moore County

2nd quarter — Jeff Lucas, Lucas Farm, Montgomery County

3rd quarter — Dustin Morrison, DM Morrison Farm, Moore County

4th quarter — Roxana Shepard, Abner Mountain Farm, Montgomery County

The company also honored its retiring growers:

Ricky McBride, Ricky McBridge Farm, Montgomery County, 23 years

David Sullivan, David Sullivan Farm, Richmond County, 26 years

Stoney Creek, Moore County, NC, Grower: Kim Garner, 27 years

“A common sentiment among all our retiring growers is how much they always appreciated the treatment they received from Mountaire throughout the years,” Mountaire Farms said. “It’s always based on fairness and respect, and that is why they stayed with us all those years. Our history shows we have had so many more growers migrating from other integrators to us than those we have lost. There are plenty of companies to grow for in North Carolina, and this record speaks for itself.”

Feature photo: Speck of Dirt Farm is one of two farms recognized as a top grower. 

Contributed/Courtesy photo.

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