Fieldale Farms Wins Top US Cobb Flock Award for 201526 February 2016
US - Top award in the Cobb500 US Breeder Sold Flock Survey for 2015 has gone to Fieldale Farms, located in Baldwin, Georgia, achieving an average of 178.05 total eggs per hen housed.
Since it began in 1994, the Cobb500 Breeder Sold Flock Survey has steadily grown with the 2015 survey summarizing the performance of more than 2400 flocks representing 43 million pullets capitalized at 25 weeks of age. The survey covers hatching and total eggs, hen livability, feed consumption, hatchability and chicks/hen, and also provides six regional awards.
Fieldale Farms, which has in the past won Cobb500 honors for regional performance, was presented with the top award at a luncheon at Natalie Jane’s restaurant in Cornelia, Georgia, with one of its flock farmers, James and Mary Vandiver, also winning the top flock award. In accepting the award to Fieldale, its breeder/pullet manager Daniel Dorsey stated: “First of all I want to thank Cobb for their dedication in providing a product with unmatched quality with which we’re able to be so successful.
“While this award may be an acknowledgement of our success of our pullet/breeder department, it’s truly a reflection of a much broader effort that involves using the best quality feed ingredients, feed formulation, veterinary staff, pullet crew, pullet farm caretakers and a pullet and breeder department with over 266 years of combined service.”
He added: ”But you know who really deserves this award? Our family farmers of course, without them we wouldn’t be here. Their contribution is a direct effect of the success we have achieved and none of this would be possible without them.”
Cobb southeast technical manager Jeff Steed stated: “Fieldale Farms has been a loyal customer and its success with our product truly makes us successful too.”
The top performing 2015 Cobb500 flock housed at the Vandiver Farm averaged 192.44 total eggs / hen housed with a hatchability of 85.94 percent and 161.70 chicks / hen housed. “This is an incredible accomplishment and some 25 eggs better than the average Cobb500 flock in 2015,” added Jeff Steed.
The Vandiver Farm is located in Franklin County Georgia, where the Vandiver family built their farm in 1994 and now have their 22nd flock with Fieldale. James attributes their success to ‘being diligent in the job, good service personnel, hard work and just doing what you are supposed to do’.
Regional awards went to:
- Claxton Poultry, Glennville, in Southeast region with 176.40 total eggs/hen housed
- Tyson Foods, Wilkesboro, in Mid Atlantic region with 176.25 total eggs/hen housed
- Ozark Mountain Poultry, Batesville, in Central region with 174.94 total eggs/hen housed
- Keith Smith Farms, Hot Springs, in Southwest region with 174.83 total eggs/hen housed
- Pilgrims Pride, Chattanooga, in South region with 173.66 total eggs/hen housed
- Foster Farms, Glenwood, in Mid South region with 171.73 total eggs/hen housed
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