Customers reach top performance by combining Ross performance potential with management excellence
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Aviagen®, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, has just revealed the winners of its 2016 Flock Awards.
Each year, Aviagen recognizes North American customers who have achieved commendable performance with Aviagen’s premier Ross® 708 and Ross 308 broiler breeding hens. In separate ceremonies, Aviagen awarded the seven gold and four silver in the categories of “Top Egg Producer,” “Top Hatching Eggs”, “Top Chicks” and “Top Hatch.”
Ross performance potential, management excellence – a winning combination
Aviagen began the Flock Award program in 2014 to recognize customers who have tapped into the rich genetic potential of Ross broiler breeding stock through hard work, dedication and skillfull stockmanship. Since then, Aviagen has expanded the program with a greater number of achievement categories.
In some instances, the scores were close, with recipients winning by less than one point. Customer performance was evaluated based on 2016 flock performance records.
“We applaud the remarkable accomplishments of this year’s Flock Award recipients. Reaching the level of performance required for a Flock Award requires teamwork and strong leadership, along with exemplary flock management and husbandry skills,” explains Randall Vickery, Aviagen’s Regional Technical Sales manager.
Aviagen’s VP of Sales Frank Dougherty adds that Aviagen Customer Service works hand in hand with its customers during every phase of the production cycle to champion their success.
“Our regional North American service teams have built a positive and effective way of working with Ross customers. These established relationships, along with customer skill, teamwork and commitment, have resulted in impressive performance with Ross breeding stock,” remarks Dougherty.
The winning breeders obtained top scores in four performance areas: total eggs per hen housed to 65 weeks of age; hatching eggs per hen housed to 65 weeks; chicks per hen housed to 65 weeks and hatchability to 65 weeks.
First and second place achievers were recognized with gold and silver awards for Ross 708, while Ross 308 winners received gold awards.
2016 Ross 708 and Ross 308 Gold and Silver Award Winners
|Gold||Top Egg Producer||Amick Farms, Monetta, S.C.|
|Silver||Top Egg Producer||Wayne Farms, Danville, Ark.|
|Gold||Top Hatching Eggs||Sanderson Farms, Kinston, N.C.|
|Silver||Top Hatching Eggs||Wayne Farms, Danville, Ark.|
|Gold||Top Chicks||Sanderson Farms, Kinston, N.C.|
|Silver||Top Chicks||Wayne Farms, North Alabama|
|Gold||Top Hatch||Sanderson Farms, Kinston, N.C.|
|Silver||Top Hatch||Wayne Farms, North Alabama|
|Gold||Top Egg Producer||Keith Smith Company, Hot Springs Ark.|
|Gold||Top Hatching Eggs||OK Foods, Ft Smith, Ark.|
|Gold||Top Chicks||OK Foods, Ft Smith, Ark.|
*The silver category for the Ross 308 will be added as more flocks are sold.
The categories are defined as follows:
- Top Egg Producer – total eggs per hen housed to 65 weeks
- Top Hatching Eggs – hatching eggs her hen housed to 65 weeks
- Top Chicks – chicks per hen housed to 65 weeks
- Top Hatch – hatchability to 65 weeks
In separate ceremonies led by Aviagen representatives, the winners of the 2016 Flock Awards were presented with an engraved crystal egg to commemorate their accomplishments.
Amick Farms, Monetta, S.C., takes home Ross 708 Gold as Top Egg Producer
Front row from left: Van McGregor, breeder service technician; Jimmy Shirley, breeder service technician; Jeff Forrest, breeder manager; Carlton Collins, Aviagen Technical Service. Back row from left: Ben Hartwell, breeder service technician; Fletcher Wynn, breeder service technician (farthest back); Jacob Ballard, breeder service technician; Mary Reik, breeder service technician;
Graham Ballard, breeder service technician
Wayne Farms, Danville, Ark., wins Ross 708 Silver for Top Egg Producer,
Top Hatching Eggs
From left: David Elam, complex manager; Toby Tapp, live production manager; Becky Foster, breeder clerk; David Minnie, service technican (back); Troy Garner, service representative; Aaron Coffman, service representative; Kevin Aday, breeder manager; Billy Storment, service representative
Wayne Farms, North Ala., earns Ross 708 Silver for Top Chicks, Top Hatch
From left: Donald Collins, breeder flock supervisor; Stoney Gresham, breeder manager; Ross Murray, breeder technician; Trey Tidwell, breeder flock supervisor; and Daren Rakestraw, Aviagen technical manager
Those not pictured but who were instrumental in winning the award: Steve Price, breeder flock supervisor; Keith Cooley, breeder flock supervisor; Walter Heflin, breeder technician and Jason Camp, breeder technician
Sanderson Farms, Kinston, N.C., gets Ross 708 Gold for Top Hatching Eggs, Top Hatch and Top Chicks
From left: David Lee, live production manager; Beverly Mclendon, hatchery breeder manager and Troy Jacobson, hatchery superintendent
Keith Smith, Hot Springs, Ark., achieves Ross 308 Gold for Top Egg Producer
Front row from left: Dallas Bobo, company farm manager; John Tolleson, pullet business manager; Jordan Mullenix, hen business manager; Andy Guin, hen field operations manager; Josh Roberts, hen technical adviser; Ben Graves, hen technical adviser; Chalky Neighbors, flock service assistant; Alexis Lee, hen technical adviser. Back row from left: Syd Tatum, live production manager; Sam Thacker, pullet technical adviser; Adam Baker, pullet technical adviser; Jason Smith, flock service supervisor; Alex Essner, hen technical adviser; Tanner Spakes, pullet technical adviser; Daniel Minton, hen technical adviser; Steve Lookadoo, poultry health/quality manager; Tony Bright, hen technical adviser; Warren Black, pullet technical adviser
OK Foods, Fort Smith, Ark., is awarded Ross 308 Gold for Top Chicks, Top Hatching Egg
Front from left: Tina Melton, broiler/breeder clerk; Peggy Anderson, broiler/breeder clerk; Keith Gordon, breeder technician; Dustin Mankin, breeder technician; David Tobey, breeder technician; Mike Carter, Pullet technician; Brad Schluterman, pullet technician; Middle from left: Joe Williams, breeder technician; Brian Lewis, pullet technician; Waylon Carter, breeder technician; Dale Oliver, breeder technician; Back from left: Mike Fuller, director of breeders; Steve Bell, breeder manager; Shawn Walker, pullet manager; Sayre Lunsford, assistant hatchery manager; Ricky Dollar, breeder technician; and Gary Hogue, vice president of live production