Prestage Farms

The Bullard Family

Collins Bullard, his father and mother, wife Alison and their two sons, Garrett and Jack, own and operate Bullard Farms.  The family manages a diversified 1,500 acres of field corn, wheat, soybeans, hay, watermelons and sweet corn.  Annually, they produce 180,000 tom turkeys for Prestage Farms. The turkey farm consists of eight tunnel ventilated turkey houses which are computer controlled and can be monitored remotely via laptop.  Very conscious of utilizing the latest technology and being a good steward of the environment, Collins was named Cumberland County’s 2008 Young Farmer of the Year, and in January 2017 he was awarded the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award.

Their Story…

“We were living in Wilmington, NC when we met. Collins was an officer with the local police department, and I was a RN at the hospital.  We were set-up on a blind date, and a year and a half later, we were married. Collins grew up in Cumberland County on his family’s farm and after our first son was born, we made the decision to move back to the family farm.  The farm was established in 1855 and Collins is the fifth generation to farm this land.  The farm, at that time, was row crops and hogs, but Collins had a desire to expand the farm to include poultry.  We talked with several poultry companies in the area, but it was Prestage Farms that really impressed us.  We could tell that they valued relationships and family – you weren’t “just a number” to them.  Respect, honesty and loyalty are very hard to find these days, in any business, but we honestly feel that Prestage prides itself in each one of those traits.  I have been a stay-at-home mom since our second son was born.  We have discovered that while farming takes a lot of commitment and sacrifice, it is a wonderful way to raise a family!”      ̴ Alison Bullard