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Bullard Farms Recognized by USPOULTRY for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship

Release and Photo courtesy of US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY)

TUCKER, Ga. – Feb. 21, 2017 – Bullard Farms in Stedman, N.C., was one of five farms from across the United States to receive U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo, in Atlanta, Ga. U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) sponsors the annual awards in recognition of exemplary environmental stewardship by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production.

Applicants were rated in several categories, including manure management, nutrient management planning, community involvement, wildlife enhancement techniques, innovative nutrient management techniques and participation in education and outreach programs. Applications were reviewed and farm visits conducted by a team of environmental professionals from universities, regulatory agencies and state poultry associations.

Collins Bullard, owner of Bullard Farms, and his wife, Alison, own a 1,500-acre farm with eight turkey houses. They also raise pigs and grow corn, wheat, soybeans, hay, watermelon and sweet corn. The Bullard’s grow 180,000 toms a year for Prestage Farms.

All the litter produced by their turkeys are used on their crops. This has allowed the Bullards to increase profitability by eliminating the need for commercial fertilizer. They remove the litter after each flock and store it until it can be applied according to their nutrient management plan. Their storage facility is covered and off the ground to protect groundwater and prevent runoff of nutrients

The Bullards use a forced air compost facility that can hold 90,000 pounds of mortality at any given time. The use of GPS allows Bullard Farms to apply litter in specific areas where there is a need versus applying to the entire field. The farm has implemented a phosphorus-based nutrient management plan since they started raising turkeys in 2006.

Jerry Moye, 2017 USPOULTRY chairman and recently retired president of Cobb-Vantress, Siloam Springs, Ark, presented the award to the Bullards.

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U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, whose mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, USPOULTRY is based in Tucker, Ga.

Bullard Farms Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Collins and Alison Bullard received the USPOULTRY Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award at the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta. They were presented with an award to display at the entrance to their farm and a $1,000 check by Jerry Moye, USPOULTRY chairman.

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