Genetic selection, nutrition, stocking density, well-being, social interactions between birds and many other factors play a role in the production processes of poultry operations; however, the forgotten hero in the mix is feathers and their importance in the production process.
In May 2016, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published a new recordkeeping rule, titled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” fundamentality changing the process and purpose of employer reporting of work-related injuries and illnesses.
For 31 years, Thomas Shelton has watched Case Farms grow from two employees (counting himself) and zero plants to approximately 3,200 employees, four processing plants, one further-processing plant, three feed mills and four hatcheries in Ohio and North Carolina today.
In February 2017, editor-in-chief Andy Hanacek visited with Thomas Shelton, chairman and founder of Case Farms, for an exclusive interview at his home. What follows is a portion of their discussion on the company’s past, present and future:
Check out the April 2017 issue of The National Provisioner, featuring our cover story on the Animal Agriculture Alliance, the importance of the feather in the poultry production process, and much more!