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Delmarva flock supervisors honored for farmer and company dedication

Photo: Special Among the 10 winners of the Delmarva Chicken Association’s Outstanding Flock Supervisor awards for 2021 are, left to right, Greg East, Dan Malone, John Pfleger and Mandy Phillips, all flock supervisors with Perdue Foods.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. — Ten flock supervisors from Delmarva’s five chicken companies received Outstanding Flock Supervisor awards at the Delmarva Chicken Association’s 56th National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production.

As flock supervisors, these chicken company employees work face-to-face with independent chicken growers as liaisons between the farmer and the chicken company, the association noted.

The flock supervisors honored were:

  • Kristen Tarr of Allen Harim, a three-time honoree
  • Devin Burke of Amick Farms, a first-time honoree
  • Dean Mitchell of Amick Farms, a two-time honoree
  • Larry Gregory of Mountaire Farms, a three-time honoree
  • Katelyn MacCann of Mountaire Farms, a first-time honoree
  • Greg East of Perdue Foods, a two-time honoree
  • Dan Malone of Perdue Foods, a first-time honoree
  • John Pfleger of Perdue Foods, a three-time honoree
  • Mindy Phillips of Perdue Foods, a two-time honoree
  • Casey Paglia of Tyson Foods, a first-time honoree

“The job of a flock supervisor is difficult and complex,” said DCA President Jennifer Feindt, MidAtlantic Farm Credit. “You are the liaison for the company, delivering both good and bad news, and all while having these discussions with people you’ve built relationships with and have become more than just a contract — but are friends.”

“This year, flock supervisors were chicken growers’ partners in working our way back to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic’s 2020 disruptions,” said Holly Porter, DCA’s executive director. “An outstanding flock supervisor makes life on the farm easier for a chicken grower, and offers assurance to a chicken company that standards and practices are being followed. These award recipients work hard day in and day out to meet those goals.”

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