Butterball, LLC Turkey Farmers Recognized By North Carolina Poultry Federation

Top Quote Westbrook Brothers Farm Receives Environmental Award at Annual Banquet. End Quote
  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) August 26, 2011 - Westbrook Brothers Farm, farmer of Butterball, LLC turkeys, was presented the Environmental Award by the North Carolina Poultry Federation (NCPF) during the annual industry awards banquet held Thurs., Aug. 11 at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center in Greensboro, N.C.

    "It is a great honor for our farmers to be recognized by such a highly regarded community of industry professionals," said Walter Pelletier, president of Maxwell Farms, LLC and corporate secretary of Butterball, LLC. "Butterball and its network of dedicated family farmers proactively work together to maintain corporate social responsibility standards and reduce environmental impact through innovative technologies and conservation initiatives that involve the reduction, reuse or recycling of materials all the while maintaining the health and well-being of the birds."

    The Westbrook's utilize a number of best management practices to help protect the environment and conserve resources on their farm. By using an expanded litter shed for storage, the Westbrook's help to assure that litter is applied under proper, environmentally suitable conditions. Further, their litter storage program allows the farmers to implement a farm nutrient planning management plan that ensures maximum return from off-farm fertilizer resources, efficient use of nutrients and protection of water quality.

    "As fourth generation family farmers, we hold environmental stewardship as a top priority in order to protect the future of our land, resources, animals and community," said Eldridge Westbrook, co-owner of Westbrook Brothers Farm. "No matter how small or large the task is, implementing sustainable practices helps us contribute to a healthy, safe and clean environment and we are proud to grow turkeys for a company that shares our commitment to these initiatives."

    With the help of Goldsboro Milling, Co., Westbrook Brothers Farm, located in Four Oaks, N.C., began producing turkeys in 1974 and now has the capacity to house up to 40,000 turkeys. Prior to receiving this award, the Westbrook brothers were named "2010 Family Farm of the Year" during Farm City Week in Johnston County and recognized for their service in the Bentonville Volunteer Fire Department.

    About Butterball, LLC:
    Butterball, LLC is the largest producer of turkey products in the United States. Headquartered in Garner, N.C., Butterball produces more than one billion pounds of turkey each year, and the company supplies its products to more than 50 countries. Perhaps best known for its succulent whole bird products, the company also has a broad array of offerings for deli, retail and foodservice.

    As the industry leader in quality and food safety, the company employs numerous processes to ensure the health of birds and implements recognized prevention measures to exceed food safety standards in its six plants located in North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas and Missouri. In addition, Butterball has surpassed important workplace safety and health benchmarks set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program.

    The company's three-pronged approach to Doing Business Right focuses on self-governance, sustainability and social responsibility. The initiative plays a key role in providing internal oversight for integrating values that are important to the company, in particular its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint.

    For more information about Butterball, visit www.butterballcorp.com. You can also call 1-800-BUTTERBALL for answers to your most puzzling questions about turkey preparation.

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