Not even a pandemic and social distancing can keep our technical team off the farm! While many on the team are working on bulletins and presentations from home, a few are fortunate enough to live close to our facilities so they can still work with turkeys.
Part of the crew got to test out the advice in the most recent technical article by helping out with poult placements. Kirk West has taken on the role of delivery driver for our poults going from Lewisburg, WV to the Multi-Environment Farm for pedigree siblings. He is met there by Christy Puffenbarger to place the poults in the barn. Robert Walker has been pitching in at Canadian Select Genetics with poult placements and other tasks at the breeder farms.
18 Week Selection
Christy and Kirk have also been able to help with 18 week selections at the Multi-Environment Farm. The Selection Team typically travels to the farm for selections, however we wanted to limit the exposure of our local staff to other areas. Kirk stepped up to the plate and offered to utilize his past experience in selection to score the birds for leg strength. He and Christy work together with the farm team to get the selections done.
Many of you will have worked with Christy in the field, and appreciate her passion for ensuring turkeys are well cared for on the farm. Christy has often said that her favorite part of the job is in the field working with the animals. Since our Multi-Environment farm is the only one she can visit at the moment, she's spending many days working with the farm crew on everything from flock placements, to gathering weights, troubleshooting, and selections.
While the extra support has been good for the local folks and for our technical team, they are looking forward to getting back out with customers. However, keeping all of our employees healthy is our top priority, so they'll be staying close to home until it is safe for them to get on the road again.
The team also participated in a virtual meeting and Ira Brister gave a preview of his presentation on Raising the Modern Turkey. Ira will be giving this talk during the education sessions at the Midwest Poultry Convention in August. We hope that you can join him for this virtual event. In the meantime, if you or your team would like a virtual technical visit or presentation, don't hesitate to discuss the options with your local representative.