What’s on Paul’s plate?
Paul thinks there is still nothing better than the whole turkey at Christmas.
There are four generations actively involved in Paul’s farm — from his father Harry, to his son Steven, and even his 4-year old grandson Evan (all pictured with Paul). Paul’s father was the first to bring turkeys on the farm in 1967 and today it is solely a turkey farm raising 45,000 birds. Paul and Steven both work full time on the farm equally sharing roles, with Steven increasingly focusing on applying the new computer and internet applications in the barns.
Paul finds one of the biggest challenges is keeping up with the fast-growing industry and technological changes. “We now have the ability to be precise with the environment controls in the barn, things such as temperature, air, feed, and water. Increased automation and monitoring have been vastly important and helpful as the size of the farm has increased,” says Paul.
Paul takes great pride in working with his family to provide quality product to the market. “When I go into the barn in the morning, the turkeys greet me at the door,” he says. “It’s a nice environment to work in. I really enjoy the interaction with the birds and the fact that we do it as a family.”