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with three turkey pullet houses on it. The
family raises replacement breeders, 9,000
hens and 800 toms per ;ock, for Cargill in
Glenn and Tracey Backes, Backes Farm
modate this much litter, so 90% of the litter
is sold to neighboring farmers.
In addition to raising replacement breeders, the family bottle-feeds calves and has a
small apple orchard and vegetable gardens.
Backes Farm was named the winner in
the South Central region.
❯❯Hibbard Farms: Improving
When Clay and Melissa Hibbard purchased 320 acres of cropland in Adair,
Oklahoma, in 1993 they started right away
working to improve the neglected soil, and
they haven’t stopped working on it. Hibbard
Farms now encompasses 340 acres and has
two poultry houses with 30,000 broiler breeders per ;ock raised under contract with Tyson
Foods. The family also raises cattle.
The Hibbards have installed over 3. 5
miles of cross fencing so that the pastures can
be managed with rotational grazing. All of the
creeks have been fenced to keep cattle out,
and ponds have been built to provide water
Clay and Melissa Hibbard, Hibbard Farms
for the cattle. Because of the low phosphorous
levels of the native soil, all of the farm’s litter
can be used to improve the soil on the farm.
Buffer strips 100 feet wide are maintained
around creeks and litter is not spread in them.
Twenty acres of the farm are maintained in
native prairie grasses to provide habitat for
Hibbard Farms was named the winner in
the Southwest region. ■
Terrence O’Keefe, Poultry Market Analytics,
email@example.com, (704) 795-4646