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POULTRY DIVISION

Bishop James Stanley

Chairman

Ronald Jamison

Vice Chairman

MISSION — Eagles in Flight Poultry Department produces healthy birds raised without antibiotics or chemicals that are acceptable for human consumption — always preserves the environment, advances fairness to its employees and supports local communities.

GOAL — the goal is to adhere to nationally certified organic industry standards and guidelines while utilizing the best organic practices to achieve efficient large–scale poultry facilities.

POULTRY OVERVIEW

When families raised chickens years ago, the birds were fed grains and were free to roam grass acreages around where farmers lived. Eating what is grown was the appropriate lifestyle. Interestingly, in the modern age however, considerably less people maintained that way of life, although such standard of living never went away entirely.

Later, during the mid 20th century, in order to feed an increasingly larger population, farmers caged their birds and modern science integrated antibiotics and chemicals into chicken feed to make them mature faster and fatter. Unfortunately, while the intended practice was good, the resultant effect on the health of Americans has been disheartening.

Obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, are just few of the diseases plaguing families, because of contaminated poultry they have been eating.

Market Development

With better science and increased awareness, EIF embraced the concept of producing — certified organic chickens — to bring healthier, more tasty and nutritious table birds and eggs into the marketplace. The largest volume of organic meat sales is chicken. It is the most widely available organic meat. It is a high demand product — found in large numbers of natural food retailers and established groceries — and is purchased by more than seven in ten consumers. Its market domination is due to short production cycles and low price premiums. The Cornish Cross chicken, for example — a fast-developing, broad-breasted, white-meat-type chicken is highly recommended. Weighing as much as nine pounds, it can be ready to dress in 6 – 8 weeks or sooner.  Eventually, EIF’s poultry production expansion includes turkey and perhaps wild birds such as, quail and pheasant.

Market Demand

The market for both organic eggs and table birds currently indicates a significant excess in demand over supply, leading to premiums of 50% over free range prices being obtained. However, the production base currently is very small and significant expansion by one producer or a new entrant into the marketplace can lead to price volatility while the market stabilizes. The market for organic eggs and birds is reliant on consumer’s increasing awareness of organic foods. There is significant scope for expansion should production increase thereby meeting the supply side of the equation. Modesto Milling in central California is in discussion with EIF’s Poultry Department to partner in areas of mutual interests, and assist to serve the requirements of major national agricultural clients also raising organic bird products. They work closely with breeders to understand their needs, as well as the needs of the species they raise. Modesto also researches and advices on problems that may arise. More operations are moving to grow organic foods. Oprah’s recent announcement to enter the organic food growers’ market indicates there is adequate space for new players to provide healthier choices and encourage American consumers to eat better and live healthier lives. Eagles in Flight Poultry Department — is committed to advancing the health and well being of every American seeking healthy poultry food products.

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