Two farm families who grow chickens for Allen Harim were honored as Outstanding Growers by the Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. on April 19 at the annual banquet in Salisbury.
DPI honored Dale Phillips, of Georgetown, a third-generation chicken grower whose father and grandfather also raised birds. His wife, Kathy, is involved in poultry, too, working at the University of Delaware Lasher Laboratory to detect flock illnesses. They operate two chicken houses and care for up to 60,000 birds at a time. Dale Phillips also is active in the Delaware Farm Bureau. His farm, Gravel Hill, has been growing chickens since 1995 and in 2005, Dale took over for his grandfather and built a second house on the farm. They have two daughters, Ruby and Emily.
Also honored was Chittle Saylor Jr., of Preston, Maryland, who also won in 2011. Chittle and his wife, Jean, raise up to 63,000 birds in each flock for Allen Harim in three houses on a Preston farm they acquired in 1993, and they operate a poultry services business. They have three adult children, Ryan, Katie and Leslie; six grandchildren; and are members of Harmony United Methodist Church.