Valley of the Moon Appoints Senior Technical Representative

Valley of the Moon Commercial Poults (VOMCP) is pleased to announce that Ira Brister has joined the company as Senior Technical Services Representative. In this role Ira will provide technical support for both VOMCP and Aviagen Turkeys customers raising Nicholas turkeys.

Ira brings a tremendous depth of experience to VOMCP and Aviagen Turkeys. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Poultry Science, Ira has spent the last 30 years managing turkey production operations including seven years with Cargill Turkey Products. With Cargill, Ira served as grow out manager in Texas then Senior Agricultural Manager where he directed all live operations in Texas including the feed mill, hatchery, breeder operations, loading crews and all contract and company farms. During his time there, Ira gained experience in developing new housing specifications and blueprints including equipment lists and layouts.

Most recently Ira served as manager of live turkey production for Foster Farms in California, again directing all live turkey operations. While at Foster, he initiated an organic growing program which expanded to include weekly fresh ground turkey in addition to whole body A Grade turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ira is a PAACO certified and can work with customers on Animal Welfare audits.

According to Jihad Douglas, ATI President, “Ira is a great addition to the VOMCP and ATI teams. He has been responsible for raising millions of Nicholas turkeys, including managing one of the largest Antibiotic Free turkey production operations in the U.S. He has been working with us in the field as a consultant over the past several months and customers appreciate Ira’s experience and knowledge in raising high quality Nicholas poults.”