The modern practices and technology we have put into place at House of Raeford Farms are vital to environmental stewardship. We intend to continue to protect our natural resources through our individual initiatives and through partnerships with our suppliers, customers, and communities. Just a sampling of our actions:
Environmental management system
Developed to assist all of our locations in meeting their responsibility for the company’s environmental compliance plan and managed by a full-time corporate environmental compliance officer.
A Solar Thermal Energy system has replaced fossil fuels in one hatchery, offsetting over 40,000 gallons of propane and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 290,000 pounds annually.
Two processing plants and two feed mills now fire their boilers with wood scraps from area timber-cutting operations—an example of renewable energy at work. The old boilers burned oil, emitting sulphur.
Wood shavings to be mixed with litter in the chicken houses are dried with a direct fire burner that uses the bark from the shaved logs. Again, no oil. Again, no sulphur.
We’re conserving water in many ways—for example, water from the bird washers is reused to push waste from the building.
New and upgraded treatment systems have resulted in dramatic improvements in wastewater quality.
One of our further processing plants pumps water from the spray field holding pond to the plant cooling towers, saving 15,000 gallons of water per day.
New state-of-the-art irrigation equipment has been installed in our Rose Hill, NC location, allowing the operator to view activity remotely. The system can be shut down by telephone if a problem occurs.
All plants are working to maximize energy efficiency by using such devices as capacitors on electrical loads, energy efficient motors, and soft start drives.
Standard lightbulbs are being changed to LED.
Litter management plans provide for proper application of organic nutrients to available crops.
Research continues into alternate uses for litter, including creating electrical energy.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
To reduce landfill use, we’re recycling cardboard, metal, petroleum products, and pallets.
A recyclable wax alternative packaging for CVP products removes tons of non-recyclable wax boxes from the waste stream.
Our commitment to environmental stewardship starts at the top, with CEO Bob Johnson. Hear what he says about the company’s new mindset by watching this brief video:
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