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Barrie, Susan Wilcox offer a humble example of fine character

Posted On: July 9th, 2013

Barrie and Susan Wilcox, from Wilcox Farms located at Harts Lake, are profiled in the story. Barrie had invited me to tour his family farm, and I took him up on his offer this week.

I met Barrie at the entrance to his home. The farm is situated on 1,600 acres along the Nisqually River and overlooks Harts Lake. The view of Mount Rainier from Barrie and Susan’s living room is stunning. The farm still has the original home of his grandfather, the home he grew up in, and now his new home. His brother lives next door. His nephew, House Minority Floor Leader Rep. JT Wilcox, is just over the hill.

Certified Humane features Wilcox Family Farms on their website

Posted On: May 13th, 2013

Wilcox Family Farms of Roy, Washington are “committed to producing healthy, safe food, in a way that promotes social justice for employees in a friendly environment.”  A 100 Year Family tradition, Wilcox Family Farms earned their Certified Humane certification in 2007 and came into the Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) program as a “split operation” because they were transitioning from cage to cage-free production.

In a split operation, only the hens raised and handled under the HFAC Animal Care Standards can be Certified Humane®, and are kept in a separate location from the other animals, with no comingling allowed. HFAC only certifies cage-free production, but will approve a split operation when the farmer makes a written commitment to convert all his production to cage free.

In 2007, Wilcox Family Farms had 28,000 cage free laying hens.  Over the next four years the farm steadily increased its conversion from cage to cage free.  In 2011, the number of cage free laying hens had risen to 133,298; an over 475% increase in humane production.

“With each barn conversion costing about $1.5 million, plus additional costs in employee training, the investment being made to improve the welfare of Wilcox Family Farm chicken is significant and commendable.” said Douglass. She called the reforms taking place at the Wilcox Farms “remarkable and solid evidence of a personal and corporate commitment to improving the welfare of farm animals.

Andy Wilcox said his family’s collective “experience and observation has shown that cage free hens show the most natural behavior, least amount of stress and produce the best eggs for our customers.”   He added that the conversion from cage to cage free production was not cheap but the expense of converting his cage barns to cage free systems was well worth the investment in construction costs and additional employee training to better understand the behavior and care of cage free laying hens.

Certified Humane® eggs from the Wilcox Family Farms can be found at supermarkets throughout the Pacific Northwest including Albertsons Warehouse, Costco and Wal-Mart.

Douglas added: “The investments made by the Wilcox Family Farms demonstrate the powerful impact that the Certified Humane® program has in promoting and requiring steady improvements in farm animal welfare.  The investments necessary to display the Certified Humane® brand are good for the animals and they are good for the business of farming.”

For information on where to find Wilcox Family Farms products and other Certified Humane® products in your area, visit the “Where to Buy”  page of HFAC’s website, or visit Wilcox Family Farm’s website.

To read about other Certified Humane® producers, visit our Farm Profile Archive.

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Food bank gets big egg donation just in time for Easter

Posted On: April 1st, 2013

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) –
Whether you like eggs scrambled, hard boiled or over-easy, a number of local families in need will be able to get cracking thanks to a generous donation.

On Monday, Wilcox Farms donated 21,000 eggs to the Oregon Food Bank in Northeast Portland. Read Full Story >>

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Harley Cowan – Chicken sedan

Posted On: February 21st, 2013

by Eric Apalategui | © Washington State University

There’s an old knee-slapper that goes something like this: Why does a chicken coop have two doors? Because if it had four doors (drumroll, please) it would be a sedan! Read Article in Full.

WSU Small Farms – Poultry Program

Posted On: February 21st, 2013

Washington State University’s Small Farms Team provides research-based information and educational programs for farmers, consumers, decision-makers, and others involved in local food systems. Learn More.

Avian Health & Food Safety Laboratory

Posted On: February 21st, 2013

The Avian Health and Food Safety laboratory now offers a Real-Time STEC assay for the rapid screening of the virulence genes present in STEC serotypes. Read Article in Full.

WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center

Posted On: February 21st, 2013

An Urban Center Committed to Sustainable Communities

Bridging the past to the future, providing research, instruction and outreach services through an interdisciplinary approach for the development of ecologically sound, socially responsible, and economically viable communities. Read Article in Full.

Training for good eggs: Winter School at Puyallup

Posted On: February 21st, 2013

by Hannelore Sudermann | © Washington State University

The first winter school for farmers was held in 1916 at the Washington State College research and experiment station in Puyallup. It offered a variety of classes including veterinary medicine, plant pathology, dairying, and the most popular by far, the poultry course. Farmers just starting out could learn the finer points of raising hens and eggs, planning a 10-acre poultry ranch, and record keeping. Read Article in Full.

The Essential Egg

Posted On: February 21st, 2013

by Hannelore Sudermann | © Washington State University

MORE THAN A CENTURY AGO one man’s longing to live in the country led to a course in chicken farming offered through Washington State College, laying the groundwork for one of the largest and oldest egg operations in the Pacific Northwest. Along with just a few other large egg companies, the family-run Wilcox Farms is now a pillar in Washington’s 1.9 billion-egg-a-year industry.  Read Article in Full

2013 Easter Egg Hunt

Posted On: February 19th, 2013

From our family to yours, an invitation to;

• Tour the organic egg farm
• Walk the salmon spawning creek
• Take a wagon ride around the farm
• Visit the original one room schoolhouse & the historical museum

Saturday, March 23 Hunts at 11am & 2pm