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returning to my
Bill Hawkins shares
his background, farm
operation, family and
history of his fulfilling
a Bit of a BaCkground
I grew up on a farm located in Cove City, North Carolina, in
Craven County. On this farm tobacco was the primary crop.
As did most farms in the area, we also raised corn, soybeans
and had a small number of hogs, cattle and chickens. Despite
coming up on this type of farm, livestock and poultry operations always interested me.
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by Bill Hawkins
ur Farm iS loCated iN deeP ruN, North
Carolina, and operates as Trent Farms Inc. Our
operation consists of hogs, turkeys and cattle.
We began with the turkeys in 1984, and added
the hogs and cattle in 1991. We have six finishing
floors where we place 5,400 pigs contracted with J.C. Howard
Farms. The Howards are not only our business partner but our
neighbors as well. We can look from our home and see the mill
that manufactures the feed for our pigs.
In addition, we have six turkey houses where we place approximately 27,000 toms contracted with Butterball. We have a cow/
calf cattle operation consisting of 60 brood cows. We do no crop
farming except pasture and hay for the cattle.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Summer 2016
Letter From the President
The Babe Ruth of BBQ
Ncpc Contributing to Agriculture’s Next Generation of Leaders Through Warren Fellows Program
NCPC Profile: Returning to My Farming Roots
Sharing the Story of NC’s Hard-Working Farmers
Honoring Game-Changers in NC Agriculture
NCPC 2016 Scholarship Recipients
Youth Livestock Scholarships Awarded
NC Pork Report - Summer 2016