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Two CALS alumni named to Poultry Federation Hall of Fame

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni Windell Talley and Dr. Gordon Miller have been named to the 2006 North Carolina Poultry Federation Hall of Fame. Talley is a graduate of the College's Department of Poultry Science and Miller of its Department of Animal Science. The two were honored in November ceremonies at the Park Alumni Center on the N.C. State University Centennial Campus.

Gordon Miller (top) and Windell Talley (bottom)
Talley of Stanfield, with his wife, Judy, is the owner of Talley Farms Inc. He was honored for his "vision, pioneering spirit, and his numerous contributions to the development of North Carolina's entire poultry food industry," said a statement from the N.C. Poultry Federation. Talley's turkey farm includes brooder facilities and a feed mill to accommodate an annual production of more than 100,000 tons of feed. It currently produces some 9 million hatching eggs and approximately 800,000 meat birds, 80 percent of which are vegetable-fed, non-antibiotic birds.

Talley is a past president of the North Carolina Turkey Federation and served several terms on the board of the National Turkey Federation.

Miller of Wilkesboro was likewise recognized for his contributions to state's poultry industry. He retired in 2004 from Tyson Foods (formerly Holly Farms Poultry) as senior vice president of Live Production and senior veterinarian.

He received his N.C. State bachelor's degree in animal industry, and he graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia in 1963. That same year, he became a poultry pathologist with Holly Farms. Throughout his career he worked at controlling poultry diseases, coordinating with university, state and company laboratories, as well as breeder, pharmaceutical and vaccine companies for diagnostic solutions. He also worked with growers, assisting in best management practices, growing efficiency, increased livability, preventive medicine and the production of a better poultry product.