Moorefield poultry growers voice concerns about Pilgrim's Pride

MOOREFIELD, WVa. (WHSV) — Pilgrim's Pride poultry growers in Moorefield will host a meeting on Tuesday night to voice their discontent with the company. Their concern? They believe they are simply not getting paid enough to raise the company's chickens.

"It's not just me," said Mike Weaver, President of the Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias. "It's basically all of the growers suffering from not having any kind of pay increase going on 20 years."

Weaver says that while the company has offered to give more money to go toward expenses, that money does not go in their pockets. He believes the pay that they receive is unacceptable.

"When you go to the store, and you pay two or three dollars for a pound of chicken, I get five cents of that...and I raised that chicken," said Weaver.

"We have families to raise. We may have to buy a new pick-up truck or new hardware just like everybody else does. It's been this long since we've had any kind of increase in pay. It just can't work."

Tuesday night's meeting will be held at the Bingo Hall in Moorefield at 7 p.m. Weaver encourages all growers to share their concerns and work toward a solution.

We reached out to Pilgrim's Pride and had not received a response by the time of publishing this article.