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House of Raeford announced today that it is phasing out its turkey growing and slaughtering operations in eastern North Carolina – cutting about 950 jobs.

The cost of supplies have gone up and the demand for turkey has gone down so the company plans to focus more on increasing chicken production and its line of fully cooked chicken and turkey products over the next 2-3 years.

The CEO of House of Raeford, Bob Johnson, says, “We intend to further expand the chicken business over the next two to three years so that our increased chicken volume will replace the turkey production we are phasing out.