Meet the team

Allison W. has worked 7 years for Cargill, starting as the Marketing Specialist for the Northeast Region with an emphasis in Nutrena brand support for poultry customers and was a founding member of the Nutrena Poultry Innovation Team. Allison currently is a Territory Manager in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. She has a MS of Science Education from The College of Saint Rose and a BS of Animal Science from Delaware Valley College in PA. She lives in Northeastern NY on a 30 acre hobby farm with 2 horses, 3 dogs, barn cats, a coop full of hens and ducks. Allison enjoys farm fresh eggs and entertainment from her mixed flock of Wyandotte, Barnevelder, RIR and Easter Egger hens, chosen for their cold-hardiness, personality and colored eggs. Wyandottes tie her love of antiques and architecture because they were raised in New England in the 1840s, when her farmhouse (and most likely the chicken coop!) was built.

Elise M. has been with Cargill since August 2014 and has a special place in her heart for all things poultry. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelors degree in Animal Science and Agriculture Business Management and has since been involved with 4H groups, taught beginner poultry courses at local community colleges and worked directly with customers at poultry events. She runs a 5.5 acre hobby farm where she keeps a small flock of 14 hens and Roofus, the manly Old English game Bantam rooster (who is absolutely king of the castle).  She has a mixture of her favorite breeds that include Brahmas, Barred Rocks, Marans and Easter Eggers.  Elise also raises Kiko goats, has two older, retired horses, barn cats and 6 dogs (that include 3 working Livestock Guardian Dogs). Although she has a passion for all species she finds great joy in interacting with her flock at home as well as helping other “crazy chicken people,” get started raising happy, healthy chickens.

Twain L. To some people, being called a chicken is an insult. To Twain Lockhart, (aka Mr. Cluck), it is a compliment. Twain has over 40 years of experience raising and handling chickens, starting as a youngster in 4-H and FFA. He studied animal husbandry and has 17+ years of experience as a feed store owner, specializing in poultry feed. Today, Twain (Mr. Cluck) is a poultry specialist for Nutrena Feeds and loves to talk turkey, and duck, and chicken and pheasant and quail, about poultry. Mr. Cluck brings a very practical, hands-on approach to raising chickens and enjoys helping others with their “chicken addictions.”