In 1947 Oren Starnes returned to Union County from WWII with a desire to alleviate the hunger he had witnessed. He and his wife Helen started a commercial egg business and established both wholesale and retail egg routes. By the 1960’s they had added raising turkeys to their farming operation, around 27,000 annually. In the early days turkeys were started in a brooder house and then moved to the range. Oren and Helen’s son, Sam, joined the family farming business after returning from Vietnam in the early 1970’s. In 1972 Oren and Sam incorporated Circle S Ranch, Inc.
Circle S Ranch, Inc. has steadily grown while remaining true to its roots. Oren passed away in 1987, but the family farming tradition continues. Today Sam remains active in the business and his two sons, Chad and Travis, run the day to day operations. Chad’s daughter Lexie, first of the fourth generation to join the family business, works in the administration department as an accountant.
Raising quality turkeys is Circle S Ranch’s business. Circle S Ranch is one of the country’s major live turkey producers, growing approximately 9 million turkeys a year on a mix of company owned and contract grower farms. Keeping the turkeys properly cared for and fed is a major undertaking. Circle S Ranch has multiple departments dedicated to meeting this task: Live Production, Feed Mill, Shavings Mill, Row Crop, Transportation and Administration.