The poultry and egg industry includes operations that primarily engage in breeding, hatching, and raising poultry for meat or egg production.
The industry has one of the agriculture sector’s most balanced labour markets and faces fewer challenges than other industries in the sector. In 2017, it employed 14,500 people and had 350 unfilled jobs. These vacancies cost farmers $29 million, which represents just 0.7% of sales.
However, the industry faces bigger labour challenges in the near future. While the poultry and egg industry has less difficulty attracting workers than other, more seasonal industries in the sector, industry employers report greater retention challenges and above-average turnover rates.
The industry is also expected to experience greater labour shortages in future, with nearly 2,400 jobs at risk of going unfilled by 2029.
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