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Farm Manager - Broiler Breeder Production

 Frank Robinson

Broiler Breeder Farming Overview

The ‘poultry and egg’ industry includes Broiler Breeder Farms or Broiler Chicken Hatcheries that supply more than 2,000 broiler chicken farmers across Canada with day-old chicksTo learn more about how Canadian broiler chickens go from farm to table, visit Lets Talk

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  • Supply management allows broiler chicken farms across the country to match their production to Canadian demand. Canadians benefit by having access to a reliable supply of safe, affordable high quality Canadian chicken products.

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Managers and Owners of Broiler Breeder Farms have an overall responsibility for the operation.

  • Farm Managers operate farm equipment and acquire skills/knowledge through a combination of on-the-job training, formal training, and experience. Education and training can include formal and informal learning experiences, extensive specific work experience, and a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree.

Typical Job Titles

  • Production Manager
  • Poultry Manager
  • Owner/Operator
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Managers and Owners of Broiler Breeder Farms manage activities related to growing, raising, and harvesting livestock.

  • Manage strategic planning
  • Manage human resources
  • Manage finances and administration
  • Manage risk
  • Manage customer relations
  • Manage health and safety
  • Manage food safety and security
  • Manage production
  • Manage compliance with legislation, regulations and standards
  • Manage operations
  • Manage environmental sustainability
  • Manage biosecurity
  • Manage flock health and welfare
  • Manage arrival of new flocks
  • Manage placement of flock in pullet/cockerel barn(s)
  • Manage juvenile bird duties
  • Manage transport of birds to breeding barn
  • Manage housing of flock in breeding barn
  • Manage adult bird duties
  • Manage end-of-lay transport
  • Manage post-production activities
  • Evaluate production data
  • Manage facilities, equipment and supplies

What competencies are required for this job?

These competencies were identified as most important for successful job performance.

  • Agriculture Health and Safety
  • Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • Broiler Breeder Production
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Results Management
  • Business Perspective
  • Fostering Relationships
  • Strategic Thinking 

What attracts people to this job?

Managers in agriculture plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations and functions of farms. They are responsible for growing crops, raising and breeding livestock, poultry and other animals and marketing farm products.

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

To become a manager doesn’t mean having to own your own farm or business, there are many opportunities to manage on larger operations.

  • Managers can be recruited to work for companies that provide supplies and support services to agricultural operations (e.g. feed companies, equipment suppliers, etc.). 

What are the typical pay rates and benefits for this job?

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, hired managers in agriculture generally earn from $19 to $36 per hour, or $39,500 to $74,800 per year.

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Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey; June 2017.