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Farm Labourer - Table Egg Breeder Production

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Table Egg Breeder Farming Overview

The ‘poultry and egg’ industry includes over a dozen laying egg hatcheries or Table Egg Breeder Farms that supply egg farmers with day-old chicks to be raised as laying hensThe table egg industry plans production to prevent surpluses or shortages.

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  • Canadians benefit by having continual and year-round access to fresh, local and high-quality eggs.

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Labourers on a Table Egg Breeder Farm perform a wide variety of tasks that depend on the type of operation.

  • Farm Labourers are fully supervised, may operate farm machinery, and acquire skills/ knowledge through on-the-job-training. Typically, farm labourers need no formal education or prior farm experience.

Typical Job Titles

  • Chicken Catcher
  • Poultry Farm Labourer
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Farm Labourers assist with activities related to growing, raising, and harvesting livestock.

  • Comply with legislation, regulations and standards
  • Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Follow environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Maintain health and safety of self and others
  • Maintain biosecurity
  • Assist with flock health and welfare
  • Prepare pullet/cockerel barn
  • Receive pullets/cockerels
  • Assist with juvenile bird duties
  • Assist with preparation for transport to breeding barn
  • Clean barn and prepare for the arrival of adult breeders
  • Assist with breeding bird duties
  • Assist with preparation for flock removal
  • Assist with post-production activities
  • Assist with maintenance of facilities, infrastructure and environmental conditions
  • Use equipment, tools and technology
  • Assist with maintenance of equipment, tools and technology

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
  • Table Egg Breeder Chicken Production
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Teamwork
  • Attention to Detail
  • Continuous Learning
  • Biosecurity - Animal/Livestock

What attracts people to this job?

This job is a good starting point for people seeking temporary or long term employment. In most cases it is not necessary to have farm experience or even any formal working experience, nor is it necessary to have a high school diploma or formal education. This job:

  • Provides people an opportunity to work with animals
  • Gives people an opportunity to work with machinery and equipment

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

Table Egg Breeder Farm Labourers will gain experience, and will learn to perform more complex tasks and activities to become an experienced Worker. With more production experience and some training courses, they can become specialized in some aspect of production, or can become farm supervisors to manage a crew.

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

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, pay for this job ranges, but tends to be hourly at minimum wage or slightly higher.