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Farm Supervisor - Table Egg Chicken Production

 Lydia Schouten

Table Egg Chicken Farming Overview

The ‘poultry and egg’ industry includes over 1000 egg farms that operate together under supply management and follow market trends to match what they produce with demand. Table egg production is managed 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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Table Egg Chicken Farm Supervisors spend much of their time overseeing work, as well as working in the office.

  • Farm supervisors operate farm equipment and acquire skills/knowledge through a combination of on-the-job training, formal training, and experience. Typically, Farm Supervisors need some combination of two to three years of post-secondary education; or two to five years of apprenticeship training; or three to four years of secondary school and more than two years of on-the-job training, specialized training courses or specific work experience.

Typical Job Titles

  • Foreman/Forewoman
  • Poultry Operations Supervisor
  • Poultry Supervisor
  • Poultry Foreman/Forewoman
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Farm Supervisors supervise activity 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
  • Maintain flock health and welfare
  • Prepare pullet barn 
  • Receive chicks
  • Perform pullet duties
  • Prepare for bird transport to laying barn
  • Prepare laying barn
  • Perform laying hen duties
  • Prepare for flock removal
  • Perform post-production activities
  • Maintain facilities, infrastructure and environmental conditions
  • Use equipment, tools and technology
  • Maintain 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 Chicken Production
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Biosecurity
  • Digital Technology
  • Results Management
  • Decision Making 

What attracts people to this job?

Leadership and supervisory skills and experience are valuable on table egg chicken operations, as well as in other sub sectors of agriculture and other industries. People who want to lead other people are attracted to supervisory work.

  • Supervisors are people who can deal with almost any situation on the farm. On small operations, the owner often works as a supervisor.

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

Table Egg Chicken Farm Supervisors with extensive training and experience can become Managers. To do this it may be necessary to work for (or go to work for) a larger operation. 

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

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, pay for Table Egg Chicken Farm Supervisors ranges. Pay depends on the size of the operation and the scope of supervisor responsibility.

  • Benefits may include participation in health and dental plans. Supervisors may have the use of a company vehicle.