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Farm Labourer - Turkey Breeder Production

 Frank Robinson

Turkey Breeder Farming Overview

The ‘poultry and egg’ industry includes Turkey Breeder Farms or Turkey Hatcheries that produce a supply of hatching eggs and turkey poults (day-old turkeys) to meet the needs of turkey farms.

  • In Canada, there are eight commercial Turkey Breeder Farms / Tukey Hatcheries that supply turkey poults to over five hundred turkey farms that operate under supply management. Canadians benefit by having access to a reliable supply of safe, affordable high quality Canadian turkey products.

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Turkey Breeder Farm Labourers 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

  • Farm Hand
  • Pheasant Farm Labourer
  • Poultry Labourer
  • Turkey Labourer
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Turkey Breeder 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 poult barn
  • Receive poults
  • Assist with juvenile bird duties
  • Assist with transport to turkey breeder barns
  • Prepare turkey breeder barns
  • Assist with adult bird duties
  • Assist with preparation for end-of-lay transport 
  • Assist with post-production activities 
  • Assist with maintenance of facilities, infrastructure and environmental conditions
  • Use equipment, tools and technology 
  • Assist with maintenance of equipment and tools 

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
  • Turkey Breeder Production
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Teamwork
  • Attention to Detail
  • Continuous Learning
  • Biosecurity - Animals/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?

Turkey Breeder Farm Labourers that gain experience and learn to perform more complex tasks and activities will become an experienced Worker. With more production experience and some training courses, they can become specialized in some aspect of turkey breeder 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.