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Farm Supervisor - 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 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

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

Turkey Breeder Farm Supervisors supervise activity related to growing, raising, and harvesting livestock.

  • Supervise implementation of the strategic plan 
  • Supervise employees 
  • Supervise risk management 
  • Build customer relations 
  • Supervise health and safety 
  • Supervise food safety and security 
  • Supervise production 
  • Monitor compliance with legislation, regulations and standards 
  • Supervise operations 
  • Supervise environmental sustainability 
  • Supervise biosecurity 
  • Supervise flock health and welfare 
  • Supervise preparation of poult barn 
  • Supervise placement of poults 
  • Supervise juvenile bird duties 
  • Supervise bird transport to turkey breeder barn 
  • Supervise preparation of turkey breeder barn 
  • Supervise adult breeder duties 
  • Supervise preparation for end-of-lay transport 
  • Supervise post-production activities 
  • Evaluate production data 
  • Supervise 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
  • Turkey Breeder Production
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Biosecurity - Animals/Livestock
  • Digital Technology
  • Results Management
  • Decision Making 

What attracts people to this job?

Leadership and supervisory skills and experience are valuable on turkey breeder 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?

Turkey Breeder 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 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.