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Farm Manager - Turkey Production

 Frank Robinson

Turkey Farming Overview

The ‘poultry and egg’ industry includes turkey farms that operate together under supply management and follow market trends to match what they grow with demand.

  • The industry plans production to prevent surpluses or shortages. Canadians benefit by having access to a reliable supply of safe, affordable high quality Canadian turkey products.

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Turkey Farm Managers and Owners 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

  • Animal Farm Foreman/Forewoman
  • Farm Supervisor
  • Lead Hand
  • Turkey Foreman/Forewoman
  • Turkey Operations Supervisor
  • Turkey Supervisor
  • Farm Manager
  • Owner/Operator
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Turkey Farm Managers 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 the flock in the barn 
  • Manage turkey duties 
  • Manage preparation for 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
  • Envrionmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • Turkey 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.