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Farm Worker - 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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Similar to Labourers, Turkey Farm Workers perform a wide variety of tasks that depend on the type of operation.

  • Farm workers require minimal or no supervision; operate farm machinery and equipment; and acquire skills/knowledge through a combination of on-the-job training, formal training, and experience. Typically, farm workers need some secondary school education and up to two years of occupational training or farm experience.

Typical Job Titles

  • Farm Equipment Operator
  • Pheasant Farm Worker
  • Poultry Production Worker
  • Turkey Farm Worker
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Farm Workers perform 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 
  • Maintain flock health and welfare 
  • Prepare turkey barn 
  • Receive poults 
  • Complete turkey duties 
  • Prepare for transport 
  • Perform post-production activities 
  • Maintain facilities, infrastructure and environmental conditions 
  • Use equipment, tools and technology 
  • Maintain 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 Production
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Attention to Detail
  • Biosecurity-Animal/Livestock
  • Iniative
  • Equipment Tools and Maintenance 

What attracts people to this job?

Workers are at the core of any farming operation – the people who actually do the work. They are also the people who are promoted to supervisory roles and/or trained to become technical specialists. 

  • Ambitious people become Turkey Farm Workers to learn how to supervise or manage a turkey operation, so that one day they can manage their own

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

Turkey Farm Workers may be moved laterally – from one job to another within the same category. This gives them broader experience and prepares them for technical or supervisory roles. On smaller operations experienced workers cover more tasks. 

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

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, pay for experienced farm workers ranges from $16 to $18 per hour.