Mike Richter

Type of Farm: Conventional Housing

Years Farming: 20

Eggs: White

Hens: Lohnman Lite

Q & A

If you are a multi-generational farm, how many generations has your family been in egg farming?
I grew up helping my dad and Grandfather with the daily chores on the farm, then went off to school, before returning to the farm to start the transition of taking over the family farm. I am a third generation egg farmer. My Grandfather started the farm in 1948, then my dad took over and now I've taken it over, along with my wife and two kids.
Why did you first get into egg farming?
I got into egg farming because my family is in egg farming. I watched and helped them with the chores, knowing that at the end of the day, all that hard work would be sitting on someone's breakfast table the next morning.
What does being an egg farmer mean to you?
Egg farming means that at the end of a working day, I know that I have done everything possible to put a healthy, good quality egg on the table for people to enjoy.
What do you enjoy most about being an egg farmer?
Putting a high quality, nutritious and delicious egg on the plate for Alberta families.
Do you raise any other livestock and/or crops on your farm, in addition to your egg laying hens? If yes, then what?
We also have about 2300 acres of crop land that produces wheat, barley, canola and forage crop (alfalfa).
How does it make you feel to know you provide your fellow Albertans with fresh, nutritious and delicious, locally produced eggs?
I do my job with the utmost pride, knowing that Albertans can enjoy a fresh, nutritious, locally produced egg, every day!
If there is one thing you would like people to know about egg farming and/or egg farmers, what would it be?
Most eggs produced in Alberta come from family farms, many of which have been in the same family for several generations. My family has been producing high quality eggs for more than 64 years, to feed our family and yours.