Muneer Gilani

Type of Farm: Aviary

Years Farming: 41

Eggs: Free-Run Brown

Hens: Bovan and ISA Brown

Q & A

How many generations has your family been in egg farming?
My grandfather and father bought an egg farm in 1976, and I lived on our family farm from birth. Although we’ve expanded and moved to a different site, all 3 generations have been involved in the business for nearly 40 years.
Why did you first get into egg farming?
In 1976 when Glen Sparks was selling his egg farm, my father, uncle and grandfather visited his farm and decided to become egg farmers. I grew up on our family farm and it’s always been the family business.
What does being an egg farmer mean to you?
It is our privilege to feed Canadians. We are mindful that we may not meet most of the people who eat the eggs we sell, which means that we have to speak to them through our product.
What do you enjoy most about being an egg farmer?
The daily challenges. Life wouldn’t be fun if everything went right the first time; you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.
How does it make you feel to know you provide your fellow Albertans with fresh, nutritious and delicious, locally produced eggs?
It’s a pleasure.
If there is one thing you would like people to know about egg farming and/or egg farmers, what would it be?
It’s important for consumers to begin to understand agriculture and our practices. We want to feed Canadians food they like and enjoy. This means that consumers need to understand what we are doing to keep our hens healthy and our eggs safe.