New York Colony
Type of Farm: Furnished Housing
Years Farming: 11
Eggs: Nest Laid
Hens: Lohmann Brown
Q & A
- How many generations has your family been in egg farming?
- Our colony has been egg farming since 1924, which covers many generations. I am a 3rd generation egg farmer, as both my father and grandfather managed our colony’s egg barn.
- Why did you first get into egg farming?
- I proudly followed in the steps of my grandfather and father. It was a dream come true to become the egg manger, getting to raise the birds and care for them, collecting eggs and monitoring the flocks.
- What does being an egg farmer mean to you?
- I have the opportunity to feed Albertans with a safe, top quality product. Consumers care about where their food comes and how it was raised, and I’m proud to provide local food that was raised in a way they can be happy with.
- What do you enjoy most about being an egg farmer?
- There’s always something to learn with every flock. Working with the birds – seeing them every day, hearing the sounds they make, understanding them and what they need – and then having them get to know me.
- Do you raise any other livestock and/or crops on your farm, in addition to your egg laying hens?
- The colony has dairy, beef, hog, broiler chicken, turkey, geese and duck operations, and we grow wheat, barley, canola, peas and durum on 18,000 acres.
- How does it make you feel to know you provide your fellow Albertans with fresh, nutritious and delicious, locally produced eggs?
- I’m proud to provide high quality food that is raised right here in Alberta. That’s a great responsibility that always drives me to do better, even when consumers are happy with the eggs we provide.
- If there is one thing that you would like people to know about egg farming and/or egg farmers, what would it be?
- Supply management provides stability for consumers and farmers, ensuring there is a constant supply of safe, high quality eggs from hens that are raised in accordance with a strict animal care program, on farms that are using increasingly environmentally responsible farming practices. The stability enables farmers to look to the future and be committed to continuous improvement.