Susan Schafers

Type of Farm: Free-Run

Years Farming: 24

Eggs: Free-Run Brown

Hens: Hyline Brown

Q & A

If you are a multi-generational farm, how many generations has your family been in egg farming?
I grew up on a farm and I've been actively farming since my mid-20's. I am a second generation egg farmer, along with my three children. Both of my sons are interested in farming and becoming third generation egg farmers.
Why did you first get into egg farming?
I wanted to farm myself and raise my family and provide them with many opportunities. Being an egg farmer has provided stability for my business, while allowing us to be in other types of farming. Being an egg farmer means I receive a paycheck every week and I have less dependence on weather variations.
What does being an egg farmer mean to you?
Being an egg farmers means I am able to produce one of the best foods available. Eggs are nutritious, affordable and yummy!
What do you enjoy most about being an egg farmer?
I love to see my hens cooing and clucking and following me around the barn.
Do you raise any other livestock and/or crops on your farm, in addition to your egg laying hens? If yes, then what?
We raise around 100,000 pullets for other farmers. We also custom graze cattle and have a small Shorthorn cattle herd.
How does it make you feel to know you provide your fellow Albertans with fresh, nutritious and delicous, locally produced eggs?
GREAT!
If there is one thing you would like people to know about egg farming and/or egg farmers, what would it be?
Farmers work really hard to produce the best quality product possible and having birds that are healthy and happy, is essential to make that happen.