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Egg consumption, which has been rising for a decade, exploded last year when fast-food chains introduced all-day breakfasts. That means Alberta’s egg producers are busier than ever.

Get Cracking: It’s boom time for egg farmers

All-day breakfast has the egg sector scrambling to keep up with demand

Reading Time: 3 minutes The latest hot trend in fast food is boosting the fortunes of egg farmers in Alberta and across the country. “Egg sales have gone up all across Canada because of the all-day breakfast,” said Egg Farmers of Alberta chair Beatrice Visser. “We have increased the consumption.” That’s putting it mildly. Egg sales have been rising […] Read more

New directors elected to Egg Farmers’ board

New directors elected to Egg Farmers’ board

Reading Time: < 1 minute Egg Farmers of Alberta held elections at its recent AGM for two spots on its board. Bernadette Vandenborn was elected as a director while Peter Waldner was re-elected to the board. The 2018 board elected Beatrice Visser as chair and past chair Susan Schafers is now vice-chair. Other members of the board are Joe Kleinsasser […] Read more


New egg layers code wins praise

New egg layers code wins praise

Reading Time: < 1 minute The revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Layers is a “tremendous achievement,” says the Egg Farmers of Alberta. The code is the foundation for the egg industry’s animal welfare standards, and informs enhancements to the national Animal Care Program. The new Code of Practice is the result of “a rigorous and […] Read more

Egg farmers releases sustainability report

Egg farmers releases sustainability report

Reading Time: < 1 minute Egg Farmers of Alberta has released its second annual Sustainability Report. The 2015 edition expands the amount and variety of metrics being reported on, and also sets a number of progressive targets. “Last year’s report set the stage by telling the story of where we’ve come from,” said Susan Gal, the organization’s general manager. “This year’s […] Read more


Many chickens around feeder

Supply management wants the federal government in its corner

Farm Vote: The feds should be supporting supply management, says the chair of Egg Farmers of Alberta

Reading Time: 2 minutes Bird flu hasn’t yet hit Alberta’s poultry industry but it’s a real threat for provincial egg farmers, and one the federal government needs to manage. Avian influenza has killed nearly 50 million chickens and turkeys in the U.S. and hit a handful of Ontario and B.C. operations earlier this year. “We saw what a big […] Read more

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Free quota allows producers to break into the egg industry

With the cost of quota north of $300 per bird, the New Entrant Program 
offers producers a way to beat the biggest barrier to egg production

Reading Time: 4 minutes Richard Molenaar wouldn’t have even considered becoming an egg farmer without free quota. “If we weren’t accepted for the New Entrant Program, we wouldn’t be doing it. I know that for a fact,” said Molenaar, who farms near Grande Prairie with wife Mandy and his parents. “Unless you’re born into an egg farm, you’re probably […] Read more


Young egg producers offered a deal

Young egg producers offered a deal

Reading Time: < 1 minute Egg Farmers of Alberta has launched a youth development program to help attract young farmers into the industry. The program will accept a maximum of 20 unregistered young egg farmers on a first-come, first-serve basis, for a maximum of 10 years. The program will ensure eggs from participating farms are produced in accordance with industry standards […] Read more

Program offers free egg quota

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Egg Farmers of Alberta is now accepting applications under the New Entrant Program, which offers quota at no cost. Quota will be issued in lots of up to 1,500 birds. If there are more qualified candidates than available lots, a draw will be held. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, reside in Alberta, […] Read more


Animal agriculture big business for animal rights activists

Undercover videos are rapidly becoming the go-to method of swaying public opinion for animal rights groups

Reading Time: 3 minutes Security personnel at the door at the Egg Farmers of Alberta annual general meeting in Red Deer were a stark sign of how the world has changed for the livestock sector. Four months after an undercover video scandal rocked Canada’s egg industry, security officials were keeping a wary eye out for protesters and allowing in […] Read more