10 reasons why we love being egg farmers


Nutritious and tasty Canadian eggs—you love them, we love them. It seems like just about everybody loves them. It might be how versatile they are in cooking, how they’re such a great source of protein, or even how they’re full of healthy vitamins and nutrients.

Hard-working Canadian egg farmers have plenty of other reasons to love the eggs and the role they take in feeding our country. Here are ten reasons why Canadian egg farmers love what they do:

  1. “Eggs are nutritious and affordable. We’re improving people’s lives by doing what we do. We’re doing good by doing all of this.” —Will McFall, Lyn, Ontario
  2. “I have had the opportunity to go to third-world countries and see the difference an egg can make there. It’s incredible!” —Emily Bland, St. John’s, Newfoundland and LabradorEmily Bland, agriculture student, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
  3. “The population is really demanding more egg production; I could just see there was more potential.”—Andrew Vallance, Maxville, Ontario
  4. “Eggs are in a lot of products. We’re a small part of a big picture and it’s kind of neat to be part of it.” —Tonya Haverkamp, Listowel, OntarioTonya Haverkamp, egg farmer, Listowel, Ontario
  5. “I am in there taking care of the animals, and always looking for how to improve things, and looking for details and looking to see if something is wrong. It’s an ongoing challenge. I feel like it’s something that’s just a part of me.” —Mark Siemens, Abbotsford, British Columbia
  6. “I like knowing that I make a positive contribution to society—feeding people by providing the perfect food. When you are producing eggs, you can always say, I’m doing something useful today.’” —Julie Morin, St-Bernard-de-Michaudville, QuebecJulie Morin, egg farmer; member of EFC’s National Young Farmer Program, St-Bernard-de-Michaudville, Quebec
  7. “I know it’s a changing industry and I have a part to play in that change… it’s very rewarding to produce food for people.”—Thomas DeLong, New Germany, Nova Scotia
  8. “The population is growing, and there are fewer people who want to go into farming, so there are tons of job opportunities.” —Laura Buys, Guelph, OntarioLaura Buys, student, Agricultural Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
  9. “The industry is very dynamic, and there are a lot of young people involved in it. We can see a lot of changes coming our way, but I am confident that as an industry we will manage change successfully. For young people, that’s very stimulating. There’s a place for us, as the next generation.” —Marie-Pier Lefebvre, Beloeil, Quebec
  10. “It’s a nice feeling to be able to say that we provide something for the North that nobody else can—and that’s fresh eggs.” —Glen Wallington, Hay River, Northwest TerritoriesMichael, Glen and Kevin Wallington, egg farmers, Hay River, Northwest Territories