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Barn Spotlight: Innovations make Burnbrae Farms an energy efficiency leader

By Canadian Poultry Staff   

Features Poultry Equipment Energy Week Producers

Canada's largest solar-powered egg layer farm includes a number of features to ensure it uses as little energy as possible.

Burnbrae placed solar panels on the roofs of three of the four new barns..

Location: Oxford County, Ont

Sector: Layers

The business
Founded by the Hudson family in 1891, Burnbrae Farms has egg grading, breaking and farming operations in five provinces. Ownership is now in the sixth generation.


The strategy
A few years back, Burnbrae wrapped up construction on an innovative new farm in Oxford Country. It is the largest solar-powered egg layer farm in Canada, producing more energy than it uses and sharing surplus power with an adjoining Burnbrae farm. It is part of the company’s mission to reduce greenhouse emissions. The farm consists of four brand new barns: one pullet barn; one free-run layer barn; and two free-range layer barns.

The barn
The barns feature high-efficiency variable-frequency motors, LED lighting and modified tunnel ventilation systems to ensure they use as little electricity as possible. “On average, over 20 per cent of the energy produced is shared with the farm next door,” notes Sue Hudson, Burnbrae’s director of communications and digital marketing. The farm has a back-up generator and lithium battery storage for nighttime and cloudy daytime periods. “There is also a back-up propane hot water heat source that will be used if necessary,” Hudson explains. “All other sources of energy are supplied through the batteries powered by the solar panels.”.

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