Canadian Poultry Magazine

Barn Spotlight: Grandview Colony

By Brett Ruffell   

Features Poultry Equipment Producers

How Grandview Colony of Grande Prairie, Alta., revolutionized its egg production by shifting to cage-free farming.

The barn includes tunnel ventilation with variable speed fans. PHOTO: Grandview Colony

Location: Grande Prairie, Alta.

Sector: Layers and pullets

The business
Grandview Colony, a Hutterite community based in Alberta, has been deeply rooted in egg production for generations. Jonty Hofer, who oversees the operation with help from his son Corey, notes, “Egg production has been a cornerstone for us across four generations.”


The need
Operating on 14,000 acres, they recognized the need for change to sustain profitability. Leasing out part of their egg quota for years, Hofer felt it would be more profitable if they used the quota themselves. Hofer explains, “We realized we weren’t maximizing our potential. It was time for a change.” Market demand, notably from Burnbrae Farms, pushed them towards investing in a free-run barn.

The barns
Their new barn boasts an advanced aviary system from Kaiser Ag, chosen for its bird-friendly design. “The transition to a cage-free system was essential for us,” Hofer insists. “The aviary system appealed to our commitment to bird welfare.” Cutting-edge ventilation, controlled by a Stienen controller, ensures optimal conditions year-round. And a Völker egg packing system streamlines collection, reflecting Grandview Colony’s commitment to efficiency. Hofer adds, “We’ve always valued our heritage, but we’re not afraid to embrace change.”  

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