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Breeder Services Specialist

Hanover, ON

Breeder Services Specialist

A Sustainable, Forward Thinking Protein Company

Maple Leaf Foods is a leading meat and plant-based protein company, employing over 11,500 people and publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. We are proud of our roots, which trace back well over 100 years, but our vision and purpose are decidedly forward looking. As we pursue our vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, we are committed to creating shared value – creative business value through addressing some of the world’s most critical social and environmental challenges. Our goal is to build a more sustainable food system, which provides nutritious affordable food, operates within planetary limits, cares for animals responsibly, and meaningfully engages with our communities to advance a more just society. We are advancing bold changes within Maple Leaf and more broadly within society to pursue our vision. We deeply believe this is the sustainable path to growth.

Our job is to make great food

Maple Leaf Foods embraces a strong values-based culture, where our people are deeply engaged in work that is purposeful, fast-paced and challenging.  We cultivate an open, non-bureaucratic and inclusive workplace that fosters safety and transparency, along with individual leadership and accountability. Each Maple Leaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping all of us achieve our goals with passion and discipline. We support one another to grow professionally, to learn new skills and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement.

Raise the Good in Food

We have united behind a shared purpose – to Raise the Good in Food. This spans a dramatic transformation of our flagship Maple Leaf brand, replacing anything artificial with simple, natural ingredients; investments and process changes to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025; building a diverse and inclusive culture where all talent thrives; becoming a leader in animal care; and advancing food security through our charitable foundation, the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security. .

Our Leadership Values 

Eight core values guide us in everything that we do.
  • Do What’s Right
  • Shared Value
  • High Performance
  • Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • Disciplined Decision Making
  • Our Accountability
  • Intense Curiosity
  • Transparency and Humility

The Opportunity

 The primary role of the Breeder Service Specialist is to represent the Hatchery, while working with the Hatching Egg Industry (Hatching Egg Producer and Breeder Grower), to maintain hatching egg quality.  The Flock Supervisor will provide technical service and expertise, maintain open lines of communication, and report findings to the Hatchery.


A snapshot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do: 

  • Work closely with the hatchery, hatching egg producers/BG and veterinarians to maintain flock health, production and hatchability.
  • Work with the producer to maintain hatching egg quality
  • Work with the producer to enhance on farm programs – biosecurity, rodent control, pathogen reduction, barn sanitation and disinfection.
  • Work with the hatchery and hatching egg producers to resolve hatchability problems.
  • Maintain contact with primary breeder companies and other industry organizations to communicate flock management recommendations based on breed and product advancements.
  • Provide Flock Management recommendations regarding brooding, feeding, bodyweight, fleshing, disease prevention, egg production/quality, fertility and flock health
  • Collect production data and reporting of information pertaining to overall flock performance.
  • Process required transactions in SAP.
  • Using CHEQ support, provide Environmental Management recommendations regarding ventilation, water treatment, lighting, litter management and pest control
  • Monitor bird welfare and overall flock condition
  • Communicate with production coordinator at hatchery regarding flock performance for egg supply
  • Communicate as required with the Animal Health Lab for bird health and quality programs
  • Communicate, monitor and report findings to hatchery for any health or flock condition challenges in assigned flocks
  • Responsible to communicate with company veterinarian on flock health issues and programs.
  • Communicate and participate in team meetings to review flock results and provide feedback towards the improvement of the Breeder Service Program.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Deliver and administer the vaccination program with the assistance of the producer / grower
  • Provide solutions to BG/HEP to optimize overall flock health and performance
  • Schedule and audit crew vaccinations, Track vaccine usage, etc. up to date
  • Collect and submit samples for OHSFP, serology and quality assurance monitoring as directed by the hatchery and the Policy
  • Adhere to visitation schedule as outlined in hatchery program, including day old placement
  • Assist with completing and submitting any paperwork for OBHECC, primary breeder and OHSFP requirements.
  • Review & complete data entry for all producer flock records for placement, production, mortality to track and analyze flock production data to look for trends, changes, possible challenges and opportunities for improvement.

What we have to offer you:

  • Be part of a company with an inspiring and unique vision, with a deep commitment to sustainability and expanding its leadership in sustainable protein across North America
  • Professional and career development opportunities, supported by our commitment to talent development through our partnership with the Ivey School of Business. 
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits that start on your first day of employment
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan
  • Commitment to Learning – courses, resources and tools provided to all employees
  • Employee Assistance Program

What you will bring:

  • Knowledge of Ontario Hatchery & Supply Flock Policy, OBHECC regulations and CHEQ program
  • Experience working in poultry/broiler breeder operations preferred.
  • Undergraduate degree or diploma in agriculture/animal science an asset.
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma required.
  • Working with the hatching egg producer/BG, hatchery and veterinarians, the goal is to meet information flow and analysis requirements and provide a quick and appropriate response to any problems or challenges that may occur.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Good writing skills. 
  • Knowledge of computer programs – SAP, Excel, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently and have flexible hours -  outside of normal working hours.
  • Geographically located in the South Western Ontario region.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Willingness to learn and participate in development programs.
  • Willingness to work with the rest of the Breeder Service Team to provide support and information as required.
We thank all applicants for their interest in exploring employment opportunities with Maple Leaf Foods; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be subject to a background check and must meet the security criteria designated for the position. 

Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision, living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values, and delivering winning results. Accommodation is available upon request for applicants with disabilities in the recruitment and assessment process and when hired; please contact our Talent Attraction Team at accommodations@mapleleaf.com.

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