At Sparks Egg Farms we have a terrific community of employees that take pride in caring for animals and the food that you eat. We take great pride in our employees and our commitment to animal care and food safety. It takes a dedicated team to manage an operation that cares for the welfare of so many creatures and that delivers safe and fresh food to you.
We have responsibilities on many levels. At the higher level, our responsibilities are to both human and animal health and welfare. This means that we must take care of the people that work at Sparks and make sure that they are safe at all times, protect our poultry from harm or discomfort and give them the best possible quality of life, and additionally we are responsible to make sure that consumer health is never at risk, which leads us to take extensive measures for bio-safety.
We take precautionary measures in all of our facilities and educate all staff at Sparks Egg Farms on the principles of food safety and animal care.
Farm Fresh Eggs Safety Alberta: Precautionary Measures & Recommendation For Welfare Of Laying Hens
These Five Freedoms are a set of recommendations for the welfare of laying hens and other poultry that we embrace and follow conscientiously.
- Freedom from hunger and thirst – our hens have constant access to fresh, clean water.
- Freedom from discomfort – we provide an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease – we focus first on prevention to anticipate and avoid threats to health and wellness, and are always prepared for rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to express natural behaviour – we accomplish this through provision of space, amenities such as scratch pads and opportunities for socialization.
- Freedom from fear and distress – we design conditions and treatment methods to avoid stress and mental suffering, and use methods such as piping in music when it is necessary to soothe the flock.
Originally developed by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council, the Five Freedoms are basic ideals of welfare for farm animals, like livestock and poultry. All of the people at Sparks Egg Farms that are in charge of poultry or handle them apply these principles.
A Word from our Poultry Specialist
Ken Severson is the Nutrition and Poultry Specialist for Sparks Egg Farms. Ken takes care to make sure the hens and pullets are fed a balanced diet, and to safeguard their health and welfare.
The 4 Pillars
At Sparks Egg Farms we respect 4 important pillars of responsibility.
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Our new facility in Westlock, Alberta, is a proud example of our strong commitment to sustainability.