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Our Commitment2017-12-06T20:18:23+00:00

Our Commitment to You

Our passion for egg farming began decades ago, here in Alberta, our home. We value the trust of our neighbours and are steadfastly dedicated to operating in a respectful and environmentally conscious way. As one of Alberta’s leading egg producers, it is our job to safeguard our product and continue to be on the cutting-edge of sustainable egg production.

In addition to producing a quality product, we are also proud to give back to our neighbours. The Gilani family – owners of Country Hills Egg Farm – are long-time members of the Egg Farmers of Alberta and have made several contributions to local initiatives that provide healthy food to those in need.

In addition to its charitable donations, the Gilani family has provided numerous supplies to Stampede breakfast functions throughout the City of Calgary and area.

What We Promise

At Country Hills Egg Farm we are firmly rooted in our commitment to being a good neighbour by safely delivering a quality product to communities throughout Alberta, and upholding or exceeding odour prevention protocols set out by regulators.

At Country Hills Egg Farm we are firmly rooted in our commitment to being a good neighbour by safely delivering quality product to communities throughout Alberta, and upholding or exceeding odour prevention protocols set out by regulators.

From the feeding and supervision of our hens, to egg handling and transportation activities, we closely monitor all aspects of our business. This level of due diligence ensures that our hens can thrive in a safe environment and our eggs remain clean.

Country Hills Egg Farm will adhere to the National Farm Animal Care Council’s (NFACC) code of practice, which includes regular facility inspections, adaptation of special requirements (such as standards of cleanliness, adequate air quality and temperature, and types of feed), prudent record keeping, and implementing methods for continuous improvement.

The welfare of our hens is also a priority which is why we are committed to upholding animal care techniques outlined by the Egg Farmers of Canada Code of Practice. This means that all of our facilities are or will be regularly inspected and audited to ensure animal welfare principles are maintained.

At full capacity, the proposed facility will produce up to two trailer loads of eggs per week. Our delivery trucks will arrive at our site from nearby grading stations and, after loading up our product, will travel back to grading stations close by. The proposed site was carefully selected due to its close proximity to Calgary’s city limits at only five kilometres. The proposed location will help us manage our carbon footprint.

Sparks Eggs drivers will pick-up and deliver product from Country Hills Egg Farm. Sparks Eggs is federally certified as a carrier and all drivers undergo a mandatory training program.

In order to keep our products safe during transport and arrive fresh to your table, delivery trucks will be refrigerated to continuously reduce the temperature of the eggs from the time of lay, to the grocery store, without compromising the quality of the shell.

As part of our commitment to reduce any potential odours caused by our operations, we carefully manage the disposal of our animal waste. Our removal system allows hen waste to drop from cages onto a conveyor belt to be treated by a drying technology. Drying the manure helps reduce potential odours. Once the drying technique is complete, the manure is transferred and stored (as dry manure) in separate sheds until it is ready to be removed from the site. About twice a year, the storage systems will be emptied and the manure will be transported to a different location to be used as organic fertilizer. This removal technique helps keep our livestock safe and our eggs clean, as well as control the release of potential odours.

Under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act, an operator is required to build a pre-determined setback between its confined feeding operation and its neighbours. This setback acts as a buffer to ensure that neighbouring residents and businesses are not impacted by potential odours caused by an operation. The distance required for the setback is determined by a formula referred to as Minimum Distance Separation (MDS). The MDS is based on proven research that shows that an odour will disperse over a certain distance and is measured from the outside walls of a residence to the point closest to the livestock facility. The MDS is different for every project depending on several characteristics such as the number of animals present at the operation from which the odour derives.

Country Hills Egg Farm is committed to meeting the requirements set out in the Agricultural Operation Practices Act. For our project, the MDS radius is between 545-metre and 726-metres, depending on your property type (Class 1 properties are 545m and Class 2 properties are 726m). Although no residences reside within the prescribed 545-metre and 726-metre radius, we intend to notify our neighbours within one mile of our proposed operation.

The design of the proposed project will also abide by stipulations set out in RVC’s Agricultural Boundary Design Guidelines. These guidelines help minimize potential issues between rural agricultural and non-agricultural neighbours, such as visual impacts, by providing strategies such as adequate buffers, fencing, and setbacks.