Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2010 Regional Award Winner


Al McColl Farms - Lambton County

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Maria Van Bommel, Mark and Alex McColl
Maria Van Bommel, Mark and Alex McColl

The McColl family not only automated their turkey farm, they made it into a state-of-the-art production facility that they have fitted out for maximum efficiency. A number of improvements over the years have meant increased biosecurity, decreased labour, more eggs laid, reduced energy use and better income. The business has a flock of 3,600 breeding hens, and the barns have natural ventilation, automated feeding systems, compact fluorescent lighting and more. Biosecurity is maintained since everything is connected so that no one ever needs to go outside. A new facility, which has gone through all the development stages, is being built and will mean even greater achievements: 50 per cent more birds using only 10 per cent more labour than the original operation.

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