By Sheila Phibbs
The Haldimand Press
JARVIS—Allan and Grace Strobosser started their poultry operation at their Jarvis-area farm in 1995. With their sons aspiring to farm as well, they purchased a second farm along Highway 3 in 2006. This would enable them to divide the chicken quota between the two farms and allow both farms to have room to grow.
The farm on the highway is now the site of a new broiler barn that measures 120’ x 150’ with a wall that divides it into two sections. After the chicks brood on one side for seven to 10 days, two large doors on either end of the centre wall are opened, allowing chicks to move to the other side, essentially splitting the flock in half. Son Jesse notes that splitting the flock means there’s lots of room. The birds remain in the barn for an average of 42 days, when they weigh approximately three kilograms.
The Strobossers grow for Cargill and the new barn is designed for the modular loading system of shipping. This requires less handling and is easier on the birds. Other barn features include concrete floors that are insulated with recycled doors, and energy efficient tube heaters that run down the centre of each section of the barn on the ceiling. Fans and ceiling vents help provide a comfortable climate with panels that open when the fans are on.