The Veldman Family: Three generations working to feed Ontario families 365 days a year
Hen care has always been a top priority on the Veldman farm and they show it daily in everything they do.
Dan and Glynnis bought the original dairy farm from his parents and have gradually transitioned it over to pullets and eggs. Now, three of their four children, Josh, Megan and Kayla, work alongside them on the farm.
Each of the family members enjoys farming and all agree that working together every day creates a unique sense of pride and passion for what they do. Josh says he loves “being able to show my daughter the passion that we have and show her how much we love doing this and to give her something that she could maybe look forward to one day.”
Megan influenced the families’ decision to transition the barn to enriched colony housing based on her experience working at the research farm at the University of Guelph. She felt the housing system offered many benefits for the hens, such as smaller social groups and giving them more room for natural behaviours.
As for Kayla, she enjoys working as part of a team 365 days a year to produce safe, nutritious eggs that feed families across Ontario.
To see more about how the Veldman family cares for their hens, visit www.getcracking.ca/housing.