St. Ann’s, Niagara Region, Ontario
Roger Pelissero grew up on his parents’ egg farm, helping out by doing chores like collecting and delivering eggs. After high school he pursued a career off the farm, but it wasn’t long before he returned to work with his dad Henry. He’d learned that farming suited him best.
In 1984, he and his wife Lorrie purchased the family farm. Today, their son Jacob works alongside his dad.
“We love what we do,” says Roger. “It`s a privilege and a responsibility to be egg farmers and to provide a consistent supply of locally produced, nutritious, delicious eggs. We`re proud of our farm and we work hard to manage it wisely and with care, guided by the same principles followed by my dad.”
“We feel we have a responsibility to share with consumers what we do on our farm,” adds Jacob. "We want them to have confidence in the eggs they buy and understand where they come from. And to feel free to ask us questions about what we do.”
Roger and Jacob are very conscious of the need to carefully look after their 17,000 hens. Well-tended hens lay high-quality eggs so providing the birds with fresh air and water, a nutritious diet, and clean, comfortable housing ensures a consistent weekly contribution of about 9,000 dozen eggs from their farm to the supply of eggs in Ontario.
Over the years, Roger has been active in provincial and national egg farming organizations, most recently taking on the role of Chairman of Egg Farmers of Canada. When he’s attending to off-farm business, Roger knows Jacob has everything under control back home. Jacob's shared love of egg farming also means the future looks bright for their farm.