Monday, January 8, 2018

Chicken industry growing

The Ontario chicken industry grew more last year than any time in the last decade and the marketing board also adopted policies to foster more growth.

Chairman Ed Benjamins reports that more than 50 new quota-holding members were added plus more than 30 began producing under the Artisinal Chicken Program under which they can produce limited volumes without owning quota.

But he said the biggest change was the board decision to require all members to have modular loading capabilities by 2025.

That would eliminate labour-intensive chicken catching to load birds for transport to processing plants.

“This major shift demonstrates that our industry is committed to best-in-class animal welfare practices – which is something we can all be proud of!,” Benjamins said in his year-in-review statement posted on the marketing board’s website.