Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hatching commission pondering advisory committee

The Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg and Chick Commission is pondering whether it should establish an advisory committee.

It has asked the Chicken Farmers of Ontario for information about how its advisory committee operates, CFO chairman Ed Benjamins revealed during testimony on another matter at a public hearing of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal.

The commission is considering an advisory committee that would have representatives from its members, which are both farmers and hatcheries, from the chicken board and from an association representing chicken processors, Benjamins said.

The chicken board has also recently established a special committee to study chick supply issues and to make recommendations to the board.

There is also widespread chatter in the chicken industry about proposals to launch new hatcheries in the province. There is curiosity about who is behind the expansion proposals.