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Dairy and poultry farm groups discuss USMCA compensation

It could take more than money to settle the ruffled feathers of supply management groups, who say they were pawns in the negotiations

Within hours of announcing a new free trade deal with the United States and Mexico, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland were promising compensation for dairy and poultry farmers. While Trudeau and Freeland talked as if the compensation discussions had already started, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has just begun to arrange […] Read more


A billion eggs a day

How China will transform its poultry sector in the coming years

Behind a row of sealed red incubator doors in a new facility in northern China, about 400,000 chicks are hatched every day, part of the rapidly modernizing supply chain in China’s US$37-billion egg industry, the world’s biggest. As China overhauls production of everything from pork to milk and vegetables, farmers raising hens for eggs are […] Read more



Stellar safety record at Granny’s Poultry brings WCB premiums way down

Their company has put major effort into educating their entire team on why safe workplace practices are so important, says company CEO

Granny’s Poultry is proving dedication to a safer workplace can really pay off. Ten years ago the poultry processor’s Workers Compensation Board (WCB) experience rating was $7 per every $100 of payroll — WCB sets rates based on the employer’s track record. A major effort put towards reducing on-the-job injuries has now brought its premium […] Read more


Turkey Farmers of Canada recognized for on-farm food safety

It’s the fourth group to be fully approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC) has become the fourth commodity group to receive full recognition for its on-farm food safety program from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Chicken Farmers of Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada and CanadaGAP on behalf of fruit and vegetable producers have already received the designation. “This recognition represents the culmination of […] Read more



New turkey market mechanisms needed

Surplus turkey stocks continue to cause problems for producers despite improvements

Manitoba turkey producers are looking to their national counterparts to help find a solution to the current overstock of storage turkeys in the country. While the stock of surplus birds was lower this January than last, several factors continue to hamper the flow of turkey through processors and into the market. Bill Uruski, chairman of […] Read more


Close up of milking cluster

Supply management protects few, could harm more

Why are broad trade agreements that benefit almost all Canadians being jeopardized to protect a small subset of farmers, estimated at just 13,500 across Canada? The United States has repeatedly indicated that a key tension in North American Free Trade (NAFTA) renegotiations is Canada’s protection of dairy, poultry and egg producers. These protectionist policies were […] Read more



TAKEN BY SURPRISE: TPP II hits supply management with no warning

When combined with earlier trade deals, 10 per cent of the dairy and poultry will potentially be in foreign hands

The supply-managed sector learned the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), as the updated TPP trade deal is now known, would be proceeding at the same time the rest of the country did. That’s despite regular meetings with cabinet members and government officials to express concerns about provisions in it. The sector is now awaiting […] Read more


U.S. faces oversupply of antibiotic-free chicken

One of the top U.S. chicken producers says there’s more than eight times as much supply as demand

Supplies of chicken raised without antibiotics are outstripping demand, a major U.S. poultry producer said Jan. 16, a sign of overproduction that could eat into processors’ profits. Large chicken and restaurant companies, including Tyson Foods and McDonald’s, have raced to cut antibiotics from poultry supplies as public health experts have warned about the link between […] Read more



Can cranberry in feed help limit chick mortality?

Research suggests the bright berries could help offset push to remove antibiotics from chicken feed

Cranberry has long been touted as a booster of the human immune system — and it turns out that benefit may also apply to chickens. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research scientist Moussa Diarra has been exploring cranberry as an alternative to antibiotics during the critical first weeks after hatching. “In conventional poultry production, we use […] Read more


Manitoba Egg Farmers scoop inaugural safety award

Manitoba’s new provincial safe work awards noted egg producers have developed an industry-wide plan

Manitoba’s egg producers have been honoured for their industry-wide effort to develop an on-farm safety program. At a Sept. 27 event in Winnipeg, the inaugural agriculture “SAFEty” award was bestowed at a gala event that could be considered an Oscar night for work safety efforts in the province. The program is a cross-sectoral effort that […] Read more