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Some feed mills and slaughterhouses in China are still shut due to the coronavirus outbreak.

China’s chicken chain comes unstuck

Chaos of virus measures has derailed a sector that enjoyed rapid growth

Reuters – China’s chicken farmers had been looking forward to a bumper year. But an unprecedented lockdown on people and goods to curb the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the short but intense poultry life cycle, threatening output of meat just as the world’s most populous country faces a massive pork shortfall. China’s poultry production expanded

Federated Co-op eggs to bear EQA symbol

Federated Co-op is the latest organization to pick up Egg Farmers of Canada’s Egg Quality Assurance branding on some of its packaging. “We know Co-op customers care where their food comes from and how it’s produced,” said Ron Healey, vice-president of ag and consumer business at Federated Co-operatives Limited in an Oct. 29 news release.

In recent years, the number of Manitoba egg farmers has grown with the demand for eggs.

Manitoba egg farms run by ‘real’ farmers, says MEF

Out-of-province non-farm corporations, are not buying Manitoba egg farms, says Rory Rybuck, general manager of Manitoba Egg Farmers. “You have to have land, equipment of course, and be an actual farmer,” he said in an interview Sept. 25. During the national agriculture debate organized by the Canadian Federation of agriculture broadcast online Sept. 24, Kate

Harley Siemens at his farm site near Rosenort.

Young egg farmer an ambassador for agriculture

Faces of Ag: Harley Siemens invites people into his free-run facility so 
they can see how his hens live, and how they produce the eggs they eat


Harley Siemens is proud of his farm. It’s evident in the way he shows off every detail on a tour through the sparkling-clean layer barns, something he’s done many times. There’s good reason for that. The Siemens’ two free-run aviary barns, near Rosenort, were his brainchild. Before they broke ground in 2017, Harley crisscrossed the

Above: Mark demonstrates his egg-packing machine.

Young farmer learning ropes of egg sector

Mark Ronald entered the Manitoba Egg Farmers’ new-entrant quota lottery

Mark Ronald became an egg farmer almost in an instant. Mark was 18, and like most newly graduated students, was considering his career path. He’d worked on the family farm near Portage la Prairie since he was a teen but was also thinking about going into the trades or maybe the Canadian Armed Forces. In


“If their current actions result in spread of the ILT, and commercial flocks are affected, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses, saying, ‘I am sorry, I guess we should have put down our flock,’ really won’t help.” – Wayne Hiltz, Manitoba Chicken Producers.

Food or pet?

Poultry disease sparks a 
battle of philosophies in 
southeastern Manitoba

A case of the deadly infectious laryngotracheitis virus in a small flock of chickens near Steinbach has put the birds’ owners at odds with the province’s commercial poultry industry. Owner Raelle Schoenrock says she will not be euthanizing her flock of about 50 birds because this goes against the farm’s mission as a sanctuary for

Poultry producers say they’re bracing for a big hit from trade deals and they need clarity from government.

Poultry farmers say trade response for the birds

They want the federal government to take a bigger-picture view of helping them to adjust to market losses

Chicken, turkey and egg producers say a big hit is coming and the federal government needs to help them adapt. They’re facing increased imports allowed under a series of trade deals negotiated by the federal government and say a big-picture approach is needed. That was the message Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC), Turkey Farmers of

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, September 17, 2018.

Federal government under pressure on supply management compensation

Plan should be in place before USMCA receives final approval, say opposition senators and MPs

The federal government is still facing political pressure to deliver on compensation plans for dairy and poultry producers. And those calling for action say it needs to happen in advance of signing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Before starting Parliament’s week-long Thanksgiving break, MPs from all parties backed a motion calling for a financial compensation


Canada’s dairy and poultry sectors are seen as most impacted by concessions made in the USMCA trade deal.

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

A man works at a machine that prepares chicken eggs for hatching at the Huayu hatchery in Handan, Hebei province, China, June 25, 2018.

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