Farmers in Manitoba can now have up to 300 laying hens without having quota, Manitoba Egg Farmers announced June 8.
The new limit for producers operating outside of the supply management system is triple what was available before.
Cory Rybuck, general manager for Manitoba Egg Farmers said 300 hens will lay about 90,000 eggs a year and unregulated farmers can sell these eggs ungraded to the general public from their farm gate.
The increase in the personal non-quota limit puts Manitoba Egg Farmers in line with neighbouring egg boards in the Prairie provinces (Saskatchewan and Alberta).
MEF represents 164 egg farmers who produce 59 million dozen eggs annually with 2.3 million laying hens.