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Craig Evans, Granny’s Poultry CEO speaks to company staff at Blumenort last week during North American Occupational 
Safety and Health Week. The company hosted a SAFEWork on Wheels demonstration event at its southern Manitoba 
processing plant.

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

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

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

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

Dairy, egg and poultry producers are all concerned about the effect the new TPP deal will have on their sector.

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


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

Dr. Moussa Diarra of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says cranberry could help boost immunity and lower mortality in broiler chicks.

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

Manitoba Egg Farmers accepted the first Manitoba Farm Safety Award Sept. 27 in Winnipeg.

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


Protect supply management

Dairy and poultry products are subsidized in some way or another the world over

With negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) presently underway, it is appropriate for Canadians to ask: Whither supply management? Supply management ensures that producers receive a reasonable return on their investment, and that consumers have access to a steady supply of safe and healthy dairy, chicken, turkey and egg products, at

Poultry boards not letting their guard down as NAFTA preparations begin

The U.S. has a healthy trade surplus with Canada for eggs and poultry

Dairy may be getting all the attention in the upcoming NAFTA negotiations, but the chicken, egg and turkey boards aren’t letting their guard down as talks begin in mid-August. “The government has been clear in its support for supply management and we are confident it will continue to support and protect supply management during the negotiations