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Chicken producers pleased with specialty quota ruling

Both sides of the issue say they feel fairly treated

The controversy over Manitoba Chicken Producers’ (MCP) new annual specialty quota program has been resolved with both sides satisfied they were treated fairly by a ruling from the Manitoba Farm Producers Marketing Council (MFPMC). In a ruling in early July the council told MPC to postpone charging administrative fees for 10 years among those participating

Direct Farm Manitoba wins specialty chicken appeal

Direct Farm Manitoba is pleased with a ruling by the Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council (MFPMC) earlier this month that orders Manitoba Chicken Producers (MCP) to not charge extra administrative fees for a decade among those participating in its new specialty chicken quota system. DFM co-ordinated an appeal on behalf of three specialty chicken producers

Mr. President, you’re right: Supply management is unfair

The real victims of this unfairness are Canadian consumers however

Dear Mr. President, You may have heard about me during one of your State Department briefings. I am running to lead my party and replace Justin Trudeau as Canada’s prime minister after the next election. My whole platform is based on four principles: freedom, fairness, responsibility and respect. So I was very pleased when I

Activist misrepresentations slammed by chicken farmers

Chicken Farmers of Canada says video purported to be of Canadian barns 
appears to be recycled footage from elsewhere

Chicken Farmers of Canada has hit back at an anti-animal agriculture group’s “outrageous and unsubstantiated claims” about brutal practices on poultry farms across the country. At issue is a video distributed by Mercy for Animals, a U.S.-based group that purports to show abuse on chicken on Canadian farms. “We believe that this video footage isn’t

Chicken farmers have something to crow about

An independent audit has shown their animal care program is working well

The latest audit of the animal care program operated by Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) by third-party auditor NSF International says the program is working effectively and consistently. CFC said in a statement that 2,800 Canadian chicken farms are audited annually. “It is a mandatory program with enforcement measures for issues of non-compliance and the


Poultry farmers win right to appeal MCP’s specialty quota program

Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council agrees to hear concerns

The Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council has agreed to hear an appeal by chicken producers who say they’ve been hurt financially by a new program affecting how specialty chicken is raised and processed. The appeal is being made by five producers who feel penalized by Manitoba Chicken Producers’ new annual specialty quota program. The chicken-marketing

Rick Kurbis stands inside the chicken coop on his farm, where he had a close call with toxic hydrogen sulphide gas on February 13, 2017.

Coop cleanout proves nearly fatal

Even a small chicken coop can hide big dangers as organic matter breaks down

It was when the clucking and scratching of the chickens started to sound like a beautiful serenade that Rick Kurbis knew something was seriously wrong. “I’d been in the chicken coop for about half an hour cleaning and then I heard what sounded like the chickens singing, or more accurately it sounded like their clucking

Health officers in protective clothing cull poultry at a wholesale market, as trade in live poultry was suspended after a spot check at a local street market revealed the presence of H7N9 bird flu virus, in Hong Kong June 7, 2016.

Chinese consumers seem to shrug off deadly bird flu outbreak

Repeated issues with the outbreaks have led citizens of the country to become less alarmed about warnings

Four years ago, a bird flu outbreak in China killed at least three dozen people, triggered mass poultry culling, put masks on millions of Chinese faces and hammered shares in fast-food and travel companies. This winter, more than 100 people have died, but few birds have been slaughtered, there are few masks on the streets


USDA faces backlash over proposed rules

Chicken processors are crying foul over moves aimed to protect producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed rules Dec. 14 it said will help protect chicken producers from mistreatment by the small group of meat companies that control most of the country’s production. With only a few weeks left to the Obama administration, the agency clarified that individual farmers who feel they have been treated unfairly do

Small scale chicken producers have been denied their appeal over new small-scale chicken regulations.

Small flock producers appeal denied

Existing operations will not be grandfathered into the new regulations say Manitoba Chicken Producers

The Manitoba Chicken Producers have rejected an appeal on behalf of small farmers, who say a new specialty quota program will impose arbitrary and punitive costs on their operations. “This is a poor decision for Manitobans who care about where their food comes from, we hope the public will support us as we take this