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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.


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

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

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


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

A happier hen lays better-tasting eggs, say consumers.

Consumers view free-range eggs as better tasting

Egg buyers appear to have linked taste with the ‘happiness’ of the hens

It seems most people buying free-range or cage-free eggs are doing so because they think the eggs are better, according to a recent study. While they understand animal welfare issues, consumers appear to have linked welfare and product quality, feeling that “happier” chickens produce a better-tasting egg. In a study, conducted by researchers at the

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


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

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