Canadian Poultry

Canadian Poultry
Think Like a Bird

Think Like a Bird

The public wants to know that birds are being well kept and the poultry industry wants the same, but what does the bird want?

2014 Canadian Poultry Sustainability award winners announced

2014 Canadian Poultry Sustainability award winners announced

The 2014 Canadian Poultry Sustainabilty Award winners are Levi Hofer of New York Colony and the Brock Family of Four Corners Poultry Ltd.

Three young farmers awarded look at Aviagen's operations

Three young farmers awarded look at Aviagen's operations

Aviagen recently hosted three Canadian broiler hatching egg producers at its world headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama.

Joint chicken genome project gets UK Innovation Grant

Joint chicken genome project gets UK Innovation Grant

A joint project by Cobb Europe and the Roslin Institute has been awarded a grant of almost $1 million for genome biobanking

EFC awarded Crystal Egg Award by International Egg Commission

EFC awarded Crystal Egg Award by International Egg Commission

The Egg Farmers of Canada is the 2014 recipient of the Crystal Egg Award for outstanding commitment to corporate and social responsibility by the IEC

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North American Manure Expo comes to Canada...
For the first time ever, the North American Manure Expo is being hosted within a Canadian province. The annual show is being held August 20 and 21, 2013, at the University of Guelph’s Arkell Research Station, located near Guelph, Ontario. So, what's a Manure Expo and why should you attend? This video will provide all the dirt.
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Expert Dr. Susan Watkins discusses Water Sanitatio...
Expert Dr. Susan Watkins discusses Water Sanitation
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The population explosion...
With the world's population increasing exponentially and farmland staying the same, BASF took to the streets to ask consumers if this trend is sustainable.

Profiles

(LtoR) John Penner,  EFC Chief Executive Officer Tim Lambert, Kurt Siemens, EFC Chairman Peter Clarke, and Marcel Laviolette were some of the farmers present at EFC Downtown diner. Social Responsibility

  Geneve Newcombe and her husband Craig, egg farmers in Port Williams, Nova Scotia, feel strongly about teaching their children about the value of giving back to the community. So when Geneve heard that Egg Farmers of Canada was a sponsor of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, she didn’t hesitate: she and her three children, all in their late teens and early 20s, signed up to take part in the run in Halifax. The family has done the run twice now — happy to do something for others, and pleased that Egg Farmers of Canada is a sponsor of the event. Social responsibility comes naturally to egg farmers. Right from the beginning, EFC has always strived to incorporate social responsibility into all aspects of its organization. Tradition of Agriculture“I believe that social responsibility is rooted in our traditions as an agricultural industry,” says Peter Clarke, chairman of Egg Farmers of Canada. “When egg farmers came together in the 1970s to develop a self-regulating supply management system, they were demonstrating a willingness to work together for the common good of consumers and farmers. They also understood there was a need to earn the trust of their stakeholders by operating in a socially responsible manner. Research has confirmed this. Through donations, fundraising, sponsorship, volunteering and taking part in events, nine out of ten farmers are giving back. Across the country, they are strong contributors to their communities. Deep Roots“Because most egg farms in Canada are family-owned and have often been operating through several generations, our farmers are deeply rooted in and committed to giving back to their communities,” adds Peter Clarke. Egg boards are also strong community supporters. Egg boards and EFC contribute more than $1 million a year to causes through donations, fundraising and sponsorship of community events and organizations. Collectively, they support close to 200 community programs, causes, charities and events. EFC has been collaborating with Food Banks Canada for more than two decades, and over the years it has donated millions of eggs to the organization — more than one million last year alone. At one of its recent events in Ottawa, Egg Farmers of Canada hosted a successful Downtown Diner near Parliament Hill. EFC served egg sandwiches created by Marc Doiron, a chef and owner of the local restaurant Town, to parliamentarians, their staff and the public; in return, the organization encouraged donations to Food Banks Canada and added their own donation. As a result EFC was able to present Food Banks Canada with a $10,000 cheque. Earlier this year, Egg Farmers of Canada announced a new partnership with Breakfast Club of Canada, an organization that gives children access to a nourishing breakfast. Supply ManagementGeneve Newcombe says the system of supply management is part of the underpinning of egg farmers’ commitment to their community. By giving egg farmers an income they can count on, the system brings stability to the industry and enables farmers to think about more than just the future of their farm. “Stability helps keep you anchored in the community,” she says. And being anchored in the community makes it easier to give back.    

Policy/Business

Jake Kraayenbrink’s AgriBrink technology is now ready for the market in Europe – several years after he first headed there himself in search of a solution to soil compaction problems on his farm near Moorefield, Ontario. Ontario farm tire deflation technology ready to go global

November 28, 2014 - An automatic air inflation deflation system (AAID) developed by a southwestern Ontario hog farmer is ready to go global. Jake Kraayenbrink’s AgriBrink technology is ready for the market in Europe – several years after he first headed there himself in search of a solution to soil compaction problems on his farm near Moorefield, Ont. Farmers need light, loose soil to plant crops, but the soil becomes hard – almost like cement – when heavy farm machinery passes over it. This means water can’t drain properly and plant roots are unable to get into the ground to get at the nutrients they need to grow. With AgriBrink, a control box in the tractor cab allows the user to inflate and deflate the tires to match the ideal tire pressure for the weight and speed of the equipment being used. Equipment tires can be deflated in about 30 seconds once a farmer drives into a field and re-inflated when entering a road, which is much faster than other systems on the market today. This increases the footprint of a heavy piece of farm equipment, like a manure tanker, by about 60 per cent and keeps it from sinking into the ground. Overall, deflating tires lowers fuel consumption, increases crop yields by easing soil compaction, and reduces tire wear. Farmers can get into their fields earlier if their equipment is able to float over the soil more instead of sinking into wet ground. Farm equipment is easier to pull in a field when tires are deflated; this saves about 15 per cent on fuel costs, according to Kraayenbrink. Kraayenbrink was a recipient of the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence in 2011 for his innovation. A video posted on biotalk.ca provides more in-depth information about the AgriBrink system and how it works: http://biotalk.ca/news/categories/agriculture/item/163-oaft-game-changers-in-agriculture-profile-agribrink#.VFvecMntlSQ.