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
Controlling individual bird feed intake to match body weight targets can realize genetic potential
James and Brenda McIntosh are the 2014 recipients of the Ed McKinley Poultry Worker of the Year award
He’s been eagerly crossing the road between his childhood home and his grandparents farm in southern New Brunswick since he was a toddler. Gilbert Matheson was by his grandparents’ side, gathering eggs, tending cattle and working fields. Today, Gilbert and his wife, Stacy, call the farmstead at Grant’s Breeder Farm Ltd. in Kars, N.B. their own and cross that barnyard alongside their five children as they carry on the family farm.
the federal government is providing $2.2 million in funding to update the poultry codes of practice
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.
Expert Dr. Susan Watkins discusses Water Sanitatio...
Expert Dr. Susan Watkins discusses Water Sanitation
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.
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 $10,000 cheque. Earlier this year, Egg Farmers of Canada announced a new partnership with Breakfast Club of Canada, an organization that gives children access to a nourishing breakfast. Supply ManagementGeneve Newcombe says the system of supply management is part of the underpinning of egg farmers’ commitment to their community. By giving egg farmers an income they can count on, the system brings stability to the industry and enables farmers to think about more than just the future of their farm. “Stability helps keep you anchored in the community,” she says. And being anchored in the community makes it easier to give back.
September 20, 2014 - A joint project by Cobb Europe and the Roslin Institute in Scotland has been awarded a grant of almost £650,000 (US$ 1.07 million) from the UK’ s innovation agency, Innovate UK, for genome biobanking to optimize valuable broiler genetic stocks. The award, under its Agri-Tech Catalyst programme, will fund cryopreservation and cutting-edge sequencing technologies to address food security and production efficiency. New stem cell preservation technology will be used to enable biobanking of pure lines to ensure these current genetic resources are available in the future. The project is projected to cost £815,904 (US$ 1.35 million) of £648,680 is being provided by the Innovate UK grant. The work will also further mine the genome of Cobb poultry resources to understand the genetic drivers of key economic traits and exploit existing genetic variation to drive significant improvements in commercial performance for emerging markets. The award is made in the context of a need to double global poultry production in the next 25 years to meet growing demand for animal protein in the developing world. Traditional commercial genetic resources will need to have the genetic potential to meet local environmental conditions, which include severe climate and disease challenge pressures. “Our investment and collaboration with the Roslin Institute represents a major initiative to address the genetic basis for improved breeder and broiler performance in an era of changing management programmes and an ever growing demand for animal protein,” said Dr Mitch Abrahamsen, Cobb-Vantress vice president of research and development. “The awarding of funding from the UK government to support our collaboration is a significant recognition of the quality of the researchers involved and validation of our research strategies to assure food security and improving production efficiency.” Earlier this year it was announced that Cobb-Vantress is putting more than £600,000 (US$ 1 million) in a three-year joint research programme with the Roslin Institute facilitating collaboration on avian disease resistance, genome analysis and genome preservation.
Most Popular Stories