Source: Blackburn News
The federal and provincial governments’ are investing $350,748 to build capacity for chicken, poultry and egg farmers.
“This is great news not only for the over 250 family-run chicken farms in Perth-Wellington, but for chicken, poultry, egg farmers across Ontario,” said MPP Pettapiece. “Our government is taking steps to strengthen the industry by supporting our farmers if and when emergencies arise.”
This cost-share funding was committed to the Chicken Farmers of Ontario, working alongside the Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg and Chicken Commission, and the Association of Ontario Chicken Processors. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, or CAP, this project will deliver a third-party service.
The goal is to ensure chickens are handled in a humane manner during emergency situations, including disease outbreak or barn damage from fire or weather.
“Emergency situations are a reality on farms. It’s important to our government to make sure that if and when those emergencies happen, farmers have a system in place to humanely deal with the animals involved,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “We’re pleased to be able to help Ontario’s chicken farmers strengthen their capacity to manage emergencies by supporting this project through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.”
“Our industry is committed to the highest standards of animal welfare. This innovative, collaborative, industry-led service will strengthen our effective risk management strategies and further enhance animal care,” said Ed Benjamins, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario. “We thank Minister Hardeman and Minister Bibeau for this support and partnership as we work together to enhance our emergency response services, and continuously improve biosecurity and animal welfare on our farms and throughout our industry.”
This project falls under the Protection and Assurance stream of CAP.
The aim is to support livestock and poultry producers in Ontario in becoming more competitive, productive and profitable while managing animal health and food safety.