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Brazil’s BRF gets nod to export wings to Canada

Reading Time: < 1 minute Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazilian food processor BRF said on Tuesday Canada has authorized chicken wing exports from two of its plants located in top farm state Mato Grosso. BRF has been seeking to sell more products to Canada to strengthen its position in developed markets and also shore up competition against domestic rivals […] Read more

The chicken wanted to model for the camera

National Poultry Show moves virtual

Reading Time: < 1 minute Engage - a virtual National Poultry Show event, will take place April 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day.  The attendees of this year’s virtual show will have access to two days of content on the following topics: Biosecurity: Dr. Algis Martinez, Cobbs Senior, director of […] Read more

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Risk of human spread of H5N8 bird flu deemed low

Seven people infected but asymptomatic, WHO says

Reading Time: < 1 minute Geneva | Reuters — The risk of human-to-human spread of the H5N8 strain of bird flu appears low after it was identified for the first time worldwide in farm workers in Russia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. A separate influenza strain, H1N1, that emerged from pigs and spread rapidly worldwide among humans […] Read more

Dougans to step down as Chicken Farmers CEO

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicken Farmers of Ontario has announced that Rob Dougans, the organization’s president and chief executive officer, is leaving March 31.  A news release from CFO stated that Dougans has provided leadership and guidance to the organization, and to the overall sector for the past decade.  In the release, the CFO board of directors said Dougans […] Read more

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Six die in liquid nitrogen leak at U.S. poultry plant

Reading Time: 2 minutes Atlanta | Reuters — At least six people were killed and 12 others hospitalized on Thursday in liquid nitrogen leak at a northeastern Georgia poultry plant, officials said. Five people died at the Foundation Food Group plant in Gainesville, about 35 km northeast of Atlanta, before they could be taken to a hospital, and one […] Read more


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USDA unveils more COVID-19 aid, mostly for livestock farmers

Funds earmarked for farmers under contract

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday it will pay an additional US$2.3 billion in COVID-19 aid to farmers, directing more money to livestock producers suffering from disruptions in slaughtering and restaurant demand for meat. The aid, which comes from money allocated to USDA from previous pandemic stimulus legislation, follows […] Read more

Early results indicate lower chick mortality when hatched on the farm, as well as better average daily gain of the chicks.

On-farm hatching may benefit bird welfare

A poultry company is studying the logistics and benefits of bringing the eggs to the farm and hatching them there

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Hatching chicks on the farms where they are raised, rather than in a hatchery for later shipment to the farm, might improve bird welfare and performance. Groupe Westco, a New Brunswick poultry company, has undertaken research on the subject, with full results expected in 2021. Why it matters: Concerns about chick mortality […] Read more

Poultry compensation will pay for market development over 10 years.

Dairy compensation coming quicker than expected

Poultry sectors finally get 10-year compensation plan

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canadian producers in supply-managed sectors received details of federal government plans to compensate them for recently signed trade deals and the money is coming sooner than later. Why it matters: Supply-managed sectors were forced to permit access to some previously protected markets during negotiations for international trade deals. In exchange, producers in […] Read more


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COVID outbreak shuts Nova Scotia poultry plant

Province closes Eden Valley for at least two weeks

Reading Time: 2 minutes Provincial officials have temporarily shut a chicken and turkey slaughter and processing plant in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, citing recent cases of COVID-19 among employees. Eden Valley Poultry’s processing plant at Berwick will be closed “for at least two weeks,” the provincial health department said in a release Friday. “We know this will be a […] Read more

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Quebec poultry packer to shut ex-Maple Leaf plant

Giannone to close Drummondville facility

Reading Time: 2 minutes The new owner of an antibiotic-free poultry processing plant in the Centre-du-Quebec region is set to shut the plant next week after a “thorough review” of its condition. Volaille Giannone announced Friday it will close the former Avicomax plant at Drummondville effective Nov. 6, after having bought it from Maple Leaf Foods in July for […] Read more