Prince Edward Island is well known for its potatoes, its scenic coastlines, the red soil, and as being the home of Anne of Green Gables. It is also home to some of Canada’s world-class chicken farmers. P.E.I. chicken farmers grew over 3.7 million kilograms of chicken in 2014 and all play an important role in the local economy.
“We take pride that we produce a world-class, safe food product for the people of Canada,” says Kathy MacPhail, a chicken farmer in Cornwall, just outside Charlottetown.
The MacPhail family has been farming chicken for the past 20 years. Kathy operates the farm with the help of her nephew, Andrew, and her brother-in-law Howard. While Andrew and Howard look after the animals, which include both chickens and breeding hogs, and all barn record-keeping, Kathy and Howard’s wife Jean take care of overall record-keeping for the farm. Andrew’s wife Krista and daughters Brooke, Bailey and Kennedy, help out when they can, especially when the chicks arrive.
Kathy’s husband Willard saw the benefits of supply management years ago and wanted to ensure a stable future for Kathy and the rest of the family. When Willard passed away in 2001, Kathy took the reins, becoming involved with all aspects of operating the farm.
“We are very appreciative of the stability supply management has given our family farm. We know what we need to produce and can anticipate what the returns will be.”