Chicken Farmers of Canada is a national organization that represents Canada’s 2,700 chicken farmers. There are farmers in all 10 provinces, and each has a seat at the Chicken Farmers of Canada board table. Our 15-member board also includes representatives from the processing and further processing sectors along with the restaurant and foodservices sectors.
A Steady Chicken Supply
Every eight weeks, the national and provincial chicken boards meet with their industry stakeholders to set allocation to ensure that supply meets demand. This means that processors, further processors and consumers are guaranteed a consistent supply of top-quality products at reasonable prices. Provincial marketing boards balance the supply and demand of each supply-managed commodity in each province.
Chicken Farmers of Canada makes sure that all factors are considered in setting the allocation and that the best national number is set. It is up to the individual provinces to work closely with their processing, further processing and restaurant/foodservice sectors to make evidence-based allocation requests that are based on market indications, market forces, and consumption.
A Stable Price
Production is regulated across the country and under- and over-production are discouraged so that there are no shortfalls or surges of product. Provincial commodity boards negotiate their selling price with processors based on a cost of production formula. This ensures that farmers are able to earn a reasonable return. Over 70% of the price paid to farmers covers the cost of the feed and the chick while the remainder goes towards labour, veterinary expenses, utilities, maintenance, catching, bedding and the farmer’s return on investment.
A Safe Meal for Your Family
The provincial chicken boards are also responsible for administering many of the operational and on-farm programs for the industry. These include the on-farm food safety assurance program (OFFSAP which is also called Safe, Safer, Safest) and the Animal Care Program – both of which are audited by third parties and delivered nationally for consistency and to ensure that the same high standards are in place on chicken farms from coast to coast.
Marketing, education, and outreach are other areas in which the provincial chicken boards play a role.
These all play a part in providing fresh, safe, high-quality chicken to Canadian families.
Safe. Fresh. Well-priced. That’s Canadian chicken.