Investment in chicken, hatcheries sector

The governments of Canada and Ontario looking for enhanced traceability in the province’s broiler chicken, egg and hatcheries sector.

The Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg and Chick Commission will upgrade its systems that track egg and chick production. This upgrade will reduce costs by further automating data inputting processes and allow other systems, such as on-farm sensors, to seamlessly connect and upload new data.

The cost share is just over $140,000 for the project.

Federal ag minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says the investment ensures chicken farmers are equipped with up-to-date and efficient traceability tools and those are essential to maintaining strong businesses and to strengthening public trust in food safety and quality.

Bill Van Heeswyk is Executive Director of the Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg and Chick Commission.

He adds the OBHECC is committed to partnership that drives innovated processes to meet new challenges and opportunities for membership and industry.
The solution will reduce overhead and increase the overall efficiency of the hatchery supply chain while building value and serving the chicken industry’s needs of sustainable, safe and high-quality products.

The Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg and Chick Commission is a membership group comprising Ontario Broiler Chicken Hatching Egg Producers Association members and Ontario Hatcheries Association members.

Ontario’s broiler hatching egg farming sector generated $15.4 million in farm cash receipts or about 26 per cent of Canada’s total in 2018.