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The Burning Question: Can Used Bedding Make Money?

Anyone who works in B.C.’s poultry industry is aware that a creative, cost-effective disposal solution is required for the excess volumes of used poultry bedding accumulating from the over 100 million chickens and turkeys produced annually. Finding a way of turning this abundance of bedding into a valuable resource is …

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Poultry Outlook

Canadian Poultry Outlook for 2015

Will the influenza outbreak lower confidence? Avian influenza (AI) is back in the news. At the time of writing (Dec 2014) at least 10 farms in British Columbia including many in the Fraser Valley have been confirmed with the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of the virus with over 230,000 birds …

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Small Lot Poultry Additions

Small Lot Poultry Additions

Small lot egg farms, those with 100 to 399 laying hens, have seen an immediate increase recently in available licences in BC, rising from 25 to 50. At first glance, this may not seem like a lot of farms, but in speaking to Al Sakalauskas, executive director of the BC …

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Overview of Canadian Poultry Industry

In its latest television ad campaign A&W is raising its image by promoting its hormone-free hamburgers. The sample audience is surprised and one taster even comments about never having connected such a quality product with a fast food restaurant. This simple, easy-to-remember message delivered to a target audience is just …

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Questioning quota

Ronda Payne If the change goes forward, what will it mean to growers? December marked the announcement of pending changes to Chicken Farmers of Canada allocations. Expected to be rolled out in the fall of 2014, these new changes will see specialty birds – the Asian birds of Taiwanese and …

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Chicken Squad!

Cate Pedersen Starring real BC chicken farmers An action-packed, Hollywood blockbuster-style trailer starring British Columbia chicken farmers is coming soon to a small screen near you! The countdown to the trailer’s world-wide online premier on May 12 and the clips of the “making-of” can be viewed now. The hope is …

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To cage or not to cage?

Ronda Payne Issues surrounding laying chicken environments Comfortable chickens are productive chickens, as every egg producer knows, but environments must be balanced with efficiencies, profits and resources. And just what is the ideal environment for a laying hen? In the absence of poultry mind reading, discussions over caged and free-run …

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Pasture Raised

Pasture Raised by: Jillian Robbins Thirteen years ago my dad had an urge to try something different. During the previous 15 years, my parents farmed vegetables, pigs, and raspberries. After visiting a Free Range poultry operation near Victoria, my father decided to go back to his livestock roots and start …

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