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March 24, 2016
FEATURED NEWS: Major Canadian grocery retailers commit to cage-free by 2025
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Cobb Flock Awards presented in Canada

Synergy Agri Group of Nova Scotia is the latest winner of the award for the top Cobb500 breeder performance in Canada. An award was also presented for the top Cobb 500SF flock, which Couvoir Boire & Frères in Quebec won for the third year running. The flock at Girard-1 achieved 151.26 chicks/hen adjusted to 65 weeks of age. >> Read full article

Ontario Pork releases inaugural Social Responsibility Report

Ontario Pork is the first livestock commodity in the province to release a Social Responsbility Report. With the release of the report, Ontario Pork has taken an important step in addressing the growing expectations of consumers, retailers and policymakers in areas that measure economic, environmental, social and governance performance. >> Read full article

Sharecropping: Maintaining qualified farm property vs rental income property

Using a crop share land lease agreement, the landlord normally supplies land, buildings, possibly some of the equipment and a share of the operating expenses. The tenant supplies labour and usually a major portion of the machinery and operating expenses. >> Read full article

Inaugural B.C. Poultry Conference a Success

Organizing an inaugural event is never easy, but in B.C., the organizers of the first B.C. Poultry Conference seemed to have pulled off a seamless event with four AGMs, 18 breakout sessions, two lunch keynote speakers, three networking receptions and a gala dinner. >> Read full article

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 Featured News 
Major Canadian grocery retailers commit to cage-free by 2025

Major Canadian grocery retailers commit to cage-free by 2025

The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) grocery members, including: Loblaw Companies Limited, Metro Inc., Sobeys Inc., and Wal-Mart Canada Corp., recently announced that they are voluntarily committing to the objective of purchasing cage-free eggs by the end of 2025. The grocery members of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) remain committed to taking a leadership role in animal welfare and have been working collaboratively to ensure the animal products they purchase meet stringent food safety standards and are raised in a sustainable and humane manner.

Guided by this approach, RCC and its members have been actively engaged in domestic and international discussions related to egg production. "There have been significant discussions over the last several months among producers, processors, the scientific community and consumers regarding the best approach for raising hens," said David Wilkes, RCC senior vice-president of government relations and grocery division. "These discussions have led to the announcement our members are making today, further demonstrating our commitment to providing Canadians with responsibly sourced food." >> Learn More…

 Event Calendar 

London Poultry Show

April 6-7, 2016
Location: Western Fair District, London, Ont. >> More Info

Western Poultry Disease Conference

April 25-27, 2016
Location: Vancouver Marriott Downtown Hotel, Vancouver >> More Info

PIC Research Day

May 4, 2016
Location: Guelph, Ont. >> More Info