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April 1, 2016
FEATURED NEWS: Mapping the Poultry Scene
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Parent company of Swiss Chalet acquires St-Hubert Group

The managements of St-Hubert Group and Cara announced yesterday the signing of an agreement which will make Cara the owner of St-Hubert Group. St-Hubert Group owns the St-Hubert Rotisserie chain, with 120 restaurants, primarily in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick, as well as St-Hubert Retail, the agrifood division that produces and distributes several food products in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada. Cara manages a number of restaurant chains in Quebec and across Canada, including Swiss Chalet, Milestones and Harvey's. >> Read full article

AAFC announces funding to mitigate greenhouse gases from farming operations

The Government of Canada is investing $27 million to help producers find ways to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their farming operations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay announced March 30. The investment is part of the Government of Canada’s ongoing efforts to help the sector be innovative, competitive and sustainable. The Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP) supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm. >> Read full article

Aviagen expands popular Best Practice series

The Aviagen Best Practice series of customer literature continues to expand since its release in August 2015. The series, available for the Arbor Acres, Indian River and Ross brands, now covers breeder, broiler and hatchery topics. The series is designed, first and foremost, to communicate best practice management strategies in a user-friendly way that can be easily implemented on the farm or in the hatchery. >> Read full article

New wave of fresh thinking in farm animal care

Breaking down silos and pushing the pace of progress through enhanced collaboration and engagement was a central focus as speakers, farmers and a cross section of industry stakeholders gathered in Olds, Alta., March 22-23 for the Livestock Care Conference, hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC). >> Read full article

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 Featured News 
Mapping the Poultry Scene

Mapping the Poultry Scene

The recently launched "Be Seen Be Safe" app is a revolutionary new way to map movement from farm to farm and track disease. Anyone with the free “Be Seen Be Safe” app on their smartphone or tablet automatically triggers a signal the moment they enter a geo-fenced property. The farmer receives an immediate notification of who has come on-farm. In addition, anytime they like, farmers can check farm visitor records (basically, it’s their online visitor record book) from a secure personal login. The database stores farm visit information that includes visitor ID, contact number, previous farms visited (risk assessment level), time in and time out. The person who is visiting the farm property is “greeted” through the app with a welcome message. >> 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