As more people are not raised on farms like they were decades before, we naturally have less contact with the farming business.
This week, let’s look at chicken farming, since most of us are eating more chicken in our diets.
In Canada, chickens raised for meat are called “broiler” chickens. The birds are kept in climate-controlled barns to protect them against hot summers, cold winters, predators and disease.
In these barns, the broiler chicks roam free on a floor that is covered with a bed of straw or wood chips. They have access to food and water through automatic feed and water lines. As the chickens grow, the farmer will continually adjust the height of the lines to accommodate the height of the birds. This allows maximum comfort and access to feed and water at all times.
Canada produces about 1.1 billion kilograms of chicken meat annually, which is equivalent to 137.5 million quarter chicken meals.
Canadian chicken is exported to over 70 countries, with the largest importers being the United States, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Hong Kong.
Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) represents more than 1,300 family run farms that collectively ensure Ontario consumers enjoy a reliable supply of safe, healthy, high quality, Ontario-grown chicken.
The Ontario chicken sector is supported by an extensive value chain including Ontario chicken farms, Ontario corn and soybean growers, chick hatcheries, and chicken processors that collectively contribute more than $2.7 billion annually to the Ontario economy and support more than 19,000 full-time local jobs.
Chicken Farmers of Ontario provides innovative and entrepreneurial leadership to the supply management system that matches domestic production to domestic consumer demand. The system helps ensure that Canadians have access to a stable supply of high quality locally grown chicken at a fair price.
Chicken Farmers of Ontario and its farmers are committed to the respectful, humane treatment of all the birds in their care, with clear, auditable and enforceable standards to help guarantee the safety and humane treatment of chickens. These standards are continuously enhanced through ongoing investment in best practices, the implementation of modern technologies, upgraded facilities and through the adoption of new methods of production.
When buying groceries, make sure to buy Ontario grown chickens, which are healthy, safe and nutritious. Great for you and great for our economy.
June 5-11 is Local Food Week in Ontario, so here in Chatham-Kent we will be having a one day Farmers Market, taking place in front of the Civic Centre in Chatham on Monday, June 5 from 11 am until 2 pm. Come out and celebrate our delicious and nutritious local food and our many local food producers.
Think about this – Lord, help us to use wisely all the time we have while on this earth.
Just some food for thought.
Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘We Grow for the World’. Check out our community’s agricultural website at: www.wegrowfortheworld.com
Kim Cooper has been involved in the agribusiness sector for over 40 years. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also follow him on Twitter at ‘theAGguy’