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Farmer-members will need to assess, and adjust, any chick orders and/or placements as of Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Please be proactive and reach out to your hatchery ASAP to discuss and confirm your new chick order.

Farmer-members who have already placed birds in A-163 will need to work closely with their processors in order to achieve reduction targets based on market needs.

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Why was an adjusted allotment issued to farmer-members on April 7, 2020?
Our industry has observed that, many consumers have adjusted where and what they eat which is resulting in a temporary decline in demand for fresh chicken. In an effort to balance supply with current demand expectations, Ontario chicken farmers, in consultation with industry partners, will temporarily reduce production effective Friday, April 3, 2020.

A new Schedule 1 was issued to all CFO farmer-members on April 7, 2020.

The approximate -15% is reflected as a “Manual Adjustment” on the Schedule 1. 

Are all farmer-member’s April 7, 2020 allotments reduced by exactly -15%?
No. Each farmer-member’s situation is slightly different based on several production planning factors (production cycle, density calculations etc.). Please be advised that all applicable allotments have been reduced as close to -15% as possible. Individual farmer-member allotment reduction percentages may vary slightly. The overall reduction is approximately -15%.

If a farmer-member placed chicks in advance of the April 7, 2020 allotment, are they required to adjust their planned production?

All farmer-members are now required to plan A-163 production based on the April 7, 2020 allotment, and must work closely with all applicable industry stakeholders in order to do so. This is very important and needs to be done in order to support the Ontario chicken market during the pandemic.

Farmer-members who placed chicks on, or in advance of, the April 7, 2020 allotment will need to work very closely with their processor to ensure the approximate -15% allotment reduction is achieved. Solutions will ultimately be based on the individual contracted processor’s market(s). All birds that are fit for loading must go to market.

What are farmer-members who have planned placements after April 7, 2020 required to do?
Any farmer-member who placed chicks after April 7, 2020 is required to work with their hatchery and processor to assess and adjust their chick order. All chick orders will need to be aligned with the April 7, 2020 allotment.
Farmer-members are also required to work closely with their processors regarding targeted marketing dates.

Will farmer-members have the opportunity to regrow the full amount of any underproduction?
No, there will be no waiver of the existing policies and regulations pertaining to undermarketing in A-163
Will there be any change to penalties for overmarketing of kilograms in A-163 if birds are kept in the barn past planned processing dates?
All existing regulations pertaining to overmarketing are still applicable.

Does the April 7, 2020 allotment apply to farmer-members contracted with Quebec processors?
Yes. The April 7, 2020 allotment is applicable to all CFO quota holders.

What happens if a farmer-member has a Crop Exception Period (CEP) during A-163?
As we are dealing with an unprecedented situation and an unprecedented allocation reduction, CFO may approach the issue of subsequent adjustments at a later time to address any unintended short-term allocation discrepancies between farmers.
What about Market Development Assessments for A-163?
Market Development Assessments for A-163 that were sent to applicable farmer-members on March 25, 2020 are no longer valid.

Market Development Assessments for A-163 will be re-issued. Original payments will be returned, and new invoices will be issued.

How is CFO supporting food banks during COVID-19?
The CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks program is continuing to provide fresh, locally-grown chicken to food banks across the province.

During this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, CFO has temporarily made the program more flexible for food banks – expanding the program to include frozen, prepackaged, and further processed chicken products – in order to provide Premium Ontario Chicken to families and individuals in need.

CFO will continue to work in partnership with Feed Ontario to ensure Ontario’s food banks are supported.

The CFO Board is requesting that any farmer-members who have not yet made a donation for 2020 make every reasonable effort to support the food banks during this difficult time. Please CLICK HERE to make your donation if you haven’t already done so.


For more information on any of the technical details listed above, please contact the following CFO staff-associates and / or industry stakeholders:  

  • All questions related to adjusting chick orders should be directed to a farmer-member’s hatchery
  • All questions related to the deliberate early marketing of birds should be directed to a farmer-member’s contracted processor
  • All questions related to the allotment, the Schedule 1, grace weeks, home weeks, crop exceptions periods should be directed to Liz Millward, CFO’s Analyst, Production Logistics at or Nancy Ward, CFO's Administrator, Master Data at
  • All questions related to Regulations and Policies should be directed to Tessa Christie, CFO’s Manager, Legal & Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary at
  • All questions related to penalties and compliance should be directed to Chris Horbász, CFO’s Director of Corporate & Regulatory Affairs at

The CFO team is working very hard to support farmer-members. We endeavour to respond to all inquiries within a maximum 24hour time frame.

As always, farmer-members are reminded that all emergencies (disease, fire, environmental etc.) should be reported into the 24/7 CFO emergency services hotline at 1-877-SOS-BYRD.