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Changes will be made to applicable farmer-member allotments in quota period A-168.

In quota period A-164, the chicken industry needed to further reduce production to meet many marketplace challenges which were a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) Board of Directors was dealing with an unprecedented situation and an unprecedented allocation reduction, and at the time, the Board communicated that subsequent necessary allotment adjustments may be made in future quota periods.
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Why is the CFO Board making allotment adjustments?
It is the Board’s principle that no individual farmer-member should benefit or be disproportionately disadvantaged because of COVID-19. All farmer-members should equally participate in the national response (adjustments) due to changes in market demand. After careful review and analysis, further allotment discrepancies from the A-164 allotment have been determined and will be remedied in A-168.
What kind of allotment adjustments were made in A-168?
As applicable, in quota period A-168 (starting February 14, 2021), farmer-members will receive a manual adjustment to their allotment stemming from further A-164 allotment discrepancies.

Farmer-members should refer to their A-168 Schedule 1* for more details. 

*Farmer-Members who are currently on a No Processor List will receive a Summary of Kilograms (SOK) for A-168 as opposed to a Schedule 1. The SOK will show what their manual adjustment will be in A-168 due to the A-164 correction. 

What is the Ontario A-168 allocation?
National allocation for A-168 was set at -2.5% below the adjusted base at the Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) meeting on December 2, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a dominant force causing much disruption to the Canadian chicken market. Much of Canada is engulfed in a much larger ‘second wave’ with escalating levels of cases and shutdowns which will impact market needs in the near to medium term.
There is much hope on the horizon with high efficacy vaccines nearing approvals. However, mass vaccinations cannot be expected to have taken place in time to affect A-168. Consequently, market needs for A-168 are expected to continue being lower than year-ago levels.
What if I have a Crop Exception Period (CEP) in A-168?
Farmer-Members with a CEP in A-168 will receive the adjustment in A-169.


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 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.