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A-173

A-173 NATIONAL ALLOCATION RE-ISSUED ON AUGUST 25, 2021. ONTARIO’S ALLOTMENT TO FARMER-MEMBERS IS NOW +4.4% RELATIVE TO THE ADJUSTED BASE.
 
Farmer-members will need to assess, and adjust, any chick orders and/or placements as of Wednesday, September 1, 2021. 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 for A-173 will need to work closely with their processors in order to achieve reduction targets based on market needs.
 
In addition, farmer-members may be asked to demonstrate flexibility in A-173, by:
 
  • Marketing birds earlier than originally contracted – this will enable processors to supply the market with a more manageable supply of chicken
  • Working closely with their processor to enable this flexibility
 
 
Click on the questions below for more information.
 

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Why was an adjusted allotment issued to farmer-members?
Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) reset the national allocation for A-173 to +4.0% relative to the adjusted base. Ontario's allotment to farmer-members is now +4.4% relative to the adjusted base, rather than the previously communicated +5.4% allotment that was announced on August 10, 2021. CFC has responded to address a downward correction of Chicken Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) utilization data by Global Affairs Canada.

Allotments have been re-issued to farmer-members for the A-173 quota period.
 
It's important that the entire chicken industry value chain comes together to support the change and that CFO farmer-members work closely with all applicable industry stakeholders.
Are all farmer-member’s September 1, 2021 allotments reduced by exactly 1%?
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 were reduced to as close to the re-issued allotment of +4.4% in relation to adjusted base as possible. Individual farmer-member allotment reduction percentages may vary slightly.
If a farmer-member placed chicks on, or in advance of, the September 1, 2021, allotment, are they required to adjust their planned production?
Yes. All farmer-members are required to plan A-173 production based on the September 1, 2021, re-issued allotment, and need to work closely with all applicable industry stakeholders in order to do so.
 
Farmer-members who placed chicks on, or in advance of, the September 1, 2021, allotment, need to work very closely with their processor to ensure the new production targets are met. Solutions are ultimately based on the individual contracted processor’s market(s). All birds that are fit for loading are required to go to market.
What are farmer-members who have planned placements after September 1, 2021 required to do?
Farmer-members placing chicks after September 1, 2021, are required to work with their hatchery and processor to assess and adjust their chick order. All chick orders need to be aligned with the September 1, 2021, re-issued allotment.
 
Farmer-members are also required to work closely with their processors regarding targeted marketing dates.
What happens if farmer-members are over / under their allotment in A-173?
All existing regulations and policies pertaining to overmarketing and undermarketing are still applicable
Does the September 1, 2021, re-issued allotment apply to farmer-members contracted with Quebec processors?
Yes. The September 1, 2021, re-issued allotment is applicable to all CFO quota holders.
What happens if a farmer-member has a Crop Exception Period (CEP) during A-173?
It is the Board’s principle that no individual farmer-member should benefit or be disproportionately disadvantaged. All farmer-members should equally participate in the national response (adjustments) due to changes in market demand. CFO will 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-173?
Market Development Assessments for A-173 will be sent to farmer-members on October 6, 2021.

PLEASE CHECK BACK REGULARLY AS MORE DETAIL MAY BE PROVIDED, AND SOME INFORMATION MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
 
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 liz.millward@ontariochicken.ca or Nancy Ward, CFO's Administrator, Master Data at nancy.ward@ontariochicken.ca
  • All questions related to Regulations and Policies should be directed to Chris Horbász, CFO’s Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at chris.horbasz@ontariochicken.ca
  • All questions related to penalties and compliance should be directed to Chris Horbász, CFO’s Director of Corporate & Regulatory Affairs at chris.horbasz@ontariochicken.ca
  • All questions related to market demand and chicken consumption should be directed to communications@ontariochicken.ca
  • Please send any further generic inquiries to communications@ontariochicken.ca
  • All media inquiries should be directed to Kathryn Goodish, CFO’s Senior Director, Communications & Stakeholder Relations at kathryn.goodish@ontariochicken.ca
 
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.