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Production Cycle Optimization

March 14, 2016 - Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) has announced it will be reviewing its production cycle policy to determine whether it should be amended to enable production and supply chain reliability, safety and efficiencies including optimizing barn assets and capacity utilization.

CFO’s goal is to work with its farmers-members and industry to achieve 100% sustainable production.

The CFO Board policy currently allows farmer-members to utilize an eight, nine, ten or twelve week production cycle. As part of its consultation plan the Board is seeking stakeholder input on Quota Policy No. 211-2015 Section 2.0–Crop Quota Periods and Crop Cycles. Specifically, the focus will be on paragraph 2.02 of the policy which states: The Board will fix and allot crop quotas to producers based on a crop cycle of 56 days (8 weeks), 63 days (9 weeks), 70 days (10 weeks) or 84 days (12 weeks).

CFO’s strategy for delivering sustainable growth, value creation and trust is to be the leader in three key areas:

1) meeting the needs of the market
2) responsible chicken farming
3) proactive risk management 

Those stakeholders wishing to provide input to the Board on ways to optimize the chicken growing production cycles in Ontario can do so using the following online form: 


For more information on this process, please contact:

Dr. Gwen Zellen, Vice-President, Quality, Technical Affairs and Sustainability
P: 289-288-4208
E-mail Gwen