Fresh Ideas, Growing Together

Chicken Farmers of Ontario working to advance sustainable production

Board adds new 7-week growing cycle option while eliminating the 12-week growing cycle

BURLINGTON, ON - June 13, 2016 - Chicken Farmers of Ontario has announced that it is optimizing growing cycle options for farmer-members and industry stakeholders. The decision follows extensive industry consultations with CFO farmer-members, processors, hatcheries and other stakeholders, and is part of the Board’s efforts to continuously improve sustainable production. The changes will further enable Ontario chicken farmers to achieve the highest standards of production, and to meet evolving market expectations as well as required customer specifications.

As of February 19, 2017, the first quota period of the new year (Quota Period A-142), CFO farmer-members and their processors and hatcheries will be able to utilize a new 7-week growing (production) crop cycle option for growing and marketing chicken, while those currently growing and marketing on a 12-week production cycle will be required to move to a 10, 9, 8, or 7-week growing cycle.  
“This policy update reinforces the importance of continuously evolving our production,” said Henry Zantingh, Chair, CFO. “The chicken industry in Ontario is rapidly changing in order to meet the needs of farmers, processors and retailers and this change recognizes the growing demand by the industry for the option of utilizing a shorter growing cycle.”
“In the balanced best interest of the industry we will continuously review our production approaches to ensure better production planning, operations management, control, and performance results,” said Rob Dougans, President and CEO, CFO. “Continually assessing strategies for value creation may also include reducing cycles in the future to further optimize sustainable production in the Ontario chicken sector.”

Media Inquiries:

Michael Edmonds
Director, Communications and Government Relations

Email Michael 
P: 289.288.4223