This month as part of the Chicken Farmers of Canada ambassador program, I’m proud to be promoting our Canadian chicken farmers! On the new site www.ChickenFarmers.ca, launched by the Chicken Farmers of Canada, you can get to know your chicken farmers and how they operate their farms.
Why you ask?
When you sit down to a chicken pot pie, or a bowl of chicken noodle soup, or a good old fashioned roasted chicken, have you ever wondered where your chicken came from? Have you thought about the families and farmers behind the scenes? The farm to table process?
If you ate chicken this week (or if you’re planning to), thank a Canadian chicken farmer.
About our Chicken Farmers:
- The backbone of Canada’s food supply is our farmers.
- In Canada we have over 2,700 chicken farmers who pride themselves on raising safe, fresh, high-quality chicken that Canadians can trust. Get to know your chicken farmers a little better through our Canadian farmer profiles.
- Chickens in Canada are raised on sustainable and innovative farms from coast to coast.
- Farmers and their families provide a public good through being responsible stewards of the land and they are committed to using sustainable, good production practices, and to leaving the smallest possible imprint on the environment.
- Farmers provide jobs: direct jobs as well as jobs for those who work in processing, retailing and those companies that provide service and inputs. For more information, watch this short video.
- Consumers get good value for their money: quality food at reasonable prices.
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How your chicken is raised matters.
We live in a time where people want to know more about their food, where it came from, is it safe…here are some facts about your Canadian chicken:
- From the moment chickens arrive on the farm to the time they’re shipped to the consumer, the quality and welfare of the chickens is the biggest concern. Chickens are given nutritious food, clean water, and are set to roam freely around the barns.
- To ensure good flavour and nutrition of our chicken meat, chickens are over 88% grain fed. That is, the main ingredient of all chicken feed (over 88%) is grains and grain by-products, protein-producing seeds, and meal made from them such as canola or soybean meal. In much smaller quantities (around 10%), various other protein sources such as meat and bone meal/vegetable fats, are added to improve the nutritional content, taste and texture of the feed. In much, much smaller quantities (1.5%), mineral and vitamin supplements are commonly added to prevent any nutrient deficiencies. For more information, refer to What Chickens Eat.
- Chicken farmers in Canada are subject to an auditable Animal Care Program, which monitors and enforces the high animal care standards on Canadian chicken farms. Our government-recognized, mandatory, on-farm food safety program also emphasizes animal health, cleanliness and safety throughout each step of the production cycle.
- No chickens are ever given hormones or steroids in Canada. The practice has been illegal since the 1960s.
- Antibiotics can used help to maintain healthy birds or treat sick ones, thereby ensuring a safe food supply for consumers and to prevent any potential food safety problems. Government-verified withdrawal times and random testing mean that the chicken that you buy in grocery stores or in restaurants does not contain any antibiotic residues. The chicken industry proactively manages antibiotic use in order to provide continued confidence to consumers and government. More information on antibiotics can be found here.
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Safe. Fresh. Well Cared for. That’s Canadian chicken.
Want to know more?
I hope you enjoyed this information, and maybe learned a bit about your chicken farmers that you might not have known before.
Have a chicken-tastic day! 😉
Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.