poultry

Welfare-friendly housing for young chickens

Chris Mullet Koop didn’t set out to start raising his own pullets (young chickens). He really just wanted to convert his layer barn into an enriched colony system – but as these things sometimes go, one thing led to another and then another. Now, he’s the first farmer in North America with an innovative enriched […]

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Fabulous farming fotos

For anyone writing or blogging about farming, here’s a great resource for you. One of my biggest struggles is always trying to find current, accurate and available photos to go along with articles or blog posts. The Ontario agriculture photo library has a wide array of available photos depicting many of the different aspects of […]

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A visit to a Canadian egg farm

Eggs are a Canadian breakfast staple. They’re also popular at other mealtimes and as ingredients in countless recipes. But do you ever wonder how eggs are made and where they come from? I had the chance to find out first hand a couple of weeks ago during a visit to an egg farm north of […]

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Where your Thanksgiving turkey really comes from

Most of us have very little knowledge of where our food comes from or how it is produced. As a result, misinformation is widely circulated in many different forms – so to get to the real scoop on what’s going on, I’m a firm believer that there’s no one better to ask than a farmer […]

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Reconnecting with nature’s original alarm clock

I grew up on a farm in rural Ontario and after about 15 years of living in the city, I returned to the country this past January when my husband and I bought a house just outside of town. There are many things I like about no longer living in a sub-division – but one […]

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Plea from farmers: Save our farms

Ontario’s farmers are using a town hall meeting in Stratford today to reach out to the public. The Save our Farms forum will focus on the beleaguered state of Ontario’s farming sector and on what the future of an Ontario without farming could look like down the road if nothing is done.

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Backyard chicken checklist

The rise of the local food movement has also increased urban interest in growing food in the city. Generally, this means a small garden or some planters for tomatoes, carrots, some herbs and the like. But for some more adventurous types, this drive to “grow your own” also includes eggs – and it’s not as […]

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Is it Canadian chicken? What does the label mean?

A lot of people have asked these questions and as consumers, we now have the chance to find out the answer –  straight from Canada’s chicken farmers. Chicken Farmers of Canada has just launched a brand new blog – called Chicken Feeds – that will focus on all things chicken in Canada.

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Backyard chicken flap

Tough economic times and increased environmental awareness mean we’re seeing things we haven’t seen in decades. Things like the return of the laundry line, the resurgence of the vegetable patch and even the re-appearance of backyard chicken coops. Municipalities are generally encouraging of anything that promotes environmental awareness and sustainability – but some are drawing […]

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Hello chefs-to-be, meet your food

We’ve got another farm tour coming up this week with young culinary students, this time from Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough. The focus this time will be on chicken production and apple farming. This tour is the last in a series that AGCare and the Ontario Farm Animal Council (OFAC) have been running for […]

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Foodies on farm tour

Ottawa area foodies – media, chefs, instructors and home economists – had a chance to get a first hand glimpse into food production and agriculture as they visited two local farms yesterday. The tour was hosted jointly by AGCare and our sister group, the Ontario Farm Animal Council, and attracted about 20 participants.

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Chicken wing chow-down

Almost 500 million chicken wings were consumed by hungry fans during the Super Bowl this past Sunday, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The US poultry industry produces about 11 billion chicken wings per year or 42 million per business day – which means hungry American football fans ate their way through 11 […]

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