Manitoba Chicken Producers (MCP) is dedicated to representing the needs of hatching egg and chicken producers of Manitoba by providing leadership in maintaining a viable and stable chicken production industry.
We are a provincial, farmer-run, organization whose main responsibility is to ensure that Manitoba farmers produce enough hatching eggs and meat chickens to meet the needs of the marketplace. The system we operate under is commonly known as supply management or orderly marketing.
Our organization is completely funded through levies paid by registered farmers according to the number of eggs and kilograms of chicken marketed. We do not receive any government subsidies, grants, or other taxpayer monies.
Our directions and policies are determined by a eight member board of directors that meets regularly. The board is made up of chicken farmers elected from each of the six chicken producing districts, and two hatching egg farmers elected to represent the hatching egg producers.
The board of directors meets with hatcheries, and with provincial processors, to determine the needs of the marketplace and to set the minimum prices paid to farmers. We do not set wholesale or retail chicken prices.
We also regulate hatching egg and chicken production in Manitoba. Farmers require a quota for hatching eggs and meat chickens. We allocate quota, set production levels and monitor production on each farm.
Another key responsibility is to ensure that the voice of Manitoba hatching egg and chicken farmers is heard on the provincial, national and international scene.
We promote the consumption of Manitoba chicken, and act as an information resource for anyone interested in buying or using Manitoba chicken.
We were established in 1968 under the Manitoba Natural Products Marketing Act of the provincial government. We are members of the national hatching egg agency, Canadian Hatching Egg Producers, and the national chicken farmer organization, Chicken Farmers of Canada.
Our office is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and is staffed by 6 employees.
1357 Kenaston Boulevard Winnipeg MB R3P 2P2
Tel: 204 489 4603
Fax: 204 488 1163
2015-2016 Board of Directors
District 5 – Jake Wiebe, Chair
District 2 – Don Neufeld, KAP alternate
District 1 – Stuart Nikkel, Vice Chair, PACC representative
District 3 – Vernon Froese, CFC Director
District 4 – Leonard Klassen, CFC alternate
District 6 – Benny Waldner
District 7A – Dean Penner, Hatching Egg Director, CHEP Director
District 7B – Murray Klassen,Hatching Egg Director, CHEP alternate, KAP representative
Wayne Hiltz, Executive Director
Erica Poudrette, Executive Assistant – Farm Transactions
Karen Armstrong, Assistant Manager – Public Relations, Accounting, Privacy Officer
Vallene Weeks, Field Services Manager – On Farm Programs & Live Animal Displays (on leave till May 2017)
Rachel Regier, Field Services Manager – On Farm Programs & Live Animal Displays
Lucinda Reay, Production Control Manager, Emergency Coordinator
Tracey Sneesby, Adminstrative Assistant