- Manitoba had 23 hatching egg producers and 118 registered broiler (meat) chicken producers.
- Over 97% of all registered hatching egg and chicken farms in Manitoba are family owned and operated.
Broiler Hatching Eggs
- The average size for a broiler hatching egg farm was 10,091 hens producing 1.51 million eggs annually.
- The smallest farm produced 750,000 eggs every year and the largest produced 3 million eggs.
- Manitoba’s hatching egg production for 2017 was 35.4 million eggs, up 0.19% from 2016. Manitoba hatcheries imported 8.27 million eggs, up 20.73% from 2016.
- In 2017 locally produced eggs accounted for 80.2% of the total eggs set at Manitoba hatcheries.
- The average hatchability of Manitoba broiler hatching eggs was 82.1% in 2017. Import egg hatchability was 83.4%.
- Hatching egg producers are paid based on the number of saleable chicks. The producer price as of December 31, 2017 was 53.8 cents for every saleable chick. This is 0.5 cents higher than the previous year.
- Manitoba had 4 hatcheries.
- Manitoba had 118 registered chicken farms, located mainly in the southeast corner of Manitoba.
- The average farm raised 73,044 kg of chicken every 7 weeks.
- The largest farm raised 610,600 kg of chicken every 7 weeks. The smallest farm raised 36,222 kg every 7 weeks.
- Most chickens were ready to market when they weighed just under 2 kg. It takes 30-34 days for chickens to reach this weight. These chickens are called “broilers”.
- Total chicken production in 2017 = 50.2 million kg eviscerated, up 1.3 million kilograms from the previous year.
- Production in Manitoba increased 20.1% from 2007 to 2017.
- Manitoba had 4% of the total Canadian chicken production. Ontario and Quebec had the greatest market share at 33% and 27% respectively.
- The average price paid to a Manitoba producer for 1 kg of live chicken in 2017 was $1.5500 (2016 = $1.6008, 2015 = $1.6077).
- Manitoba has 2 federally inspected chicken processing companies – Sunrise Poultry Co. (operating as Dunn-Rite Food Products) and Granny’s Poultry Co-operative Ltd. There are three provincially licensed companies – Waldner Meats, West Man Processors, and Favour-Rite Meats.
- Canada ranks 17th on the list of leading chicken producing countries. In 2017 Canada raised 1.20 billion kilograms. The United States tops the list, producing 18.7 billion kgs in 2017. Brazil and European Union are second and third with 13.2 billion kgs and 11.8 billion kgs respectively.
- Canada is 14th on the list of leading chicken importers, bringing in 170 million kilograms in 2017. By contrast, Canada ranks 9th on the list of leading chicken exporters, sending 159 million kilograms of chicken around the world.
- The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for chicken in 2017 was 158.5 (2002=100). The CPI for all foods was 142.7. In comparison the American 2017 CPI for chicken parts was 221.0 and 250.1 for all foods.
- Chicken retained its lead as the #1 meat choice in Canada with 37.4% of total meat consumption (2017). In the United States, chicken also leads with a 39% share of total meat consumption (2017).
- Canadians ate 33.1 kg of chicken per person in 2017. Canada had the 15th highest per person chicken consumption in the world in 2017. Qatar led the world with 56.5 kg per person followed by Malaysia (55.2 kg), The USA (48.0kg) and Australia (47.1 kg).
- In Canada in 2017, 59% of chicken consumed was purchased at a retail outlet. 24% was purchased from a fast food outlet, 12% from a full service restaurant and 5% was served in hotels and institutions.