Industry Overview 2014

  • Manitoba had 24 hatching egg producers and 115 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 9421 hens producing 1.4 million eggs annually.
  • The smallest farm produced 550,800 eggs every year and the largest produced 3 million eggs.
  • Manitoba’s hatching egg production for 2014 was 33.6 million eggs, down 2.3% from 2013. Manitoba hatcheries imported 7.74 million eggs, up 3.85% from 2013.
  • In 2014 locally produced eggs accounted for 81.2% of the total eggs set at Manitoba hatcheries.
  • The average hatchability of Manitoba broiler hatching eggs was 82% in 2014. Import egg hatchability was 80.2%.
  • Hatching egg producers are paid based on the number of saleable chicks. The producer price as of December 31, 2014 was 52.1 cents for every saleable chick. This is essentially unchanged from the previous year.
  • Manitoba had 4 hatcheries.

Broiler Chickens

  • Manitoba had 113 registered chicken farms, located mainly in the southeast corner of Manitoba.
  • The average farm raised 60,862 kg of chicken every 7 weeks.
  • The largest farm raised 610,600 kg of chicken every 7 weeks. The smallest farm raised 30,000 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”.
  • Approximately 99.5% of chicken produced in Manitoba fell into the broiler weight category.
  • Total chicken production in 2014 = 44.6 million kg eviscerated, up 1.4 million kilograms from the previous year.
  • Production in Manitoba increased 11.5% from 2004 to 2014.
  • Manitoba had 4% of the total Canadian chicken production. Ontario and Quebec had the greatest market share at 33% and 28% respectively.
  • The average price paid to a Manitoba producer for 1 kg of live chicken in 2014 was $1.6296 (2013 = $1.7029, 2012 = $1.6780, 2011 = $1.6158).
  • Manitoba has 2 major chicken processing companies – Sunrise Poultry Co (operating as Dunn-Rite Food Products)and Granny’s Poultry Co-operative.
  • Canada ranks 17th on the list of leading chicken producing countries.  In 2014 Canada raised 1.07 billion kilograms.  The United States tops the list, producing 17.3 billion kgs in 2014.  China and Brazil are second and third with 13.1 billion kgs and 12.7 billion kgs respectively.
  • Canada is 17th on the list of leading chicken importers, bringing in 190 million kilograms in 2014.  By contrast, Canada ranks 8th on the list of leading chicken exporters, sending 169 million kilograms of chicken around the world.
  • The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for chicken in 2014 was 148 (2002=100). The CPI for all foods was 125.2.  In comparison the American 2014 CPI for chicken parts was 225.8 and 242.7 for all foods.
  • Chicken retained its lead as the meat of choice in Canada with 35.7% of total meat consumption (2014). In the United States, chicken also leads with a 38.4% share of total meat consumption (2014).
  • Canadians ate 30.9 kg of chicken per person in 2014. Canada had the 18th highest per person chicken consumption in the world in 2014.  Jamaica led the world with 51.9 kg followed by Malaysia with 49.8 kg per person and Qatar (49.3 kg).  The USA is 7th on the list with 44 kg per person.
  • In Canada in 2014, 62% of chicken consumed was purchased at a retail outlet. 22% was purchased from a fast food outlet, 10% from a full service restaurant and 6% was served in hotels and institutions.