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Agriculture Report

Egg Farmers Help Feed Children

By Manny Paiva

The Egg Farmers of Canada is partnering with the Breakfast Club to serve breakfast to kids who would otherwise go without a nutritious meal.


Length: 1:15

Canada's egg farmers have announced a major new initiative to help feed kids locally and across the country.

It's partnering with Breakfast Club of Canada -- which serves breakfast to kids who would otherwise go without a nutritious meal.

Egg Farmers of Canada Spokesperson Alison Evans says egg farmers believe it's an important cause that's close to home.

Evans adds the partnership reflects farmers’ social responsibility -- and they feel the eggs can help keep kids healthy and active.

There are 466 breakfast clubs across Ontario, serving almost 11 million meals a year at schools in Bruce, Grey, Simcoe, Huron and Perth Counties.

Don Inouye -- a spokesperson for the nutritional program -- says one child in seven goes to school on an empty stomach, which has troubling implications.

He notes they don't learn as well and don't adjust socially.

There are more than 1,300 Breakfast Clubs across Canada -- feeding over 152,000 kids a day. 

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Michael McCain says the volume decline was most dramatic after the first weeks of the price increase -- but since then, it has been steadily recovering.

The company reports its total revenue for the second quarter actually increased 10 per cent over the previous quarter.

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Canadian hog producers have a lot of time to decide how they want to comply with new sow housing regulations.

Doctor Jennifer Brown is with the Prairie Swine Centre.

She says existing barns could still house sows in stalls until the 2024 deadline, provided the animals are allowed to exercise during their gestation period

Any major renovations to those barns and any new barns being built would need to accommodate group housing.

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Grant adds research has also shown that pre0conditioning improves average daily gain, reduces animal deaths and lowers costs.

 


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