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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 24, 2014 14:04 ET

Harper Government Boosts Research for Canada's Chicken Industry

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - July 24, 2014) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Member of Parliament Brad Trost, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, today announced an investment of up to $275,000 to the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan to undertake a research project on disease control in the Saskatchewan broiler chicken industry.

With this investment, the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan aims to identify and characterize new variants of the avian reovirus and determine how they are transmitted. It also aims to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of vaccines for inclusion body hepatitis (IBH) in field trials.

This project is a step in the development of vaccines for avian reovirus and IBH, two diseases that are a common problem for many broiler producers. If commercialized, these vaccines have the potential of reducing economic losses in the Canadian broiler chicken industry and the need for therapeutics by preventing instead of treating these diseases.

Quick facts

  • The Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan is a non-profit, producer funded organization whose mission is to develop a profitable, safe and expanding Saskatchewan chicken industry.
  • In 2012, Canada produced chicken products worth $2.4 billion.
  • This investment is made through the Industry-led Research and Development stream of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698-million initiative under Growing Forward 2.


"Our Government supports the Canadian chicken industry's ability to seek innovative solutions that will help it prosper and remain competitive. This project involves the development of control measures for emerging diseases impacting the sector, thereby helping it to remain a significant contributor to Canada's economy."

- Member of Parliament Brad Trost

"The Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan is very excited to receive this investment to advance research and development into safe and effective vaccines for the Canadian poultry industry. Research will be conducted through the University of Saskatchewan by Dr. Susantha Gomis and will assist the industry in improving flock health and reducing the usage of antibiotics."

- Ms. Diane Pastoor, Chair of the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan

Additional links

Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

AgriInnovation Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan

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Contact Information

  • Emily Hogeveen
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada