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Message from the Chair

Dear pullet growers, egg producers and industrial partners,

More Challenges

These sure are trying times for our industry. After two years of Covid-19 pandemic, Avian influenza now threatens our flocks while inflation and supply constraints for many farm inputs threaten our business margins. One wonders when our industry will be able to go back to a semblance of normalcy. And while these crises are taking their toll on our creativity and resilience, they also test our ability to work collectively.

Actions on costs and revenues

Protecting our business margins requires actions on both costs and revenues. Pullet growers must identify potential avenues to reduce their operating costs, such as improving their farm’s energy efficiency. Recent research provides insights on new technologies that can reduce a farm’s energy consumption, and governments provide financial assistance, since these technologies can help fight climate change. On the revenue side, it is more important than ever for growers to sell birds at a price that covers their production cost. PGC will work with its partners to address these concerns in the next months.

2022 Annual General Meeting

On a lighter note, I was delighted to reconnect with friends and partners at PGC’s AGM. Virtual meetings have been very useful in the past few years, but they can’t replace these moments of human connection and impromptu conversations. This was also an occasion to salute PGC’s first Chairman, Andrew DeWeerd, and to thank him for everything he has done for PGC and for pullet growers. As my mentor, I could not thank Andy enough for what he’s brought to our organization. Finally, the AGM was also the occasion to present PGC’s directors for the coming year. Marie-Josée, Alvin and Kim have decided to pursue their involvement with PGC and I thank them fondly for this. Considering all the projects currently planned by our Board of Directors, I am convinced that 2022 will be as fruitful as last year, if not more.

Very cordially yours,

François Jacques,

May 2022 posts
1. Actions on costs and revenues
2. Concern about Avian Influenza in poultry and egg farms
3. Energy efficiency in pullet barns
4. 16th Annual General Meeting Summary
5. Tribute to Mr. Andrew Deweerd
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