Pullet growers draft application for split from eggs

Consultations with Canada’s pullet growers have brought their reorganized national group to complete its first draft of an application for separate status in the country’s supply management system.

Pullet Growers of Canada, formerly the National Pullet Growers Association, announced Tuesday it has drafted a “detailed application proposal” for “Part 2” agency status under the federal Farm Products Agencies Act.

The first draft of the proposal to the Farm Products Council of Canada is meant for the FPCC to “determine any gaps in the process of submission” before the final draft is submitted.

The draft follows an initial round of consultations with affected producers to gather information on their “expectations and concerns,” the PGC said in a release Tuesday.

The PGC also announced it has finished a first draft of a federal-provincial agreement laying out “the basis of the federal-provincial relationship on pullets; an operating agreement that provides the details of how the relationship might work; and, a quota methodology to set the stage for (PGC to operate) as an agency.”

A “complete update” on PGC activities is to be presented to national and provincial supervisory agencies at a meeting next month in Prince Edward Island.

In “coming months,” the group said it plans to continue consultations with provincial agencies on the development of the federal-provincial agreement.

“At the same time PGC will continue working with the (FPCC) to fill in any gaps in required information and prepare the final copy for submission to become a Part 2 agency.”

“Momentum”

The group first announced its plans in March to seek Part 2 status, making a break from the egg sector agencies which today represent its members on pullet-related issues.

Many of Canada’s 550 pullet growers are also in the egg business, the group noted at the time, but PGC members believe it’s time for the growers to have their own voice on issues such as cost of production, disease control, HACCP programs and housing standards, among others.

An autonomous PGC would have the legal powers to make decisions on such issues, on behalf of pullet producers across Canada, the group said.

“We are very pleased with the progress and support we have received to date in this process,” PGC chair Andy DeWeerd, an Ontario producer, said Tuesday. “However, we need to keep the momentum going and see this through to the finish.”

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