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Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) provides supply management leadership to an evolving and growing chicken industry in Ontario which includes the largest number of chicken farmers and the most diverse consumer base in the country.  CFO helps develop and expand opportunities for Ontario businesses that are innovating in existing and/or emerging consumer markets. CFO ensures consumers enjoy a reliable supply of high quality, safe, locally grown Ontario chicken.

CFO's Specialty Breeds Chicken Program

Chicken Farmers of Ontario is focused on strengthening and growing its core chicken business while ensuring that it has a strong foundation from which to launch effective programs to meet new and emerging consumer markets for different types of chicken.

In 2014, CFO launched an innovative Specialty Breeds Chicken program to support the growing demand from Ontario’s diverse and growing ethno-cultural communities for chicken processed with ‘head and feet on.’ The Specialty Breeds Chicken program offers exciting opportunities for the specialty chicken value chain—hatcheries, farmers, distributors and retailers of specialty breeds of chicken—to support this growing consumer market.

By year end 2017, more than 23 farmers had been accepted into the program and they were supplying the GTA marketplace with more than 50,000 Specialty Breeds chickens each week.


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"The Specialty Breeds Chicken Program provides a significant growth opportunity for the Ontario chicken industry. Ontario's demographics are changing rapidly and the demand for different types of chicken has been growing as well."
Murray Opsteen, Chair, CFO


  • 01/16/2023

    Virtual Specialty Breeds Meeting - January 16, 2023

  • 08/31/2022

    Specialty Breeds Quota Period Calendar for A-183+ with 12 Week Cycle

  • 01/06/2022

    Virtual Specialty Breeds Annual Meeting Presentation – Nov. 24, 2021

  • 02/24/2021

    Specialty Breeds Quota Period Calendar for A-170 to A-183.

  • 07/22/2020

    Virtual Specialty Breeds Consultations

  • 11/22/2019

    Growing Together, Inaugural Specialty Breeds Workshop

  • 11/22/2019

    Specialty Breeds Workshop 2019

  • 11/27/2017

    Chicken Farmers of Ontario Launches New Specialty Breeds Chicken Program to Support Growing and Diverse Consumer Markets

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