With over a quarter of 2017 already in the books, here is an update about how farmers are doing with their on-farm programs so far this year.
Animal Care Program:
- 40 ACP evaluations have been completed in 2017
- Alberta’s average score is 99.95%
- 35 facilities have received a rating of 100%
Start Clean – Stay Clean Layer Program:
- 30 SC-SC evaluations have been completed in 2017
- Alberta’s average score is 99.87%
- 25 egg farmers have scored a perfect 100% rating
Start Clean – Stay Clean Pullet Program:
- 17 SC-SC evaluations have been completed in 2017
- Alberta’s average score is 99.62%
- 13 pullet growers have scored a perfect 100% rating
The SC-SC Pullet Program was introduced in Canada in 2009, as a voluntary program. Alberta farmers have embraced the program, with all pullet growers scoring well above the 90% required for full CEIRA coverage. In fact, pullet growers scored an average of 99.1% last year! While EFA is proud of how far the farmers have come, having all pullet growers achieve accreditation is important for ensuring that all farms meet the highest standard in the program, so that all birds moving into Alberta’s layer barns have the best opportunity to be healthy and produce quality eggs.
EFA has established a goal to have all pullet growers accredited in the SC-SC Pullet Program by December, 2018. EFA strongly encourages all pullet growers who have not yet gained accreditation to take that step this year. To do so, pullet growers must have a score of at least 90%, and have 100% of their records in place. The records required for accreditation are listed at the back of the record keeping calendar.
If you have any questions about what is needed to become accredited, please contact Dave Lastiwka at the EFA office (x128), and be sure to ask your EFC inspector to accredit you when they are on farm to complete your pullet assessment.