CEIRA has been busy making changes to enhance their coverage for farmers in the egg industry.

As of January 1, 2018, coverage for specialty production including free run, free range and organic, was provided for one year at no charge. Starting January 1, 2019 Specialty production coverage will be available with a paid premium. This coverage is optional for farmers with free run, free range and organic production.

Subscribers will be required to pay the supplemental premium for enhanced specialty coverage. The supplemental premium is paid directly by the subscriber to CEIRA and is not collected by hatcheries.

Each Fall, Egg Farmers of Alberta will provide CEIRA with a list of farms with specialty production and their production numbers for the following year. CEIRA will send an invoice to those farmers for specialty production coverage. If the invoice is paid (by Cheque to CEIRA) by December 31, the farm is confirmed to have specialty production coverage. If the invoice for specialty production coverage is not paid by December 31st, the farmer has NOT opted into the specialty coverage and conventional, caged-white coverage applies to the specialty production flock for the entire production year.

The subscriber’s charge for specialty production coverage is as follows:

  • Free Runbase premium + 2 cents;
  • Free Rangebase premium + 4 cents;
  • Organicbase premium + 6 cents.

If you produce free run, free range, or organic eggs, expect to see your invoice in the next 6-8 weeks. If you have questions about this coverage option, you can contact CEIRA directly at [email protected] or 1-877-628-9564.

CEIRA also launched coverage for Avian Influenza (AI) in September. Coverage for AI is automatic for existing subscribers and combined with existing SE coverage. As of September 17, 2018, the subscriber’s charge increased by three cents to a total of 28.5 cents per bird. The subscriber’s charge and the administration fee are included on all hatchery invoices when the day old chicks are sold and are applied to all domestic chick sales.