CANADA - Thousands of Canadian dollars have been pledged to help the Quebec poultry industry reduce the preventative use of antibiotics.
Pierre Breton, a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, has announced the investment of $690,000 to Éleveurs de volailles du Québec (ÉVQ - Quebec's poultry producers' association).
Under this project, the Poultry Research Chair at the University of Montreal's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will assess various alternative strategies and their effects on flock performance, building on a previous research project. It will seek solutions that can be applied across the entire poultry industry.
Mr Breton commented: "The Government of Canada recognises that the use of antibiotics in agriculture is of growing concern with consumers. The Government is supporting the Quebec poultry industry as it continues research to reduce the use of antibiotics in chicken production, which will benefit public health and promote prosperity for producers and all Canadians."
Pierre-Luc Leblanc, President of ÉVQ, said: "The Quebec poultry industry is committed to developing cutting-edge farming methods while maintaining strict, rigorous animal welfare standards.
"Flock health and the quality of consumer products are top priorities. Working with the Poultry Research Chair, we are taking the necessary steps to preserve and enhance these priority areas by building on research and development."ThePoultrySite News Desk