Mobile Poultry Production Network Expands In The Cariboo And Central Interior
The Cariboo Central Interior Poultry Producers Association has completed the construction of a mobile poultry processing unit. This mobile processing facility allows farmers from all over north central BC to safely and legally process their poultry when the mobile poultry processing unit is in their area. There is a network of docking stations where the mobile unit can park and conduct its business. The network of docking stations is continuing to expand in order to allow the mobile poultry processing unit to visit more communities.
Caribou Central Interior Poultry Producers Association has added a second trailer that will serve as an inspector's station and value added processing unit. This trailer will travel with the mobile poultry processing unit and some docking stations will be enhanced in order to supply the necessary services to utilize both trailers. To further diversify the services that Caribou Central Interior Poultry Producers Association offers to poultry producers in the Cariboo region they have purchased a wood chipper.
This purchase was made to serve producers and farmers in the region who lack the availability of vital wood shavings or chips. Poultry floor litter material is in short supply as all excess wood products are being utilized in the forestry sector and there is little available for the agriculture sector. Farms in Quesnel and area chip up unmarketable timber usually found on their farms including, pine beetle wood, wood waste, and stumps. The chips are then used in barns for mass heaters, and composting.
"Farmers across the region are preparing to increase their businesses throughout 2011 and some increased in 2010 in both poultry and rabbit production. This is an exciting time and we anticipate future growth as a direct result of the project funding."
Charlene Lawrence, Administrator, Cariboo Central Interior Poultry Producers Association
Positive Economic Impacts in the Cariboo
With the addition of the value added trailer and the wood chipper to the Cariboo Central Interior Poultry Producers Association portfolio, three to four direct full time sustainable jobs have been created for the area.
The value added trailer provides benefits to the many farmers who can now add value to processed poultry on a fee for service basis. This provides a greater net benefit for the poultry producers. The wood chipper provides a dual service to poultry producers, first as a source of relatively cheap bedding for their animals, and second as a way to make use of waste wood that would not be otherwise valuable.
The positive economic benefits of this project are widespread, providing benefits for poultry producers from as far south as Lillooet to as far north as Vanderhoof and Burns Lake.
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