The governments of Canada and Ontario are supplying $900,000 — through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP)  — to launch an innovative tool to connect meat and poultry farmers with abattoirs that have available processing capacity and to support recruitment, retention, and training initiatives in the industry. The new Farmer-Processor Connections Initiative, led by Meat and… Read More

Meat & Poultry Ontario is looking for a few more livestock producers in the southwest region of the province to participate in a pilot project. The organization has been working diligently on assessing and evaluating livestock processing capacity, stumbling blocks, and opportunities from both the producer and processor perspective. As part of the study, the… Read More

Meat and Poultry Ontario (MPO) is launching a project to identify opportunities to increase meat processing capacity in Ontario. The $127,000 project, funded through the federal/provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership, is aimed at addressing a growing demand for abattoir services across the province, including the north. MPO has begun researching a strategy that pairs skills development with… Read More

Twelve competitors squared off to determine who the finalists will be for this year’s Ontario’s Finest Butcher Competition. Held at Halenda’s Meats at Mississauga, the competition was hosted by Meat & Poultry Ontario (MPO), the industry association which represents meat and poultry processors. Of the 12 competitors, three have moved on to the final round… Read More

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become abundantly clear to many that Canada’s livestock processing industry is incredibly concentrated to a handful of federal plants. Now, as these plants face partial or short-term closures, many farmers and consumers alike are lamenting the lack of small, local abattoirs. The trouble is, it’s not easy… Read More

Ontario has launched a Meat Industry Engagement Panel — a collaboration with the Ontario government along with Meat & Poultry Ontario. The aim of the new panel is to continue to increase food safety in the province while supporting economic growth opportunities for the sector, according to a news release. “This panel’s industry experts will… Read More

In the face of plant-based protein being all the rage, some may have also noticed a subtle but significant push for the continued celebration of meat. The rise of nose-to-tail feasts, carnivore-centric restaurants, and even a reality TV show that puts butchering skills to the test are a all a testament to humans’ continued love… Read More


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