Trillium Hatchery Inc. (Trillium), a consortium of Ontario farmers, is opening a leading-edge chicken hatching facility in Stratford, Ontario in 2018. Trillium is responding to the demand from hatching egg and chicken farmers, as well as Ontario consumers.
Currently in Ontario, there are only three major producers of chicks, all of which use traditional technologies. This market structure is insufficient to meet the growing demand and evolving tastes of Ontario consumers. For example, consumers are demanding chickens raised without antibiotics, improvements in animal welfare and more diverse products.
Trillium will create jobs in southwestern Ontario by bringing a revolutionary technology, called HatchCare, to Ontario to meet these demands. HatchCare provides hatched chicks with a superior environment throughout the entire hatching process. Chicks hatch under optimum and uniform temperature conditions. At the same time, they are provided with light, feed and water as soon as they hatch. This combination not only results in a system that delivers stronger, healthier chicks but is also a significant step towards more animal-friendly and antibiotic-free poultry production.
“Because of growing demand for Ontario chicken, there is an opportunity to expand hatchery capacity significantly. We are excited to bring this leading technology to our province to do just that. Trillium will provide a healthier chick, one produced more humanely and more effectively. Ontario hatching egg and chicken farmers and Ontario consumers will be the big winners.”Dave Brock, Co-Founder of Trillium Hatchery Inc.
“Trillium, owned and governed by leaders from across Ontario’s poultry industry, will bolster a growing cluster of agri-food innovation in the Stratford area. Our collaborative structure will create a fresh, new approach to the chicken value chain in Ontario where everyone will share in our success. We have a lot of momentum and we’re excited to bring this project to reality.”Murray Booy, Co-Founder or Trillium Hatchery Inc.
“Trillium is a welcome addition to our City’s thriving agri-business landscape. They are an innovation-minded business with a revolutionary new approach which merges technology and agriculture – a perfect fit for Stratford and the Wright Business Park.”Dan Mathieson, Mayor of Stratford