Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2017 Regional Award Winner

 

Funny Duck Farms, Jasper

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Jen Hart, Aaron Klinck, Samantha Klinck and MPP Grant Crack

Jen Hart, Aaron Klinck, Samantha Klinck and MPP Grant Crack

Here in Ontario, opportunities for grazing livestock are reduced once the snow falls. For most farmers, that means producing plenty of hay to keep animals fed through the winter. Funny Duck Farms decided to take a different approach to feed its chickens, pigs and cows. They invested in several self-contained, well-insulated hydroponic fodder units. Each six-by-four-metre unit produces the same quantity of feed as 50 acres of hayfield and requires just 30 minutes of tending a day, increasing on-farm productivity. Fresh fodder produces healthier animals that grow faster, leading to increased profit margins and allowing customers to enjoy the flavour and quality of grass-fed meat, eggs and milk - year-round.


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