S.J. Ritchie Research Farms

S.J. Ritchie Research Farms is a commercial broiler trial facility in Abbotsford, B.C. We provide veterinarian-monitored Commercial Floor Trials & Commercial Mini-Pen Trials. At S.J. Ritchie Research Farms, we strive to be leaders in Integrated Poultry Health Management, Animal Welfare & Environmental Stewardship.

S.J. Ritchie Research Farms produces a significant amount of its energy through the use through Solar Panels. This solar re-capture facility will generate critical commercial data to determine the ability to efficiently convert solar power into safe, wholesome and reasonably priced poultry meat. Additionally, Rain Water Recapture Technology is currently under evaluation at SJRRF. All barns are fitted with modern heating and ventilation systems.

SJRRF offers both Commercial Floor Trials and Mini-Pen Trials. Variables such as genetics, nutrition, water treatments and feed additives/supplements can be evaluated. More details are outlined below but we encourage you to contact us for more information if you are interested in conducting a trial.

Trial Facility:

S.J. Ritchie Research Farms Ltd.
30325 Canary Court
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

SJRRF Commercial Floor Trials

Description of Facilities, Protocols, and Services Offered:

  • Two floors measuring 40 X 100 feet (housing approximately 5000 broilers/floor)
    • Cross-ventilated, high pressure misting for cooling
  • Two floors measuring 40 X 350 feet (housing approximately 16,000 broilers/floor).
    • Tunnel ventilated, evaporative cooling
  • All floors are equipped with sensors to accurately monitor and measure: body weight, feed intake & utilization, water intake & pH, temperature, humidity, ammonia, and carbon dioxide.
  • Mortalities are recorded daily, with access to further diagnostics for mortality analysis.
  • Flock performance data including percent mortality & culls, feed conversion, live weight shipped, condemnation data, feed conversion, EBI.
  • Further diagnostics & data collection are available upon request (mortality analysis/necropsy, bacteriology, virology, histopathology, clinical pathology, parasitology/fecal sampling/OPGs, serology, WOG, breast meat yield, etc.)

SJRRF Commercial Mini-Pen Trials

Description of Facilities, Protocols, and Services Offered:

  • Twenty-four mini-pens measuring 3X4 ft each (housing 12 broilers each).
  • The mini-pens are placed within a flock of commercial broilers (housing approximately 16,000 broilers), allowing for extremely accurate data collection & evaluation of variables under realistic environmental conditions in commercial broiler barns.
  • Body weight gain, mortality, & feed utilization are monitored & recorded.
  • Further diagnostics & data collection are available upon request (bacteriology, virology, histopathology, clinical pathology, parasitology/fecal sampling/OPGs, serology, WOG, breast meat yield, etc.)

*Trial protocols can be adjusted per sponsor instructions. Data management can be provided by approved third party experts. 

S. J. Ritchie Research Farms Ltd. is a licensed producer of broiler chicken in British Columbia.

  • Safe, Safer, Safest; On-Farm Food Safety Assurance Program (OFFSAP).
  • BC Poultry Biosecurity Program.
  • Animal Care Program.
  • Platinum Brooding®.
  • Canadian Poultry Consultants Ltd. Veterinary Care.
  • CPC Poultry Euthanasia Accredited.
Please contact us at 604-854-6600 or
1-877-449-3447 if you have any questions.