S.J. Ritchie Research Farms

S.J. Ritchie Research Farms is a commercial broiler trial facility in Abbotsford, BC, Canada. All trials are monitored by Dr. Stewart Ritchie and his team.

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, two floors measuring 40 X 350 feet.
  • Strict biosecurity is adhered to at all times.
  • Identical equipment configuration, controls, and ventilation systems on each floor.
  • All floors are equipped with sensors for on-line and on-site measurements of: body weight, feed and water intake, temperature, humidity. The large barn is also equipped with ammonia, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, water temperature & pH monitoring.
  • PTZ camera access to production floors upon request.
  • On farm mortalities are recorded daily, with access to further diagnostics for mortality analysis. All floors are walked a minimum of twice per day. Flock health carefully monitored by CPC.
  • Shipping reports include final body weights, DOA’s and condemnation reports.
  • Each floor has a dedicated feed bin to allow for feed conversion calculation per floor.
  • Weekly manual body weights can be collected to support the automated in-barns bodyweights.
  • Access to birds for various processing metrics are available (i.e. WOG, EPI, breast meat yield).
  • Source flocks can be identified and with lead time source flocks can be pre-determined/selected.
  • Other metrics available include: oocysts per gram, antimicrobial resistance monitoring, serological profiling and intestinal lesion scoring.
  • Weekly reports throughout the trial can be provided upon request.
  • (Note: Final weights (if applicable to your trial) are performed on the morning of day 35.)

SJRRF Commercial Mni-Pen Trials

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

  • Twenty-four pens (3 X 4 feet), housing 12 birds each. Four pens per block. Pens are placed within a flock of commercial chickens housing approximately 18,000 birds.
  • All requested metrics (body weight gain and feed consumption) are collected using memory equipped standardized scales.
  • Chicks are sourced from a single source flock.
  • Accurate hatchery metrics are available for the source flock (breed, flock age, health program, etc.).
  • Chicks are generally sexed (males selected for trail) and weighed, removing any outliers.
  • (Note: Final weights (if applicable to your trial) are performed on the morning of day 35.)

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.