Most growers still haven’t decided what to do since founder Arlan Galbraith walked away from Pigeon King International two weeks ago. Some however have already hired two Ontario companies that have stepped in to help the farming community deal humanely and efficiently with hundreds of thousands of unwanted pigeons left behind
Pigeon King International
The day after Pigeon King Arlan Galbraith pulled the plug on his business, telling investors that he had been forced to sell his house to pay Goods & Services Tax arrears, his Waterloo home was listed for sale by a local realtor.
Ernie Hardeman a former Ontario agriculture minister and current Progressive Conservative agriculture and food critic is calling for government support for growers caught with an estimated 400,000 pigeons following the collapse of Arlan Galbraith’s Pigeon King International early last week.
A former salesman says Arlan Galbraith, architect of a now-defunct Waterloo based pigeon breeding scheme, had a solid vision. Ken Wagler still sees opportunity with the pigeon business but he’s wary of conspirators who don’t want it to fly
UPDATED Thursday June 26, 2008 11:51 a.m. (Links added)
STRATFORD - With no market for their once lucrative breeding stock, a good number of Ontario’s Pigeon King International breeders are planning to sell offspring into the meat market, says former Embro-based salesman Ken Wagler.
UPDATED Thursday June 26, 2008, 11:54 a.m. (Links added)
Pigs are no more likely to contract circovirus from pigeons than they are from farmers' boots or truck tires, says Ontario agriculture ministry swine disease prevention specialist Tim Blackwell.
UPDATED Thursday June 26, 2008, 11:56 a.m. (Links added)
In order to protect the poultry industry the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs wants pigeons from the now- defunct Pigeon King International destroyed but ministry officials don’t know how many birds there are or where to find them.
UPDATED Thursday June 26, 2008, 11:57 a.m. (Links added)
The State of Maryland wants Pigeon King International Inc. to explain why it should be allowed to continue to do business within the state’s boundaries.
Better Farming’s journalists were declared winners at this year’s Canadian Association of Journalists’ 2007 awards ceremony.
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