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$8.1-million Turkey Processing Plant In Windsor


By Fadi Didi

The Schlegel family that owns Belwood Poultry is planning to build the facility.

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The Schlegel family that owns Belwood Poultry is planning to build an $8.1-million turkey processing plant.

It will be in the same location as a cold storage facility in Windsor.

The city has given the company a 10-year break on property taxes worth more than $821,000.

There are two Schlegel families, both with substantial turkey quota and nursing homes.

The ones that own Belwood Poultry are based in the London area.

The other Schlegel family, which is Canada's largest turkey-producing business, is based in Kitchener and also owns nursing homes.


Ontario's corn crop has shattered a long-held truth and reminded farmers of the old adage: It ain't over til it's over.

As of late December, Ontario was on track for 180 bushel per acre average corn yield, a stunning development and one that no farmer would've believed in August.

Agriculture agronomist Peter Johnson says that projected yield forecast would shatter the Ontario yield record of 170.6 bu/ac set in 2015.

Johnson says with 85 per cent of the corn crop accounted for, producers were already averaging 185 bu/ac and even if the last of the crop was dismal, it would be virtually impossible for that number to fall below 180 bu/ac.

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