“The concentrated nature of the competitively placed chicken meat industry facilitates the adoption of research findings, so long as they provide commercial dividends. What is so encouraging for research providers is that the industry has the wit, intelligence and good sense to embrace discoveries and new technology.”

The Hon John Kerin AM
Chair, Poultry CRC Board and former Minister for Primary Industries and Energy 1983–91

Sources and data reporting

This report has been compiled using data sourced from Australian Government Departments and Agencies, internationally recognised organisations, foreign Government Departments and companies within Australia’s chicken meat industry.

All references and information sources are cited at the end of this report in Section 9.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is a research bureau within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. It provides professionally independent, world-class research, analysis and advice to inform decision-makers on current and future policy challenges affecting Australia’s primary industries.
For further information: http://www.abares.gov.au/about

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia’s official statistical organisation. The ABS provides accurate and objective statistics for use by government, industry and the community across the following themes: economy, people, environment and energy, regional and industry.
For further information: http://www.abs.gov.au

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger and acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information and through FAOSTAT provides time-series and cross sectional data relating to food and agriculture for some 200 countries.
For further information: http://www.fao.org

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) develops and implements policies and programs that ensure Australia’s agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable.
For further information: http://www.daff.gov.au

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the US equivalent of Australia’s DAFF and aims to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.
For further information: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome


This report sources data from a number of publications, using the most recent data available at the time of writing. In some areas, this has led to discrepancies between data sources.

In some instances, while the most recent data have been used and are cited, older publications within a series may have been used to add historical depth.

The term ‘poultry’ includes chicken meat as well as meat from other birds, such as turkey and ducks and spent layer hens. As a guide, ACMF estimates that chicken meat currently represents 95.2 per cent of all poultry meat produced and consumed in Australia, and therefore recommends that this factor should be used to convert Australian poultry production and consumption figures to chicken meat production and consumption.

ACMF and industry estimates have been developed through an analysis of published material and figures, and through information provided by companies within the Australian chicken meat industry.

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