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Industry Facts and Figures

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Notes: These statistics (for chicken meat) are extracted from ABS Catalogue No 7215.0 - "Livestock Products, Australia", and exclude production from the Northern Territory, the ACT (from 1982/83) and Tasmania (after 1986/87).  From 1988/89 statistics for poultry and forecasts have been extracted from the ABARE publications “Agriculture and Resources Quarterly" and "Australian Commodities" (the most recent of which being June 2011 release of "Australian Commodities").  Production figures are from ABS Catalogue No 7215.0 Livestock Products, published quarterly.

ABS figures for 2010/11 published in August 2011 reflected a substantial increase in production.  This reflects an improved collection and analysis of data rather than a sudden actual increase.

Meat Produced is shown in dressed weight of whole birds, pieces and giblets.
Chicken: includes broilers, roasters and fryers.
Other Poultry: includes other fowl (hens, roosters etc.), ducks, drakes and turkeys.

Notes: Forecasts and projections are based on ABS population growth estimates combined with ABARES growth estimates of 2.7% per annum

This change in attitude is due to: 

  • Greater diversity in the range of chicken products available
  • Improved quality and consistency of chicken meat products
  • Improved price competitiveness of chicken compared to other meat
  • Targeted, strongly focused product marketing

Price of Chicken Meat over Time

The above graph provides a long-term record of the retail price of chicken meat covering the period 1970 to 2010.  The statistics from December 1992 to the most recent figures are available in the graph below.  These figures are sourced from ABS Catalogue 6401.0 "Consumer Price Indices" published quarterly and are calculated by applying the Poultry CPI to a base price established in December 2007.

 The true value that represents chicken today is clearly illustrated by the graph below that compares the price in 2010 Dollars.

The above graph provides a long-term record of the retail price of chicken meat in 2010 Dollars covering the period 1970 to 2010.  The statistics from December 1992 to the most recent figures in today's Dollars are available in the graph below.  These figures are sourced from ABS Catalogue 6401.0 "Consumer Price Indices" published quarterly and are calculated by applying the Poultry CPI and the general CPI to a base price established in December 2007.

Chicken meat has continued to get cheaper compared to other meat.

Two factors have driven this change.

  • Increasingly automated poultry plants.
  • Improvements in how efficiently chickens convert feed into meat. These gains are due to improved breeds of chicken more suited to meat production, better nutrition, improved health management and better husbandry strategies
  • No hormones are added to chickens in Australia

The price competitiveness of chicken, increasing product diversity, improved quality, better consistency and targeted marketing, have made chicken one of Australia’s favorite meats.


For information of the geographical distribution across Australia's six States, click here.

For information on the annual per capita consumption of chicken meat in 24 countries, click here.

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