Vivien Kite

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Meat Chicken behaviour – what they do and why it’s important

In last month’s blog, I talked about traditional selective breeding, what it means, how it is done, and what its impacts have been in terms of the productivity of modern meat chickens and flow-on benefits for consumers. I hinted that in this month’s blog I would discuss whether and how selective breeding might have changed [...]

By |2018-05-31T13:43:27+10:00October 20th, 2015|Animal Welfare, Production|0 Comments

Selective breeding – why is it important and what does it mean?

Selective breeding – why is it important and what does it mean? In an earlier blog, I described how modern meat chickens have been selectively bred to grow well and put on a lot of muscle (meat), in the context of explaining that these characteristics have been achieved without the use of hormones (hormones not having ever [...]

By |2018-05-31T13:43:27+10:00September 8th, 2015|Myths|0 Comments

Australian Chicken – truly home grown!

Why new Country of Origin labelling? Remember the frozen berry recall in February this year? If so, you may also recall that this incident led to widespread calls for better information to be provided on the label of food products sold in Australia so that consumers could understand where the food had been produced and/or [...]

By |2018-05-31T13:43:27+10:00August 11th, 2015|Australian Made, Myths|0 Comments

Halal Chicken – what does it really mean?

One issue that continues to be raised regularly by consumers surrounds the production and supply of Halal chicken. Questions raised with the ACMF include where can I buy Halal chicken? where can I buy non-Halal chicken? why do chicken producers supply it? why don’t they produce or supply it? and, what does the production of [...]

By |2018-05-31T13:43:27+10:00July 7th, 2015|Myths|0 Comments

Why the expression “Factory Farming” is not particularly helpful

People in the chicken meat industry often face questions and criticism from those concerned about modern farming and animal welfare.  It is sometimes difficult to communicate our thoughts and values effectively simply because of the emotional aspects of the concern. These discussions centre on value judgments and ethical considerations [...]

By |2018-05-31T13:43:28+10:00May 19th, 2015|Animal Welfare, Production|0 Comments

Schools battle it out over chickens

Schools battle it out at Sydney Royal Show Commercial Meat Chicken Pairs competition Just before Easter this year, I was delighted to be able to serve as a steward in the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’s annual commercial meat chicken pairs competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Sponsored by Steggles, this competition pits schools [...]

By |2018-05-31T13:43:28+10:00May 5th, 2015|Production, Schools|0 Comments

Chicken feed – what’s in it?

We’re commonly asked what meat chickens are fed in Australia. Well, chickens are fed diets that are formulated from a broad range of potential feed ingredients (predominantly grains) that are mixed together to meet the precise nutrient profile required by the bird at its different stages of growth. As a result, chicken diets are primarily [...]

By |2018-05-31T13:43:28+10:00April 7th, 2015|Hormones, Myths, Production|0 Comments

Where does your chicken come from?

Have you ever heard it said that children today have no idea where their food comes from? This statement seems to be continually reinforced by research and surveys, both in Australia and overseas, the most recent of which to be reported by the media last year being based on research commissioned by Woolworths (eg: Australian kids [...]

By |2018-05-31T13:43:28+10:00February 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments