In 2018/19, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences estimates that Australians ate their way through 47.4 kg of chicken meat on average each. This is 20.2 kgs more than their next most popular meat (pig meat) and represents over 45% of all meat consumed. Clearly, Australian consumers think it’s a great product, but what is it that makes it so popular?
Are you interested in finding out more about how the chicken many of us eat are produced whilst taking a journey to explore the ‘living world’? If so, a new series of online school resources have been launched, free for use in Australian schools.
Antibiotics are potentially lifesaving medications, so long as they are still able to destroy the bacteria that cause life-threatening illness. When a bacteria becomes resistant to an antibiotic, it means that that antibiotic will no longer kill that bacteria, which limits the number of options available to manage a bacterial infection. This is why the [...]
You do know that chickens don’t have teeth, right? Does the old saying “as rare as hen’s teeth” sound familiar? If so, has it ever crossed your mind how chickens can ‘chew’ and therefore get the most out of their food if they don’t have teeth? After all, chickens are the most efficient converters of feed [...]
.. and not just any job, it’s one of the most important jobs in the chicken meat industry. Meat chickens are fed diets formulated specifically to meet their needs at different stages throughout their life, and it’s the job of the poultry nutritionist to make sure chickens get precisely what they need. As you can [...]
Ever wondered what a meat chicken farm looks like, particularly from the inside? Or wondered about what a chicken farmer does on a daily basis? While it’s not possible or practical to offer everyone the opportunity to physically visit a meat chicken farm - for a start, not everyone is located near to where chicken [...]
In previous blogs we’ve emphasised the importance of adhering to the key food safety principles of ‘Clean, chill, cook, separate’ (see infographic here https://bit.ly/2QCwsfc) in ensuring your chicken handling skills in the kitchen are up to scratch and that your roast chook doesn’t make you crook – but how does this relate to preparing a [...]
In my August blog (Chicken’s place on the dinner plate and in the mind of consumers) I shared the findings of some consumer research that the ACMF conducted earlier this year which clearly showed that many myths and misconceptions persist about the way meat chickens are housed and looked after in Australia. Australians also have [...]
Are Australian meat chickens genetically modified? The answer is no. Modern breeds of chicken are no more genetically modified (GM) than your poodle or labrador. Given consumers' uncertainty around whether chickens raised for meat are genetically modified - 37% of Australians say yes, 44% say they don’t know and only 19% say no  - then I [...]
In last month’s blog, I shared with you some insights on what Australian consumers feel about Aussie chicken. In this month’s blog I’d like to share with you what we found out when, for the first time, we asked Australian kids what they know about chickens, in order to help us address some of the [...]