What’s so great about chicken?

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?

By |2020-05-23T10:45:27+10:00May 23rd, 2020|Nutrition|0 Comments

Antimicrobial Stewardship – The Industry’s Approach

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 [...]

By |2019-11-20T13:20:11+10:00November 20th, 2019|Animal Health, Animal Welfare|0 Comments

Yes, ‘poultry nutritionist’ is a real job!

.. 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 [...]

By |2019-05-02T09:16:07+10:00May 2nd, 2019|Animal Health, Nutrition, Production|0 Comments

Take a (’Virtual’) Tour of an Australian Chicken Farm

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 [...]

By |2019-02-26T09:16:15+10:00February 26th, 2019|Production|0 Comments

Don’t let your Yuletide joy turn sour.. How to cook the Christmas ‘bird’ safely

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 [...]

By |2018-12-19T10:44:42+10:00December 19th, 2018|Food Safety|0 Comments

Australian Meat Chickens – the Facts

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 [...]

By |2018-11-12T12:31:12+10:00October 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments


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 [1] - then I [...]

By |2018-09-27T10:03:34+10:00September 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments