Animal Welfare

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

Why didn’t the chicken cross the road?

…or the oceans, in the case of chicken meat available to Australian consumers. Consumers often associate the beef and lamb that they buy as having been grown in Australia, but are not so confident about the origin of their chicken meat. Well, good news! Almost all chicken meat available for you to buy in Australia [...]

What’s this?

OK – what do you think this is? And what’s it got to do with chickens? Well, it’s a great but simple piece of technology that is used right across the chicken industry and which has helped to significantly improve the environment and welfare of millions of meat chickens grown in Australia every year….in fact [...]

By |2018-05-31T13:43:25+10:00June 21st, 2016|Animal Welfare, Production|0 Comments

Meat chicken behaviour – how do farmers use it?

Last month, I talked a little bit about meat chicken behaviour – not just what chickens do, but why it’s important. I foreshadowed that in my next blog I’d explain how chicken farmers use chicken behaviour to read and respond to their birds’ needs. So, what behaviours does a chicken farmer use, and how does [...]

By |2018-12-16T23:29:14+10:00November 17th, 2015|Animal Welfare, Production, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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

Farm tours shift perceptions around industry secrecy

So, you may have seen photos of a chicken farm – even driven past one at some point – and seen the large sheds…maybe even a sign at the farm gate advising that there is no entry…that you need to call the farmer first, and you may have thought “but where are the chickens?” and [...]

By |2018-11-22T09:47:59+10:00November 4th, 2014|Animal Welfare, Myths|0 Comments