Production

Chicken’s place on the dinner plate and in the mind of the consumer

It’s safe to say that Australian consumers love their chicken meat – as reported in my last blog (chicken meat eating up its competition) ABARES has forecast that Australians will have consumed a whopping 49 kg of chicken meat per person in 2017-18, making the average Aussie consumer one of the highest consumers of chicken [...]

By | 2018-08-02T16:57:17+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Australian Made, Myths, Nutrition, Production|0 Comments

Biosecurity: ‘5 Minutes with…A Farm Manager’ by Guest Blogger: Phil Pirone

It’s National Agriculture Day! So we thought we’d dedicate this month’s blog to “5 minutes with a farmer”, reported by guest blogger Phil Pirone. What does biosecurity mean for the chicken industry, and what practices are adopted? We talk to Farm Manager, Paul Frank, about biosecurity and the farm he manages north of Adelaide to [...]

By | 2018-05-31T13:43:23+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Animal Health, Production|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+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Animal Welfare, Production|0 Comments

Poultry at the Sydney Royal Show

The Steggles Commercial Meat Chicken Pairs Competition at the Royal Agricultural Society’s Sydney Royal Easter Show just keeps going from strength to strength! Each year, schools from around NSW get the chance to test their understanding of how meat chickens are grown, and just how much needs to be done and how well they need [...]

By | 2018-05-31T13:43:26+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Production, Schools|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 | 2018-05-31T13:43:26+00:00 November 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 May 19th, 2015|Animal Welfare, Production|0 Comments