Production

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

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+10:00August 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+10:00November 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+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