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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+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

‘GM…OK’?

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+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What’s going on here?

What are the chickens in this photo doing? And why are they all bunched up together, I hear you ask? Well, chickens are by nature social animals; they live in flocks. In the wild, or in a backyard situation, this flocking behaviour provides individual birds with protection from predators and also allows them to keep [...]

By | 2018-05-31T13:43:24+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|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 [...]

Nerdy chickens? Supporting chicken welfare with science

by guest blogger, Dr Kylie Hewson* The viability of the Australian chicken meat industry depends on the implementation of good welfare practices every day, for every flock, and this has been recognised since the start of the commercial industry back in the 1950s. Not only do farmers have an obligation to protect and respect the [...]

By | 2018-05-31T13:43:24+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Shower On, Shower Off

“What’s this got to do with chickens?” I hear you say. Well, in some parts of the chicken production business, quite a lot! Why? Because it’s one of the many biosecurity measures that may be implemented by industry to protect flocks from infectious disease. What’s biosecurity? From a chicken industry perspective, biosecurity refers to a set of preventative [...]

By | 2018-05-31T13:43:24+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lean chicken’s contribution to the ‘bottom line’

How many times have you heard it reported that Australia is in the grip of an obesity epidemic? Well, to help to address this, this week (13 – 19 February) the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is organising online initiatives and a series of activities around Australia in support of Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (AHWW). [...]

By | 2018-05-31T13:43:24+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nutritional credentials of chicken stack up

With National Nutrition Week (including World Food Day – 16 October) just around the corner (National Nutrition Week 16-22 October), it’s a perfect opportunity to remind readers of the nutritional attributes of chicken. So, what’s so great about chicken? And what role does it have as part of a healthy balanced diet? The most important [...]

By | 2018-05-31T13:43:25+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments