Key components of the program
Key components of the Chicken Meat Program are increasing productivity and efficiency of production, and delivering safe food and good animal welfare outcomes.
AgriFutures Australia has invested in two new positions – an Extension Officer and a Research Development Officer – to improve the reciprocal flow of information between RD&E and industry.
About the industry
The Australian chicken meat industry is worth $2.87 billion (gross value of production 2018-19), compared to 2.75 billion in 2015-16. The industry has an approximate retail value of around $6.6 billion.
Growth in production and demand for free range chicken meat has been particularly strong over the past five years (approximately 15% of the total market) and this trend is expected to continue.
Chicken meat production in Australia is dominated by a small number of large, vertically integrated, privately owned businesses. Inghams Enterprises (public company) & Baiada Poultry (private) supply 70% of meat chickens. These companies typically contract out the growing of their chickens to independent chicken growers. Approximately 800 contract growers rear about 80% of Australia’s meat chickens.
The industry has a strong presence in rural and regional communities, it accounts for 0.46% of employment across Australia directly employing about 58,000 people (full time equivalent) It accounts for 0.45% of Australian GDP. The chicken meat industry purchases around five per cent of all grain grown in Australia.
The industry has many opportunities to capitalise on chicken meat’s modest environmental footprint and to further reduce its environmental impacts and emissions.
Continuous improvement, including RD&E to optimise flock performance, efficiency and industry productivity, will be required to enable chicken meat to retain its favourable position as the most affordable and popular meat on the domestic market.
Industry Advisory Panel
AgriFutures Australia is committed to working with industry to deliver research and development outcomes. We work in partnership with advisory panels to decide on research priorities and to make investment decisions each year.
The program is funded by statutory levies paid by industry participants. This levy revenue is matched by AgriFutures Australia at up to 0.5% of GVP.
AgriFutures Australia is an essential participant in the Poultry Hub. The Chicken Meat Program also collaborates with other rural research and development corporations.
Research investments are guided by the Chicken Meat R&D Advisory Panel.
AgriFutures Australia’s investments are driven by research development and extension (RD&E) plans that address the needs of industries and stakeholders, and ensure our priorities are industry and government-driven.
Round One has now closed. More details regarding Round Two of the Open Call will be available in due course.
The industry’s current RD&E objectives are clear:
- Increase the productivity and efficiency of chicken meat production
- Deliver safe food and good animal welfare outcomes
- Manage the environment for sustainable development
- Create foundations for the future, including capacity and market insight
- Ensure research adoption via extension and communication.
For more information, download our Chicken Meat Program Five-Year RD&E Plan 2014-2019.
AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat symbols
A suite of symbols have been introduced to the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program to categorise resources and help users identify research themes across the program. Keep an eye out for the symbols on final reports, project summaries and other resources of interest. The themes include:
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