Chicken industry launches report

YESTERDAY marked the official release of a new report published by the Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF), titled “The Australian Chicken Meat Industry: An Industry in Profile.”

Launched at the Agriculture Roundtable Conference 2011 hosted by the Australian Farm Institute, the Report is

the first of its kind, bringing together the most pertinent data in a single dossier, according to the ACMF.

According to Dr Andreas Dubs, Executive Director of the Australian Chicken Meat Federation, “The Report provides

an up-to-date description of an industry that had its commercial beginnings in the early 1960s and has now grown to be the most important source of meat protein for Australians.

“The facts and figures contained in the report provide the historical backdrop and the outlook that will allow policy makers to give the industry a fair hearing. It is important that this broader context is readily available to all stakeholders to ensure that decisions are not taken in isolation. The Report also provides interesting information for the general public.”

The Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute, Mick Keogh said that that the foundation of all good

policy is a solid information base and a good understanding of the way the sector works.

“This report makes a valuable contribution to this process,” Mr Keogh said.

Unlike many other livestock industries, the chicken meat industry (including the processors) remains almost

exclusively family owned. The Report conservatively estimates that Australian consumers currently spend

approximately $5.6 billion per annum on chicken meat.

Based on the most recent ABS statistics on meat production, the ACMF estimates consumption of chicken meat in 2010-2011 to have reached 43.9kg per person, easily outstripping beef consumption.

A lesser known fact is that the chicken meat industry is one of the largest customers of the Australian grains industry, purchasing over 5 per cent of all grains produced in Australia.

“With global food markets experiencing rapid change, and a heightened sense of importance surrounding food

security, Australians should be reassured to know that the chicken meat industry is well placed to deal with

associated environmental and economic challenges to keep chicken, an Australian staple, on the table,” Dr

Dubs said.

Visit 苏州美甲美睫培训学校chicken.org419论坛/industryprofile to download a free copy of the report.

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