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Victoria's Broiler Industry

Broiler Chicks
The main areas of chicken meat (broiler) production in Victoria are clustered around Geelong, Bendigo, Melbourne's outer east and the Mornington Peninsula.

In 2014-15, 136 million chickens were processed in Victoria to produce around 238,000 tonnes of chicken meat for the domestic market.

The Victorian chicken meat industry is highly vertically integrated and processing companies generally have investments across the supply chain. This may include breeding farms, feed mills, hatcheries, grow-out/broiler farms and processing plants. Four main vertically integrated processing companies operate in Victoria - Inghams Enterprises, Baiada Poultry Pty Ltd, Hazeldene’s Chickens Pty Ltd and Turi Foods Pty Ltd. There are also several smaller processors in Victoria. Approximately 244 businesses are involved in chicken meat production, including approximately 200 contract growers.

Chicken meat production can occur under a number of production systems, including conventional sheds, free-range and organic. Each system has different requirements in relation to components such as stocking densities and the use of purpose developed feed and medication. The costs of production, and subsequently the retail price of the products offered, also vary between systems. Many farms in Victoria are moving to obtain accreditation under the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme for Meat Chickens in order to meet requirements of the major supermarket chains.

Talking to your neighbours is important when planning a new chicken farm development or expansion.

Broiler farms in Victoria are classified as intensive animal industries and are regulated under the Victorian Code for Broiler Farms 2009. Planning application requirements vary, seek advice from your local Regional Development Victoria office for further information.

Broiler Code Chicken Care
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Chicken meat publications Planning Provisions for Broiler Farms in Victoria
Biosecurity Guidelines for poultry producers Chicken Farming - Planning practice note


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Last Updated: 29 April 2016