Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Best Laid Plans for Two Chicken Farms

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Best Laid Plans for Two Chicken Farms

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History of the chicken meat industry...

1950s...

Chicken meat production is an offshoot of egg production

Mostly backyard producers and larger family operations

First scientifically bred meat chicken strain introduced in 1959

Commercial industry born in outer Sydney in 1959

1960s...

Commercial chain processing introduced in 1962; continued rapid expansion of the industry

1970s...

Fast service restaurant stores for chicken established in Australia a KFC opened 75 shops in Australia within 12 months from 1970 to 1971

Production more than doubled as a result of improvements in genetics, refinement of nutrition and broiler chicken husbandry and improvements in processing technologies

Further growth in demand

1980s and 1990s

New breeding strains introduced with changes to importation requirements

Introduction of tunnel ventilation in 1992 enabled further production intensification

Production and consumption continued to grow to meet demand from a growing population in South East Queensland

2000 onwards...

Continuing growth in production and consumption

Competition for land use between community and industry emerge as a major issue a in early 2001, a community interest group called Residents Advocating Broiler Environmental Reform (RABER) was formed in the Beaudesert Shire.

Meat Poultry Task Force was established in August 2001 to foster a sustainable poultry industry in Queensland.

A community interest group called Sustainable Poultry Alliance was formed in late 2004.

In November 2005, the Meat Poultry Task Force ceased operation; since then court judgments increasingly have not favoured the establishment of meat poultry farms

Southern Downs identified in recent years as a prime location for intensive chicken production given land availability and proximity to metro processing and distribution resources

Jeremy Sollars

Editor

WORK on two major meat chicken farms for the Warwick area is expected to get under way by the end of the year.

Plans by the New South Wales-based Carr Farming Trust for a 1.6 million bird operation at Elbow Valley and by the Fessey family for a 700,000 bird farm at Pratten are now awaiting final building and operational works permits and will then be ready to proceed. …

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