Chicken meat production in Queensland

Growing meat chickens provides a regular income compared with many agricultural enterprises, but capital investment can be high. However, if you grow under contract with a processor, they will supply the chickens and feed and provide technical support and an established market. Growers supply land, sheds, poultry care and environmental management.

In Queensland, many growers contract with the 2 large national processors, others with local processors and some growers process and market their own chickens. Vertically integrated processing companies are involved in all aspects of the supply chain, including:

  • breeding farms
  • hatcheries
  • feed mills
  • grow-out farms
  • processing plants.

The chicken meat production chain in Queensland

Chicken meat production chain in Queensland

This guide provides an overview of the industry and starting a chicken meat farm in Queensland.