About Queensland's poultry industries

Poultry farming continues to grow in Queensland with the industry worth a combined value of $790 million for egg and chicken meat production in 2014-15, up from $685 million in 2013-14.

Queensland's poultry industry consists mainly of egg and chicken meat production. A small number of other poultry production farms, such as duck, emu and gamebird, also operate in Queensland to meet niche market demand.

Egg production

Queensland's egg production industry had a gross value of $202 million in 2014-15.

Egg production occurs predominantly in the Darling Downs region. Other areas of production include:

  • throughout South East Queensland
  • north Queensland
  • Rockhampton
  • Wide Bay Burnett.

Production systems include caged, barn laid, free range and organic.

Chicken meat production

Chicken meat production was valued at $588 million in 2014-15.

The main areas where meat chickens are grown is South East Queensland, the Atherton Tableland and eastern parts of the Darling Downs. Meat chickens that target more specialty markets are also grown in the southern Darling Downs and the Mary Valley.