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Chicken Meat

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Who We Are

The VFF Chicken Meat Group represents and advocates for the majority of contracted Chicken Meat growers in Victoria. Our Growers represent both conventional and free range farming systems. Within the VFF Chicken Meat Group there are specific branches based on the processor the grower is contracted with.

There are three Chicken Meat branches members belong to are: Inghams, Turosi and Hazeldenes.

Each branch has a President and Committee with branch meetings held throughout the year with Growers. Branch Presidents liaise between the processors and the branch members. Branches are a supportive community for Chicken Meat farmers.

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What We Do

The VFF Chicken Meat Group provides members with a united voice to government and a liaison between growers and other organisations. We work closely with different organisations to provide an industry perspective, with the objective of achieving the best outcomes for growers in both free range and conventional farming systems.

Organisations which we work closely with include Victorian Government, FREPA, RSPCA, chicken processors and representatives from other agriculture sectors. Our work with other organisations aims to provide an industry perspective, with the objective of achieving the best outcomes for our farmers.

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Member Benefits

The VFF Chicken Meat Group provides a range of member benefits that extend to all areas of your business.

  • Policy Advocacy – Our members are kept up to date with policies and decisions that affect their farm via email, post and through social media.
  • Workplace Relations – Includes 2 phone calls p/a. Option to purchase additional tailored advice at the service rate of $200 (plus GST) per hour.
  • Member Offers – Enjoy a wide range of discounts on energy, gas, insurance, accommodation and more.
  • RICL – A farmer led initiative which bulk buys gas to provide RICL members gas at a discounted rate.
  • Quality Assurance Accreditation – The VFF offers the ‘Chicken Care’ program which is recognised by the industry and government.
  • Chicken Chat Newsletter – Covers current issues in the industry, what the VFF have been doing and any news sent through from the members.
  • Networking and Events – These events are fantastic for farmers to meet other farmers as well as our sponsors and the team at the VFF.
  • Invitations to Meetings – Invitations to attend VFF branch meetings.
  • Access to Resources – Access to VFF training, policy and resource material.
  • Voting Entitlement – Provides you with 1 Voting Entitlement per nominee. An account can have 2 nominees.

You must be a VFF member to take advantage of our skilled staff, the power of our united grower network and our extensive range of products, deals and services.

How We Work

The Chicken Meat Policy Council is an elected member run Council with Vince Croston the current President. Council is the driving force behind policy development and the direction of the Chicken Meat Group. They meet regularly to discuss matters such as industry policy.

Members belong to one of three Grower branches – Turosi, Inghams or Hazeldenes. The Presidents’ of the Grower branches sit on the Council.

The VFF Chicken Meat group is represented nationally by the Australian Chicken Growers Council (ACGC). We are also affiliated with Free Range Egg and Poultry Australia (FREPA) and the Victorian Chicken Meat Council (VCMC).

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Chicken Care Program

Chicken Care is an Industry Quality Assurance program which includes an emphasis on the welfare of the birds and the adoption of profitable and sustainable farm practices.

Since the program began there has been an 89% reduction in environmental complaints in Victoria related to Chicken Meat farms, which is a fantastic outcome for farmers and their neighbours.

To increase the number of farms which are fully accredited, throughout the industry, the Victorian Government funds Chicken Care.

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Membership Pricing

This membership is ideal for chicken meat producers managing a commercial farming operation. Membership levy is calculated by formula on a per member basis. To join, select from the membership options below and follow the steps to submit a joining enquiry.

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Chicken Meat Membership

LEVY

Provides you with 1 Voting Entitlement per nominee. An account can have 2 nominees. Levy is calculated by formula on a per member basis.

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Chicken Meat Membership + WR

LEVY PLUS $165 YEAR (+GST)

Everything in the Grains Membership plus the Workplace Relations (WR) Handbook.

Become a Chicken Meat member

Join us for a better life and greater future

We are a community of farmers creating a profitable, sustainable and socially responsible agricultural industry connecting with all Victorians. To discuss your needs with a Membership Representative call us now on 1300 882 833.