New Zealand is unique in the world in being free of the three major exotic avian diseases – Avian influenza (bird flu), Newcastle Disease and Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD) – which makes it one of the healthiest places to raise chickens.

To help protect protecting our farming stocks – and our native birds – from disease, raw poultry products (or table eggs) cannot be imported into New Zealand. This also allows us to assure consumers that New Zealand’s fresh poultry products are free from growth hormones.

All poultry sold by our members meets the stringent animal welfare and food safety standards that New Zealand consumers have rightly come to expect.

Keeping NZ Free of Avian Diseases

New Zealand is the only country in the world that is free from the major avian diseases. Michael Brooks explains how this is achieved.

Busting the Myths About Poultry

Michael Brooks sets the record straight about myths and misunderstandings around poultry care and welfare in New Zealand.