The Egg Industry Environmental Guidelines were updated in 2018 and can be downloaded by clicking on the image below. The guidelines detail development, design and management options to assist egg producers with environmental sustainability issues.
Australian Eggs develops resources to help egg farmers improve the environmental credentials of their business and ensure community expectations of responsible land management are met.
The resources cover:
- Manure management and storage
- Management of range areas
- On-farm monitoring
- Nutrient budgeting
Resources are available in the document folders below.
Managing range areas for good environmental outcomes is an important aspect of managing a free range farm.
Subjective monitoring is a way of measuring a farm's impact on neighbours and other nearby sensitive land uses.
Composting is a useful way to manage a range of wastes and by-products from egg farming, including layer manure, egg waste and spent hens. The end product can be valuable as a nutrient source and soil amendment for spreading on grazing and cropping land.
Composting can be done using different types of machinery from front-end loaders to self propelled windrow turners. Using specialist equipment greatly improves efficiency when composting large volumes of material.
Manure from poultry layer systems can be a valuable plant nutrient resource for grazing and cropping systems.
Providing a storage area for manure improves management flexibility and allows manure supply to be matched to demand.
Manure sampling is the only way to accurately determine the nutrient and contaminant content of your manure. However, a manure analysis is only an accurate representative if the sample has been collected, handled and analysed correctly.
Layer manure is a highly valuable nutrient source and soil conditioner when spread at suitable rates. Spreading needs to occur at the optimal time to maximise nutrient availability and minimise potential adverse soil impacts like compaction.
Layer manure can be a valuable nutrient resource for pasture and crop production systems. However, it must be managed carefully to realise the most value and to prevent losses of nutrients to the environment where they can cause harm.