Tools and Training
Australian Eggs develops a range of resources to help egg producers with on-farm operations. Hardcopies of these are free for commercial farmers and items can be ordered by clicking on the image below to download, completing and returning. The same resources are also available electronically on this website for anyone who wants to download them.
Australian Eggs supports farm workers to upskill, improve efficiency and quality, and learn from industry experts in a variety of accredited and non-accredited courses.
Due to the coronavirus shutdown, these training programs are currently taking place via webinar but will move to face-to-face format again when restrictions are lifted.
animal Welfare training
A new program to improve the animal husbandry practices of egg farm workers is running as a series of webinars across 2020.
The first module Managing Bird Health and Welfare can be completed through four webinar sessions over consecutive days, each webinar lasts two hours.
The course will be of interest to people working on commercial egg farms and is suitable for all personnel responsible for managing and handling poultry. It would be beneficial to individuals who work under general supervision, exercise limited autonomy and have some accountability for their own work.
To express interest in enrolling farm workers in the training - please email: [E-Mail via form]
Developed in collaboration with egg producers, training organisations and industry experts, EggStart is an induction program for egg farm employees new to the industry or those needing a refresher. It covers seven topics which can be undertaken separately or combined into a program suited to your needs. Topics covered:
- Working in the egg industry – on farm
- Understanding and participating in WHS processes
- Complying with personal hygiene to maintain food safety
- What poultry health and welfare means
- Following site biosecurity procedures
- Quality assurance for the egg industry
- Participating in workplace communications
Certificate III in Poultry Production
The Certificate III in Poultry Production is our flagship training package that gives workers with approximately 6 months experience a thorough grounding in the technical aspects of egg production. The course is presented by industry experts including veterinarians either as a series of workshops delivered in a central location or as a webinar series. The course is continually updated and includes husbandry demonstrations, farm visits and practical farm projects for participants to apply their learnings back into their business. It covers the whole scope of farm operations from bird health and welfare, feed and input management, environmental sustainability, workplace communication and safety, quality assurance and production management.
Those who participate in the course and show dedication to learning, supporting others in the course and have a passion for industry have the chance to be nominated for the Australian Eggs Student of the Year Award.
Other courses are available, including the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management, Certificate IV in Agriculture (Poultry), Diploma in Agriculture as well as skillsets and short courses designed to suit your needs.
The Australian egg industry has been dealing with sporadic clusters of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) since late-2018. SE is a notifiable disease under state legislation because it causes significant illness in humans and is not considered endemic in commercial poultry in Australia.
This guide for producers covers the best-practice biosecurity and food safety measures that need to be practiced to stop SE coming onto farms. It can be downloaded at this link, or by clicking on the image below.
Vaccination training manual
The manual will help egg farm staff gain the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to become a competent vaccinator. Competent vaccinators are essential for the egg industry, as vaccination is effective only if it is carried out according to the manufacturer’s instructions. To do this you must receive, transport, store, prepare and administer vaccines correctly so that an effective dose is applied to each bird.
Vaccination improves bird health and welfare, and maximises egg production by preventing infectious disease outbreaks. It allows farm managers to prevent, rather than try to cure, disease. This is an essential part of ensuring the viability of individual farms and the egg industry as a whole.
Follow this link to download the manual or open the document folder below.
Egg Quality Manual
The Egg Quality Manual allows farmers to compare the internal and shell quality of their eggs with typical industry data to help make informed production decisions.
It is important that the Australian egg industry has available guidelines on egg shell quality and internal quality that can realistically be achieved in a commercial setting.
The Egg Quality Manual is available at this link and in the document folder below.
Egg farms are particularly well-suited to solar power as peak energy generation in the middle of the day matches peak demand. For this reason, Australian Eggs and All Energy created a solar calculator to help egg farmers assess the feasibility of installing solar power (solar photovoltaic – solar PV) on farm.
The solar calculator is available on this page.
Vaccination Training Manual
This manual will help people gain the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to become a competent vaccinator. Vaccination improves bird health and welfare, and maximises egg production by preventing infectious disease outbreaks.