Leading Research: in Biosecurity & Flock Health
Maximising the health and productivity of hens is fundamental to maximising egg production and achieving satisfactory egg quality.
The increasing proportion of free range hens in recent years and the greater variability within free range production systems has the potential to impact the reliability of egg supply and consumer confidence.
Investment in R&D will focus on the investigation of short term, industry transferable solutions to hen disease and biosecurity threats, as well as long term research investigating the development of vaccines and therapeutic medicines to ensure that we are addressing more complex issues. The intended outcome is lower hen mortality rates, less and shorter breaks in production and consequently, increased productivity.
To assist the industry in maintaining strict biosecurity Australian Eggs has produced a range of resources to translate research learnings into helpful on-farm resources. The booklets can be downloaded below, or ordered in printed format from Australian Eggs.
Use this form to order Australian Eggs resources for your farm, such as posters, signs and manuals.
This final report on current rodent control strategies employed by the Australian chicken meat and egg industries also includes a manual for producers on use of rodenticide products.
Australian Eggs is one of 6 contributing RDCs in this collaborative project. Researchers are developing a novel solution, using black soldier flies to convert agricultural waste into high quality fertiliser to improve soil.
Researchers will collect information and cloacal swabs from 30 free range flocks across Australia to find patterns in Spotty Liver Disease infection. This data will improve our understanding of how management factors affect or prevent flock infection of Spotty Liver Disease.
Through surveying producers, collecting faecal samples and examining spent hens, researchers will be able to determine the prevalence and significance of worm infection in free range layer flocks in Australia.
In this jointly funded project, researchers will address knowledge gaps in current decontamination procedures in the broiler and layer industries. Researchers will develop a guideline comprised of everyday decontamination procedures, which will help to manage the risk of disease infecting and spreading within poultry flocks.
In this project, researchers will work with free range farms to understand the management factors which influence common problems in free range systems such as variable peak of lay timing and inconsistent egg size and quality.
Miliary hepatitis can cause mortalities and loss of egg production in chickens.The cause is unknown.This trial attempted to establish a model of the disease, so that preventative and control measures can be undertaken.
The objective of the project was to establish a novel DNA-based typing scheme for Pasteurella multocida.This publication describes the development of the first ever Multi-locus Sequence Typing scheme for this bacteria. .
This study is a follow up to a previous study on chicken anaemia virus and the improvement of a Live Attenuated Vaccine for the virus.
To minimise the spread of disease, chlorination has been identified as the most appropriate and cost effective method for treating surface water in the poultry industry.
Lupins are a type of legume which are an excellent source of protein in animal feed.
Increasing the understanding of the evolution in virulence of Marek's Disease virus in Australia, and to providing up-to-date information to the industry was the objective of this study.
This study follows the University of Melbourne project to sequence the genome of the Mycoplasma gallisepticum disease.This project was undertaken in order to develop a better vaccine against this disease.
This project was undertaken in order to achieve the following goals; to develop a better understanding of the epidemiology of Newcastle disease virus, to determine the cause of virulent outbreaks of the virus, to develop a rapid molecular diagnostic procedures and to develop a better understanding of the mutation rates...
Avian Intestinal Spirochaetosis (AIS) is a condition of layers and broiler breeders resulting from infection of the large intestine with anaerobic intestinal spirochaetes, which can lead to wet litter and reduced egg production.The purpose of this project was to develop improved means to control AIS.
The effect of Newcastle disease vaccination with strain V4 on the course of infections with the Peats Ridge strain of Newcastle disease virus
This study sought to deliver data from experiments on whether vaccination with V4 is effective against NDV, the Peats Ridge strain of the virus, and the serological response to infection with the Peats Ridge strain prior to vaccination. .
This study was designed to evaluate different vaccination protocols for infectious bronchitis virus in laying hens.Age at first vaccination, route of vaccine administration, regular revaccination during lay, and timing of revaccination in relation to an induced moult was investigated.
This project is part of a series of trials to evaluate the efficacy of existing vaccines against a particularly virulent strain of Marek's disease which presented in the early 1990's.
The aim of this research project was to find evidence that supported the hypothesis that 2-3% of mortality in commercial egg industries is caused by cannibalism or oviduct dysfunction.
The project aimed to identify both nutritional and husbandry factors that may contribute to increase cannibalism, and to develop strategies to minimise it.
This study aimed to develop a rapid detection tool for vvIBD strains, and to demonstrate that changes in these strains can be clearly differentiated from overseas strains.
Projects you might find interesting
This report provides a support tool for Australian egg producers to determine biosecurity risks on-farm. As well as assisting Egg producers in understanding what constitutes a risk and why, the report offers potential management strategies to decrease on-farm risks to biosecurity.
Evaluation of the protective effect of various feed additives fed to commercial layers before exposure to the causative agent of Spotty Liver Disease to provide farmers with a tool to reduce its impact.