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Flock health & disease management

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. Disease outbreaks require rapid identification, diagnosis and response.

Investment in R&D will focus on the investigation of short term, industry transferable solutions to hen disease and biosecurity threats, as well as longer 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.

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