Determining manure deposition in free range sheds and free range areas
This research sought to establish the proportion of total nutrients that are deposited in the shed and in the range. This project focused on improving environmental management and planning in the free range sector by assisting new farm developments and building the knowledge base around acceptable management practices for range areas.
Resilient plants to entice hens outdoors on free range farms
The aim of this project was to consolidate available agronomic information and provide an up-to-date resource for free range egg farmers on what and how to plant on the range. To complete this project the researcher integrated existing research on the topic, as well as learnings from 5 'case study farms' that the researcher worked with throughout the project.
Effects of phasing out caged farming in Europe
This project investigated egg production in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, where conventional cage systems for laying hens are no longer permitted. The report gives an overview of some of the systems and equipment in use; their set-up and cost, and flock management practices in place.
Free range hen welfare: Characterisation of ‘outdoor’ and ‘indoor’ hens and physical features in the
Egg production, health and egg quality implications addressed through characterisation of the effects of the use of the outdoor range on behaviour and physiology of free-range hens.
R&D PROJECT LIST 2020/21