Leading Research: tagged layer hens
Improved understanding of the public health significance of Salmonella serovars and extent of invasiveness and virulence.
Effects of rearing on inappropriate conflict behaviours that predispose feather pecking and subsequent plumage damage, and cannibalism
Cannibalistic pecking reduced thereby improving animal welfare, flock performance and uniformity
Economic constraints and public concerns have compelled the poultry industry to increasingly use a range of cheaper, alternative plant-derived feedstuffs in feed formulations and eliminate the use of animal by-product meals.
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.
Effects of commercial feed enzymes in wheat-based diets on egg and egg shell quality in imported strains of laying hen
At the time of commencement of this project, very little research had been conducted into feeding layer hens and results were not consistent among studies of the benefits of adding commercial feed enzyme preparations to the diets of laying hens.
Due to the prediction that Australia will have to import significant quantities of feed grains which will inevitably lead to higher prices, it is essential that research be undertaken to find alternative feed sources for livestock, especially poultry, to reduce the increased cost of feeds and maintain an internationally competitive...