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Leading Research

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Leading Research

To generate focused research, Australian Eggs works with industry to build a clearer understanding of the needs of farmers, identifies research groups with the skills to address the issues, and develops targeted research project ideas that have clear pathways to on-farm adoption.

  • Traceability for the egg industry

    This project is funded by Commonwealth grant funds. The output of this project will be a traceability solution for the industry.

  • Protecting Australia's poultry using genetic restoration

    In this proof of concept study, researchers will attempt to embed genetic material from other poultry species into the layer hen genome. The specific genetic material relates to Avian influenza resistance so there is the potential that it could do the same for the layer hen.

  • Non-invasive technology for gender determination of fertilised chicken eggs

    Using an optical technique, researchers will be working on developing a device that can automatically determine the gender of chicken eggs. If the project is successful, the result will be a desktop device suitable for hatcheries.

  • Automated, real-time monitoring of bird and flock movement and behaviour

    In this proof of concept study, researchers will use artificial intelligence technology to detect certain behaviours in the flock and send an automated alert to staff.

  • Hen ranging behaviour in relation to UV light

    This project is investigating UV light and light intensity and its effects on ranging behaviour of free range hens. This project will determine whether hens prefer or avoid high levels of UV or light intensity, how ranging behaviour is affected, and will better inform shade requirements.

  • Causes of on-farm smothering

    Conducting a comprehensive study of 80 flocks in Victoria and Queensland to identify factors that are associated with smothering events. The results will provide a better understanding of interventions to prevent or minimise smothers.

  • Practical strategies to measure hen welfare

    Using the emerging field of microRNA to identify potential biomarkers of affective states in hens. This project will identify positive and negative markers that can be tested in pooled egg samples.

  • Eggs to improve Choline intake in pregnancy

    Choline is an essential nutrient which research shows is particularly important in pregnancy. In this research, 100 pregnant women will have their Choline levels measured, and then throughout their pregnancy keep track of their daily intake of foods known to be rich in Choline.

  • Effects of egg consumption on vitamin D status

    Recent research has shown that a serve of eggs contains up to 82% of adult daily vitamin D requirements. This research will investigate the role eggs play in preventing vitamin D deficiency.

  • Biotechnology: Black solder fly for soil improvement

    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.

  • Spotty Liver Disease epidemiology

    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.

  • Sustainable worm control

    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.

  • Decontamination project for the Australian poultry industry

    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.

  • Optimising performance, health, flock consistency & egg quality characteristics through management

    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.

Projects you might find interesting

  • Traceability for the egg industry

    This project is funded by Commonwealth grant funds. The output of this project will be a traceability solution for the industry.

  • 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.

  • On-farm Biosecurity Risk Identification Framework for the Australian layer industry

    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.

Want to see what an egg farm looks like? Take this interactive 360 degree tour to see how eggs are produced in Australia.

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