Sustainable Production

Australian Eggs invests in research projects to improve the sustainability of the egg industry.

Our research, development and extension (RD&E) work program focuses on the needs identified and prioritised by the industry and there are rigorous processes in place to ensure each research project is relevant to egg farmers.

Research projects aim to provide solutions for egg farmers and industry stakeholders across all of the supply chain, generally in a 1-5 year delivery timeframe.

Resources and tools developed through the investment process are shared with farmers and other stakeholders with a view to industry adoption.RDE graph from AOP

Current priorities include:

PROJECT PROGRAM KEY FOCUS PURPOSE OUTCOME
Spotty liver autogenous vaccine Spotty liver program Flock health/biosecurity Development of an autogenous vaccine to help manage SLD
  • Report on issues with using autogenous vaccines
  • Estimates of duration of immunity to allow optimal program formulation
  • Improved knowledge of SLD including epidemiology and challenge model
Salmonella epidemiology and intervention strategies Salmonella management program  Food safety To improve understanding of Salmonella risks allowing for more effective management
  • Improved understanding of the possible routes of Salmonella contamination throughout the life of the flock (0-80 weeks) across different production systems
  • Development of Salmonella intervention strategies for on-farm implementation
Hen feed efficiency Nutrition program Research collaboration Improve feed efficiency and egg quality through understanding the individual hen
  • Identification of practical nutrition management strategies that are capable of adoption
  • Extension through workshops and publications

National Primary Industries RD&E Framework

Recognising that RD&E and innovation are key drivers to improving productivity and competitiveness in the agricultural sector, federal and state governments, RDCs, CSIRO, and universities developed a national framework for primary industries.

The framework is intended to strengthen Australia’s research capacity to meet emerging challenges, support collaboration and use resources as effectively as possible.