The AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program Beak to Beak recordings bring you the latest research insights that you can listen to on the move. These audio recordings provide an overview of research projects including implications and findings and keep you up to date with the latest program developments.

Beak to Beak audio recordings

Amy Moss, USYD: Whole Grain Feeding

This body of work has investigated a range of whole grain feeding strategies. There are a number of reasons to investigate adding whole grain to a feed diet. In this recording, PhD candidate Amy Moss provides a summary of the projects methodology and outcomes.

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Grant Brown, QDAF: Variable Speed Fans

This project looked at the potential energy saving of using variable speed fans compared to single speed fans in chicken meat sheds. The results from the project will be of interest to both companies and individual growers. You can find the Ventilation Fan Cost Calculation spreadsheet on the Chicken Meat Program page.

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Ashlee Morgan: 2018 Gary Sansom Scholar

2018 Gary Sansom Scholar, Ashlee Morgan says agriculture graduates should take a close look at the poultry industry for great opportunities and well-paid jobs. She says the scholarship will allow her to complete her Honours degree looking at recruitment of young graduates and closing the knowledge gap between older researchers and younger colleagues.

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Claire Nock: AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholar

AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholar Claire Nock is making the most of her AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program sponsored scholarship, having already completed an industry placement and attended major events. She says it has given her a foot in the door and she’s excited about the sustainability of the chicken industry.

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Dr Cheryl McCarthy, USQ

Cameras are keeping an eye chicken movements in Dr Cheryl McCarthy's AgriFutures Australia-supported USQ research. The monitoring technology may pick up health issues more quickly and with less handling than physical inspections. It could be part of the chicken farmer's animal husbandry toolbox within five years.

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Dr Priscilla Gerber, UNE

Could testing broiler shed dust samples show whether vaccines are working? Dr Priscilla Gerber's AgriFutures Australia-supported UNE research may reduce stress for both handlers and chickens. She says if farmers take up the technology it will make an immediate impact on industry practices.

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Gary Miller: AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Advisory Panel Chair

AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program Advisory Panel Chair, Gary Miller spends a lot of time in Asian markets and sees firsthand how Australian research is impacting production worldwide. He says Australia is considered a prestige market due to the industry practices and chicken meat consumed per head. To remain competitive, we must drive down costs of production and implement new technologies such as remote sensing, he says.

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Georgie Townsend: AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program Extension Officer

Georgie Townsend, AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program Extension Officer is passionate about linking farmers with great research outcomes in a timely manner and says the fast pace of the industry makes it exciting work. Extension tools include project summaries, industry summaries, newsletters and podcasts.

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Jojo Jackson: Australian Eggs

Jojo Jackson, Australian Eggs Sustainability Program Manager balances a research, development and extension function that deals with diverse issues including animal welfare, food safety and public health. The environment is also a key focus, as is both human and chicken nutrition which link into the marketing function of Australian chicken meat.

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Kylie Hewson: AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program Development Officer

Kylie Hewson, AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program Development Officer says people are at the centre of her role – whether it’s recruiting undergraduates or succession planning to ensure research continuity. Kylie says the scope and scale of industry makes it attractive and she works to create diversity and innovation in research and development.

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Peta Taylor: Ranging behaviour and welfare of free range chickens

UNE researcher Peta Taylor has completed an AgriFutures Australia-funded project on how free range meat chickens use the range and how it may impact on their welfare. The research found that accessing an outdoor range has positive implications for welfare, but more research is needed to determine if healthier chickens access the range, or if the range affects the health of chickens.

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Tamsyn Crowley: Poultry Hub

Poultry Hub Director, Tamsyn Crowley says consumers not understanding where their food comes from is a broad challenge across agriculture. Her role in delivering education, research and training for the chicken industry extends to consumers as well. She says farmers need to be transparent about farming practices and would love to develop an education farm for the wider public. By seeing they will learn more than listening, she says.

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