Husbandry and genetic strategies to improve hide quality of ostriches




New and Emerging Animal Industries

Research Organisation

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development acting through the South Australian Research and Development Institute

Objective Summary

To evaluate genetic selection as a tool for improving hide quality through reducing the prevalence of filoplumes and associated pinhole defects. To assess declawing of ostriches as a husbandry strategy to improve hide quality and examine the effects of declawing on walking ability and general behaviour of ostriches. Establish if declawing can be justified as a husbandry practice to prevent its potential abuse. To improve the welfare of farmed ostrichesworker safety and economic returns by declawing ostriches.

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Project Start Date

Saturday, July 1, 2000

Project Completion Date

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Advanced Technology

National Priority

NAP-Provide new and developing animal industries with regular and up-to-date market assessments


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Husbandry and Genetic Strategies to Improving Hide Quality of Ostriches