AgriFutures Australia welcomes Preliminary Research Proposals including post-graduate scholarships, that address one or more of the strategies within the five RD&E objectives for the industry, and outlined in the Chicken Meat Program Five-Year RD&E plan 2014-19.AgriFutures Australia welcomes Preliminary Research Proposals including post-graduate scholarships, that address one or more of the strategies within the five RD&E objectives for the industry, and outlined in the Chicken Meat Program Five-Year RD&E plan 2014-19.
The broad RD&E objectives are:
- Increase the productivity and efficiency of chicken meat production
- Deliver safe food and good animal welfare outcomes
- Manage the environment for sustainable development
- Create foundations for the future, including capacity and market insight
- Ensure research adoption via extension and communication
Key research focus areas that fit under each of the objectives are outlined below.
Objective 1: Increase the productivity and efficiency of chicken meat
- An investigation into novel replacements for soy, amino acid profile, that are not currently commercially available, which are produced in Australia.
- Strategies for broiler breeder feeding to enhance welfare, performance and gut health.
- Investigation into best practice for extended lay in broiler breeders.
Objective 2: Deliver safe food and good animal welfare outcomes
- Development of national protocols for whole-flock depopulation by carbon dioxide inhalation and water-based foam.
- A project that looks at the development of a confidential industry database for Campylobacter and Salmonella.
- What are the welfare implications of multiple pickups?
- Risk assessment of imported hatching eggs and other new global poultry diseases that need to be surveyed
- How do litter management practices on-farm, impact the control of Campylobacter? What is the impact of reduced pick-up frequency on Campylobacter load if required and what are the barriers to this?
- What are the barriers to closed loop water usage with in the Chicken meat industry?
- Are some serotypes of salmonella dominant over others in the Chicken meat industry?
- A scoping project that compares HI titres to Elisa titres for Newcastle’s disease. Scoping project and development in the context of the national Newcastle disease management plan and performance standards
- Therapeutics for broiler breeders.
Objective 3: Manage the environment for sustainable development
- What are the options to maintain water security for the chicken meat industry across Australian over the next 15 years?
- Evaluation of the efficacy of litter amendments to address chicken health and food safety challenges.
Objective 4: Create foundations for the future, including capacity and market insight
- Comparing the nutritional and environmental benefits of chicken versus plant-based proteins
- Agri-engineering solutions for on farm labour on chicken meat farms.
Objective 5: Ensure research adoption via extension and communication
No research focus areas currently identified under this objective
Proposals should clearly indicate the following:
- Economic evaluation of the intervention or practice change on a cents/kg of chicken basis or other relevant cost analysis
- The objectives and outcomes of the proposed project and the link to the R&D objectives
- The researcher’s understanding of past research in this field.
Projects that involve live bird trials (including field research) must:
- Assess impact on litter quality
- Assess impact on water consumption; extend to 42-49 days of age
- Measure relevant chicken parameters that may include carcass characteristics or welfare
- A review of diets by a commercial poultry nutritionist
- If ethics approval is required, then AgriFutures Australia must be advised of any proposed changes requested by the Ethics Committee
- Exclude the use of maize in diets unless its’ inclusion has been previously discussed with industry.