Looking at Nutrient Digestibility Beyond the Traditional View

Any gain in nutrient digestibility in animals can result in big gain in feed efficiency. Feed efficiency gain is a big win for sustainability because there will be less extra ending up in the environment and less land used to grow crops. Indeed, a reduction of feed conversion ratio (FCR) by 3 points, ie., from 1.53 down to 1.50 at market weight, would save the Australian chicken meat industry approximately 56,000 tonnes of feed per year, the monetary value of this alone is staggering even for small country like Australia.

Melinda Hashimoto Interview

Melinda is a farmer’s daughter from a small beef property (Brahman cross) in Queensland. Having attended university in Rockhampton with a Bachelor of Education she remained in the area and then travelled to Japan spending 5 years teaching there. Upon return to Australia, she completed an MBA at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba. Former career roles include Adviser to Ministers for Agriculture at Federal and State Levels and QLD Department of Trade and Investment.

Supporting Longevity in Egg Laying Hens

As the global population continues to increase so does the need for food. To assist in meeting this demand egg producers are exploring opportunities to lengthen the egg laying phase of commercial flocks by 20 or more weeks. The aim is for each hen to produce 500 eggs by 100 weeks of age.

Dr Sheridan Alfirevich Interview

Sheridan completed her veterinary degree at Murdoch University and is a member of Avian Health Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Sheridan is completing her Masters in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law at University of Edinburgh. She is currently employed by Inghams as General Manager of Farming.

Oregon to Oz

Christine Clark is one of our newish “Aussies” who is much loved by her colleagues in the feed and poultry industries in Australia. Christine’s PhD journey began with the impossible idea to test different feed ingredients in combination with a live salmonella vaccine program. This is an incredibly challenging program, straddling science, industry and politics.

Dr Mary Wu

Dr Mary Wu Interview

Food security remains on top of the national agenda, but the public is becoming more discerning about the food they consume, thus the challenges for chicken meat production will only become more complex. We recently sent our postgraduate student, Carria Xie, to interview the new CEO of ACMF, Dr Mary Wu for her thoughts.

35th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium

APSS 2024

The Australian Poultry Science Symposium (APSS) is the premier avian science conference in Australia and attracts delegates from all across Australia and around the World. APSS 2024 will be the 35th edition of the symposium, which will again be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel – Sydney Hyde Park. Our organising committee has decided that the event …

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How low can it get?

A million-dollar project to investigate reduced protein diets Australia has set a net zero target for 2050 and agriculture has a significant role to play in helping the nation achieve this it. Poultry production has a very low carbon footprint to start with but there is more the industry can do to reduce emissions even …

Italy to Sydney

Visiting PhD student Claudia Ciarelli Hello, I’m Claudia Ciarelli and I am a visiting PhD Student at the Poultry Research Foundation and School of Life and Environmental Sciences within The University of Sydney. After completing my masters at the University of Perugia, Italy in 2020 (Msc Animal Science), I started my PhD at the University …