APSS 2024 Concludes with Record-Breaking Numbers



The Australian Poultry Science Symposium (APSS) 2024 wrapped up its program in February with a resounding success, marking a significant milestone for joint coordinators, Poultry Research Foundation – University of Sydney and WPSA – Australian Branch.

A Chat with Mr John Harvey, AgriFutures Australia



For this issue of Poultry@Sydney, I was delighted to speak with Mr John Harvey, Managing Director of AgriFutures Australia. AgriFutures Australia is one of 15 Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) that service the Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) needs of Australian rural industries.

The Poultry Research Foundation Welcomes Poultry Veterinarian, Dr Jose Quinteros



Jose is focused on modernising the tools used to prevent infectious viral diseases, such as IBV, as the current prophylactic tools have not been updated in more than 30 years. He also aims to establish a poultry infectious diseases surveillance program to keep track of the constant challenges that arise with the emergence of new pathogens or pathogen variants.

Sydney Harbour Panorama

Australian Poultry Science Symposium 2024



The 35th Australian Poultry Science Symposium (APSS) will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sydney Hyde Park, between 19-21 February 2024. The central theme of APSS 2024 will be “Frontier Science – Integrating Nutrition, Gut Health and Welfare”.

Poultry Education Day

“Poultry Education Day” for School Students



On the 10th of November 2023, The University of Sydney held the egg-citing open day once again whereby students across all parts of NSW local and further way were invited into the world of poultry.

Dr Ron MacAlpine

A Chat with Dr Ron MacAlpine



Dr Ron MacAlpine is a highly respected industry leader and a well-known poultry nutritionist in Australia. It was a pleasure to have a chat with Ron recently.

Associate Professor Groves wearing glasses.

Recent Poultry Health Studies by the PRF Team



Karen Gao’s project is the first analytical epidemiological study of Spotty Liver Disease, which is a major disease problem in free range egg layers. Christine Clark’s project looked at the novel strain of Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis that caused major disruption to the layer industry in NSW in 2018-2020 and also spread to Victoria and Queensland.

Photo of Dr Mehdi Toghyani holding a chicken.

Dr Medhi Toghyani



There is the adage – practice makes perfect. In the case of Dr Mehdi Toghyani, it is the perfect combination of commercial nutrition and nutrition science.  Mehdi’s practical knowledge of nutrition is of great value to the Poultry Research Foundation (PRF) as we strive for producing effective solutions for real-life problems of the poultry industry.

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.