A newsletter from the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program
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AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program news

We had a fantastic response to the first Beak to Beak newsletter with an impressive 65% open rate – a sign that our stakeholders are engaged and keen to hear about the latest updates from the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program. Since our last newsletter you will have received occasional emails from Extension Officer Georgie Townsend, with articles of interest relating to the chicken meat industry. We look forward to continuing to provide useful industry updates in addition to the regular newsletter, in the meantime please encourage your networks to sign up to receive regular program insights.

Internally there have been some team changes to the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program, Ashley Radburn has finished up and in the interim Michael Beer, AgriFutures Australia General Manager, Research and Innovation will be stepping into the role of Program Manager. We are currently recruiting for a Program Manager and will look forward to introducing a new team member in the near future.  

In other news, the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Advisory Panel met in August to discuss new project ideas collated at a series of industry workshops. The workshops have helped to identify key research needs and prioritise research investment to support the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program RD&E plan. Industry involvement to shape our investment priorities has been warmly welcomed by the Advisory Panel; the ideas offered have been innovative and forward thinking, highlighting a very different approach to what we have seen previously.

These new research ideas form the basis of the revised open call process, signalling the start of a new wave of project opportunities. We look forward to receiving applications that support the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat RD&E objectives.


From the Program Development Officer - Kylie Hewson

Research open calls
There will be three open calls for chicken meat research between September 2018 and April 2019. The first will be 3 September – 10 October 2018 and proposals will be encouraged that address the RD&E objectives below. Any priorities not addressed in the first open call will be priorities for the remaining open calls.

The broad RD&E objectives are:
1. Increase the productivity and efficiency of chicken meat production
2. Deliver safe food and good animal welfare outcomes
3. Manage the environment for sustainable development
4. Create foundations for the future, including capacity and market insight
5. Ensure research adoption via extension and communication

It is strongly advised that researchers contact either the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program Development Officer (Kylie Hewson: kylie.hewson@agrifutures.com.au) or AgriFutures Australia General Manager, Research and Innovation (Michael Beer: michael.beer@agrifutures.com.au) prior to submitting a proposal.

For further information and to submit a proposal, visit the 
AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat open call page.


Project summaries

To ensure our stakeholders are engaged in the research program, we have introduced newly contracted project summaries. These summaries provide an overview of new projects funded through the RD&E program.​​​​​

Beak to Beak audio recordings
Variable Speed Fans: Grant Brown, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (PRJ-010598)
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 AgriFutures Australia website.

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Whole Grain Feeding: Amy Moss, University of Sydney (PRJ-009099)

The whole grain feeding for meat chickens project has wrapped up. 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. Amy Moss, PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, provides a summary of the projects methodology and outcomes.

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