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Are worms a problem?

FREE range production has many positive benefits – exposure to internal parasites is not one of them. This month we discuss one of the challenges facing free range layer farming: intestinal worms. To understand them better, we need to know more about them – their lifecycle, their hosts, their impacts and how best to control…

agrifutures

Chicken meat RD&E off to a flying start for 2019

THE AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program is off to a flying start for 2019, with a change in leadership and a host of new projects in the wings to boost the productivity and efficiency of chicken meat production and deliver safe food and good animal welfare outcomes. Key to determining new program investment for 2019 is…

Shedding new light on perplexing production problems

ALONG with the juxtaposition of egg-laying chickens being bred and raised to lay eggs consistently and quickly and meat chickens being bred and raised to lay down meat consistently and quickly, comes welfare issues. Such a negative relationship between egg production and fattening performance in chickens has resulted in specialised strains for egg and meat…