How avian coronavirus relates to COVID-19 in humans

To better understand the challenges associated with the COVID-19 disease in humans, poultry health professionals can draw on many years of experience attempting to control avian coronavirus infectious bronchitis virus in poultry. It is important to emphasize the COVID-19 virus is not associated with poultry or poultry products. Coronaviruses are divided into Alpha-, Beta-, Gamma-…

COVID-19 changes the way we operate

THERE have been a few great events in the past month, but also huge changes to the norm. Not surprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we operate at Poultry Hub Australia. We are now working from home and connecting on a regular basis using online platforms. We are still open for business and…

Egg supply steady as demand spikes

AUSTRALIAN egg farmers are reassuring customers there is no need to fear food shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers have limited egg purchases along with other household staples in response to panic buying, but any absence of eggs in stores is purely demand driven and not a reflection of the continuity of supply. To…

Dr Meagan Craven wins 2020 Minister’s Award

DR Meagan Craven has been recognised at this year’s Science and Innovation Awards in Canberra for her trailblazing research that could help shield laying hens from salmonella. Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud announced Dr Craven as the winner of the Minister’s Award for 2020 at the recent ABARES Outlook dinner. “Dr Craven is leading important…

Simple solution to ensure raw egg safety

SALMONELLA is a key cause of foodborne gastroenteritis in Australia and case numbers are increasing, with most outbreaks linked to eggs, poultry meat, pork, dairy and fresh produce. Flinders University researchers have found a simple solution for preventing salmonellosis affecting eggs through surface contamination, giving crucial assistance to Australia’s vast food services industry. Raw eggs…

Tinworth worthy recipient of the Australian Poultry Award 2019

IN 1978, David Tinworth graduated from the NSW Institute of Technology (now UTS) with a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Microbiology and Biochemistry, while working in human pathology at Douglass Laboratories. He completed a Masters of Business Administration at Macquarie University in 1983 and was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Applied Science by RMIT…

Food for thought: teaching our farmers of tomorrow

THE Australian Government is working to ensure our farming future by investing $5 million to bring kids and farms closer together. Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie said kids were increasingly removed from directly experiencing life on the land, which was a barrier to choosing agriculture as a career and allowed myths to perpetuate. “Australian agriculture…

Queensland United Egg Producers new director

Queensland United Egg Producers Pty Ltd held its annual general meeting in late November 2019 and I am pleased to announce Ms Roxanne Manhire was elected as a director of QUEP. Roxanne is one of five siblings of industry-leading egg farmers Roy and the late Ivy Inwood and returned to the family business after 20…