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MMM Eggs barn laid layer farm has consumer appeal

Proten’s WA Serpentine farm – the finished project PIX 2010 offers more than ever for growers and the poultry industry Mangrove Mountain grower trials new Grifco ‘Chook Saver’ system

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MMM Eggs barn laid layer farm has consumer appeal Mick Wayne, his wife Marie and sister-in-law Michele (hence the MMM brand) run a successful barn laid layer farm at Anketell on the southern outskirts of Perth. The farm is RSPCA approved and Mick reckons this creates better recognition from consumers and the requirements of sticking to RSPCA standards are achievable on a properly run farm.

32 FEATURE SToRy Proten’s WA Serpentine farm – the finished project Michele, Marie and Mick Wayne.

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In February 2009, Poultry Digest visited Proten’s new Henderson farm after six of the projected 16 sheds had been completed. Now the whole operation is up and running.

38 FEATURE SToRy Mangrove Mountain growers trials new Grifco ‘Chook Saver’ system Joe Galea, a Baiada contract broiler farmer located at Mangrove Mountain on the Central Coast of NSW, was a logical choice for trialling the new Chamberlain Grifco ‘Chook Saver’ – an effective fail safe system to open sheds when and if power failure occurs.

56 HEALTH FEATURE Role of surfactins from specific Bacillus subtilis strain Dr Rick Carter from Kemin talks about the direct and indirect ways in which anti-microbial compounds used at prophylactic levels exert their beneficial effects on animal health and nutrition.

60 PRATU SPEAK Rapid characterisation of gut microflora in the necrotic enteritis disease model Poultry production and overall health are closely related to gut health, and gut health is strongly dependent on microbial balance. Therefore, the study of gut microflora has become an important area for the poultry research community.

NEWS 4 PIX 2010 offers more than ever for growers and the poultry industry PIX 2010, to be held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach from May 23 to 26 offers growers and all those involved with the Australian and indeed, the New Zealand and Pacific Islands poultry industries, a unique opportunity to acquire information vital to the sustainability and profitability of their operations. 12 Jeff Fairbrother: Honouring an outstanding career Poultry industry and CRC personnel gathered on Sydney Harbour recently to thank one of the industry’s most respected statesmen, Jeff Fairbrother, for his invaluable contribution to the poultry industry over the last 40 years. 44-55 PIX 2010 Trade display An in depth look at some of the people, highlights and new products that will be on display at PIX 2010. 66 Somerville Egg Farm changes to a free range operation Lou and Marie Napolitano have been running their Somerville egg farm for 30 years but with cages that no longer met regulations, they opted for free range.

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NEWS PIX 2010 offers more than ever for growers and the poultry industry By PETER BEDWELL PIX 2010 to be held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach from May 23 to 26 offers growers and all those involved with the Australian and indeed, the New Zealand and Pacific Islands poultry industries, a unique opportunity to acquire information vital to the sustainability and profitability of their operations. The conference sessions cover the specific interests of not only the mainstream meat chicken and layer sectors but also barn and free range egg production. For the first time at PIX 2010 there will be Special Interest Workshops run on both the May 24 and 25 for both Cobb and Ross (Arbour-Acres) growers. Other workshops include Breeder Workshop,Post-Mortem Workshop, and Hatchery Management Workshop. For many potential visitors to PIX 2010, the focal point of their trip will be the trade exhibition that runs from 1.00 p.m. on Sunday May 23 to 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday May 25. For the 2010 event the PIX Trade Display will consist of at least 61 exhibitors including an increasing number of participants from overseas. First timers to PIX include Potters Poultry UK (Australian Agent Dunogan Farm Technology), Shanghai Val Livestock Equipment (China) Marel/Stork Poultry (Iceland), Smithway Inc (USA) and Bayle Poultry (France). Not to be missed either are the Tunnel Ventilation Workshops presented by Mike Czarick & Brian Fairchild (University of Georgia). For the PIX 2010 event there will be for the first time an Egg Farmers Tunnel Ventilation Workshop from 2-4 p.m. May 25 (Managing tunnel ventilated and cross flow housing for rearing pullets and layers), and on Wednesday May 26, from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. a Tunnel Ventilation Workshop (Getting the best of current housing). “Though the Tunnel Ventilation Workshop on May 26 will be of primary interest to broiler growers, free range and barn laid layer farmers and cage farmers will benefit from this session,” according to PIX 2010 organiser Geof Runge. It is essential that visitors register to attend these tunnel ventilation workshops.


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For more information on what promises to be a great PIX 2010 go to Program highlights After the PIX Opening and welcome by Geof Runge at 8.45 a.m. on Monday 24, Gary Sansom (Qld Farmers Federation) will give a paper on ‘Emission Policy Pre Kyoto 2012’ followed by Dan Galligan (Qld Farmers Federation) with ‘Climate Change in Queensland’s Intensive Agricultural Production Systems’ and then a paper on ‘Climate Science – Some regional implcations.’ The morning Concurrent Sessions from 11.a.m to 12.30 p.m. include for the Egg Industry Session: • ‘Preliminary rescource use and carbon footprint of the egg industry’ by Eugene McGahan/Steve Wiedermann (FSA Consulting). • ‘Egg Industry exposure to carbon regulation’ Steve Wiedermann (FSA Consulting). • ‘Nutrient distribution on free range egg farms’ Steve Wiedermann (FSA Consulting). • ‘Farm by-product’ management in the future’ Andrew Harris, University of Sydney. For the meat chicken industry session: • ‘Energy efficient lighting - What is available and suitable for poultry sheds and for dimming’ Ian Blythe (Vic Farmers Federation) • ‘How I have applied this lighting information on my farm’ Mike Shaw (Chicken Grower) • ‘Poultry houses and ventilation control around the world’ Mike Czarick (Uni of Georgia, USA) And the Special Interest Workshops are: Chicken Growers Workshop • Group A – Cobb Stock Breeder Workshop • Group A Post-Mortem Workshop • Group A Hatchery Management Workshop • Group A The afternoon concurrent sessions from 2.00 – 3.30 p.m. for the egg industry session: Egg industry delegates view PIX trade display

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NEWS v CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 Post-Mortem Workshop •Group B Hatchery Management Workshop * Group B The afternoon Concurrent Sessions from 4.00 to 5.30 p.m. are for the egg industry: • ‘The relevance of modeling in diet formulation today’, Rob Gous (University of KwaZulu-Natal) • ‘The role for enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics in layer diets’, Judy O’Keefe (Ridley Agri-Products) • ‘The pros and cons of feeding mash or pellets to pullets and layers’, Dave Cadogen (Feedworks) • ‘Training programs for layer farm owners, managers and staff ’, Angus Crossan (AECL) For the meat chicken industry: Meat chicken industry delegates view PIX trade display For the barn and free range: At the Trade Display On Tuesday May 25, 2010 7.00-8.30am Poultry Industry Breakfast – Includes Steve Allison, comedian and the presentation of the Noel Milne WPSAQueensland Poultry Industry. The morning Concurrent Session 9.00 10.30am for the egg industy: • ‘Safe Food Production - A national approach’, Barbara Butow (FSANZ) • ‘Truth in labeling – Is it achievable?’ Heather Palmer (AECL) • ‘Are aviary systems suitable for housing alternative production stock in Australia?’ Steve Cadwallader (Big Dutchman) • ‘An Australian experience with an aviary system’, Ryan Peacock (Farm Pride Foods) For the meat chicken industry: • ‘Darkling (black) beetle management strategies in USA’ Brian Fairchild, Uni of Georgia. • ‘Chick care and EMS’, Ian Blyth, VFF Chicken Meat Group. • ‘The potential of foam for mass euthanasia in litter housed birds’, Megan Scott (DPI Victoria). • ‘Composting every day and mass mortalities to effectively destroy pathogens’, Kevin Wilkinson (DPI Victoria). Special Interest workshops are: Chicken Growers Workshop •Group C – Ross Stock Breeder Workshop


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• Group C Post-Mortem Workshop •Group C Hatchery Management Workshop •Group C The Concurrent Session from 11.00 – 12.30pm for the egg industry: • ‘Vaccination - What for and why and risk versus cost’, Chris Morrow (Bioproperties Aust) • ‘The latest on spotty liver disease’, Peter Scott (Scolexia) • ‘Effects of IBV on egg quality and the implications on vaccination and management of layers’, Kapil Chousalker (Charles Sturt University) • ‘Management to reduce cannibalism, feather and vent picking’, Peter Cransberg (Ridley Agriproducts) & Greg Parkinson (Consultant) For the meat chicken industry: • ‘Bird health management - When does it become a welfare issue?’, Andrew Fisher (Uni of Melbourne) • ‘How the industry is addressing food safety and biosecurity in free range chicken meat production’, Margaret MacKenzie (Inghams Enterprises) • ‘What are the alternatives to medications and feed additives?’, Michael Sommerlad (Poultryworks) • ‘Managing pickup procedures to suit free range production’, Andrew Walsh (Inghams Enterprises) Special Interest workshops:

Chicken Growers Workshop •Group D – Cobb Stock Breeder Workshop • Group D Post-Mortem Workshop • Group D Hatchery Management Workshop • Group D The afternoon Plenary Sessions from 2.00 include: • ‘The Nuffield Experience’, Rob Kestel (Chicken grower) • ‘The CRC – the next 7 years’, Lloyd Thomson (Australian Poultry CRC) • ‘Preparing for avian influenza – government and industry working together’, Kathy Gibson (DAFF) • ‘The future direction of animal welfare standards in Australia’, Steve Tate (DPI) Vic, Vivian Kite (RIRDC - Chicken Meat Program), James Kellaway (AECL). Egg Farmers tunnel ventilation workshop from 2.00 p.m. to 4 p.m. is: ‘Managing tunnel ventilated and cross flow housing for rearing pullets and layers’, Mike Czarick and Brian Fairchild (Unviersity of Georgia, USA). On Wednesday May 26, at 8.30 - 12.00 p.m. is the AECL Egg Industry Workshop (production systems and labeling) and the final event is Tunnel Ventilation Workshop, ‘Getting the best out of current housing’, Mike Czarick and Brian Fairchild (University of Georgia).

Australian Egg Corporation Limited: Investing in today’s youth for tomorrow AECL has announced a new initiative to raise the profile of the egg industry and careers. The pilot program, in collaboration with RIRDC and seven other research and development organisations, will support eight undergraduate student to complete their studies in agriculture. The Investing in Youth Undergraduate Studentship Program provides financial and mentoring support to Australian students who are committed to contributing to Australia’s rural sector. One student will be mentored by the egg industry and be provided industry experience though a series of placements. In return the students will become

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NEWS Jeff Fairbrother: Honouring an outstanding career Poultry industry and CRC personnel gathered on Sydney Harbour recently, to thank one of the industry’s most respected statesmen, Jeff Fairbrother, for his invaluable contribution to the poultry industry’s development and success over the last 40 years. Jeff served as the Poultry CRC’s Chair from 2003 until 2010, handing over to The Hon. John Kerin when the CRC embarked on a second term. He was instrumental in getting the industry behind the Poultry CRC in 2002/03, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008 for his services to the poultry industry through research and advisory roles, and the development of regulatory policies on animal health and welfare and food safety standards. I would like to personally thank Jeff for his tremendous support and mentorship over the years,” said Poultry CRC CEO, Mingan Choct. “Without him, the CRC wouldn’t have been the success it has and it was evident from the huge show of respect Jeff received from his peers in Sydney that he is held in very high esteem by everyone in the poultry industry.” Further north in Brisbane, the CRC was asked to represent the poultry industry at the National Meat Industry Training Advisory Council’s (MINTRAC)

The Hon. John Kerin, Dr Jeffory Fairbrother and Professor Mingan Choct in Sydney in March 2010 annual conference. The CRC’s Communication Manager, Chris Day, talked to meat industry delegates about the poultry industry’s much admired approach to vocational education and training, which has been driven to fruition by Julie Roberts, the previous

Education Coordinator. Chris said he believed his talk was well received and he looks forward to working with other meat industry members as the new CRC helps open up more opportunities for those working in the poultry industry.

Leading animal scientist and food production specialist awarded Alltech Medal of Excellence Alltech, a global leader in animal health and nutrition, has announced that Professor Jim Pettigrew will be the recipient of the 2010 Medal of Excellence to be presented at Alltech’s 26th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium taking place in Lexington, Kentucky, USA from the May 16 to 19, 2009. Professor Pettigrew will be honored for his revolutionary research in the area of food production and his work to address the challenges of feeding an increasing global population. “Having travelled extensively, Professor Jim Pettigrew has first hand experience of the challenges that face our world as we


struggle to provide safe food for a growing population,” said Alltech President, Dr Pearse Lyons. “Professor Pettigrew has produced pioneering solutions looking at how the food producing industry can reduce its dependence on grains, corn and soya diets and instead utilize fibrous materials as a viable diet for protein production,” said Dr Lyons. Professor Jim Pettigrew will also take part in the Symposium Plenary Session at the Symposium, where he will set out five main objectives for the feed and food production industry in order to meet growing global demands.

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NEWS Nuffield scholarship could be a life-changing opportunity Primary producers with a passion for the future of their industry are urged to apply for a prestigious Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship to investigate an issue they believe is crucial to improving agricultural performance and profitability. Applications are now open for scholarships in 2011 and will close on 30 June, 2010. Winners will be announced in October 2010. Scholarships are for primary producers aged 28 to 40 years, although applications outside this range may be considered. Each scholarship is valued at $28,000, sponsored by major agribusiness and industry groups across Australia. All scholars take part in a six week Global Focus Program, with up to 10 weeks of individual travel to investigate a topic of their choice. Scholars who have previously won, say

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dairy farmers, apiarists, orchardists, horticulturalists and vignerons. Study topics have varied from the basics of production such as soil, water, crop varieties, weeds and disease to production systems, new technologies, natural resource management, biofuels, carbon trading, supply systems, marketing and public relations. Scholars are selected for their farming and leadership capabilities, and potential to make a valuable contribution to the future of Australian agriculture. They join a growing international network of scholars, which has more than 200 members in Australia and 1300 members worldwide. Application forms are available from Nuffield Australia on 03 5480 0755, via email,, or the website,

Southeast Asian customers will benefit from local Roxell presence As of May 2010, Roxell will be serving and suppling its customers and distributors in the Asia-Pacific region directly from a newly established facility in Malaysia. The new Roxell branch is situated in Shah Alam in the state of Selangor. The location was strategically chosen. It is in the proximity of Port Klang at the west coast and also offers direct access to the main roads on the north-south and the east-west axes of the peninsula as well as to the major railway and airport connections. The Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, is about 25 km away. “Our regional presence offers tremendous advantages for fast supply and service to our customers in a vast territory of Southeast Asia,” said Gino Van Landuyt, Managing Director of Roxell. “In practice, the facility overcomes problems with time zones and will allow a faster processing of queries, orders and deliveries. “Our customers will continue to receive the same high quality Roxell products from the factory in Belgium together with the excellent service they have always enjoyed,” Mr Van Landuyt said. In the first stage, Roxell will concen-


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trate on locally providing their complete broiler system concept including FlexAuger transport systems and feed storage bins. The range of product offerings will gradually extend to the full Roxell product line. By the end of this year, a local assembly unit is expected to be operational to enhance Roxell’s flexibility even further. The premises covers 2500 m2, including 1800m2 of warehouse and 700m2 of offices and a showroom display-

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NEWS Alltech moves from strength to strength in Asia-Pacific region Global animal health and nutrition company Alltech, has announced progressive changes to the management structure of its Australian office, to better meet the demands of today’s dynamic industry. Kim Turnley, who started the Alltech Australia business more than 13 years ago, has been appointed to the newly created position of Regional Manager – Projects. This role will mean he will be working directly alongside Steve Bourne, Vice President Alltech Asia-Pacific. This development will allow Mr Turnley to focus on developing regional ideas and seeing them through to the implementation phase. Commenting on the new appointment, Mr Bourne said, “It is with a great degree of delight and pride that I ask Kim to step-up to assist me in the Asia-Pacific regional role, taking charge and ownership of a number of key ideas in the region and driving these forward. Mr Turnley’s new role has opened the door for a new Business General Manager for Alltech Australia, and this appointment has been awarded to Adam Naylor. “Adam has been with Alltech Australia for more than ten years so this is a natural progression for someone of his experience. “I congratulate Adam on his appointment as Business General Manager for Alltech Australia, as he helps to drive the

Kim Turnley (left) and Adam Naylor (right). growth of our company forward,” Mr Bourne said. Based in Queensland, Adam Naylor will manage the expanding sales team, marketing and technical teams in the country. “Alltech’s mission is to improve animal health and performance by providing the tools to improve the nutritional value of animal feed, animal health and nutrition,” Mr Bourne said. “Since it was founded 30 years ago, the

company has developed a strong regional presence throughout the world with over 2,000 employees in 120 countries.” Alltech is proud sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to be held in Lexington, Kentucky, September 25 – October 10, 2010. You can visit the official site of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at for complete information about the event or to purchase tickets.

Pulling out all stops to keep up with kids’ passion for poultry Requests for the Poultry CRC’s Teachers’ Resource Kit have been coming in so thick and fast that the CRC has had a hard time keeping up with orders, according to Communications Manager Chris Day. Even the publishers of some of the books included in the kit are struggling to keep up with demand. With the resurgence of poultry keeping making news around the country, it’s hardly surprising that students and teachers are using Poultry Hub more often and coming across the kit when they do. The Teachers’ Resource Kit is packed with tools and resources developed by the CRC, the Australian Egg Corporation and Australian Chicken Meat Federation, along with a number of other publications chosen for their relevance to Australian

conditions and user-friendly content. CRC staff are busy collating all the materials for the kit, and hope to send out the next batch of kits soon. Resources on Poultry Hub designed to supplement the kit are under development, including the new poultry breeds section which is progressing well thanks to the support of Australia’s numerous poultry clubs and their dedicated members. The CRC is also continuing to work with teachers and education experts to expand the range of classroom activities that teachers and students can access from the kit and Poultry Hub. For more information about the Teachers’ Resource Kit, go to the schools page in Poultry Hub’s Education and training section.

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ick Wayne, his wife Marie and sister-in-law Michele (hence the MMM brand) run a successful barn laid layer farm at Anketell on the southern outskirts of Perth. The farm is RSPCA approved and Mick reckons this creates better recognition from consumers and the requirements of sticking to RSPCA standards are achievable

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on a properly run farm. The farm was acquired back in 1992 and was set up as a then conventional four shed cage layer operation. Today MMM runs four layer sheds and one rearing shed each with five to six thousand bird capacity – there are three batches of hens a year. The sheds are conventional curtain sided with stepped foam insulated rooves. The farm is less than 10k inland and benefits from good sea breezes. New curtains are still manually operated on two of the sheds but automated with electric winch on the other two. Mick said that it is important to lower the curtains on the eastern facing walls as the sun rises. Apart from that, the sheds rely on six fans foggers, the sea breezes and tree cover to keep the farm cool in warmer weather. Mick ran the farm as a cage layer operation for a while but as new regulations for cage systems emerged he considered alternatives. At first he thought about free range but felt that there were too many problems

with that idea and settled for his current barn laid set up. Genetics are Hy-Line and Mick is happy with this choice, stating that the birds do well in his barn laid set up and produce plenty of larger grade eggs which appeal to his customers. The birds have undergone laser beak trimming as day olds at Hy-Line. At the same time the hens are vaccinated for EDS and administered killed virus NDV. Running and maintaining an approved barn laid system is labour intensive, Mick admits, and the farm has eight dedicated staff who work at MMM to keep up the standards that satisfy both consumer safety and hen welfare that is essential to their valued RSPCA certification. One particular staff member, Julie, has developed ‘eagle eyes’, Mick said and her skills have helped to reduce floor eggs to less than 1%. This is a vital statistic for consumer safety. “If there are any doubts about any aspects of layer production those eggs will not be sold in the boxed market,” Mick said. w

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Key to the barn laid shed equipment is the plastic slatted flooring with steel perches that assist hens to easily reach the communal nesting boxes. “Keeping litter in good condition and free from water leaks is a critical aspect of shed management, “Mick points out. One third of the floor area is left for hens to dust bath and roam. The nest boxes were supplied by Dutch company Van Gent International and Mick went direct to the company. Even though he recognised that his order was small, a representitive came out from Holland to set up the first shed fitted with these nest boxes and Mick has been very pleased with the result. “Feeders in 3 of the layer are new double row VDL chain systems which offer more available feeding space per hen, and in conjunction with the Plasson bell drinkers negate the use of training wires which are not ideal for our type of hen housing. In the fourth shed there are flood pan feeders and nipple drinkers which will be modified in due course,” Mick explained. Water quality can be a problem and recently Mick discovered Selko PH at local distributor Biojohn. “At the moment we are using Selko PH to flush out the drinker lines at regular intervals but in the future we are considering replacing chlorine water treatment with Selko,” he said. Feed is prepared and delivered from the WA Poultry Farmers Co-op and this arrangement works well for MMM. Of the total production, around half go the Golden Egg Farms and the balance are sold through family based retail operations and at Waneroo Markets. The recently acquired delivery truck and its driver Leanne are kept busy as the MMM Eggs brand gains recognition in the Perth area. Apart from his farm Mick’s other passion is his sprint car, a 500 plus horsepower item that takes his mind of the challenges of layer farming. The MMM partnership is pleased that it opted for an RSPCA approved barn laid system, and apart from the commercial advantages Mick reckons that working with the RSPCA helps him and the staff at MMM run a better farm. “We get regular audit visits from the RSPCA that involve general shed checks that include drinkers, feeders, ventilation and most aspects of production. “Mortality levels are always one of their key concerns,” he stated. The key to running a successful layer farm, Mick believes, is to be ever vigilant and constantly monitor the birds and all the systems that they depend upon for their well being and productivity. He also emphasised the support of his partners in the business, Marie and Michele and his staff. “We all work well together to keep the show on the road,” he said.


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At a time when consumers are favouring hen welfare friendly systems, ‘barn laid’ seems to be an ideal compromise between caged layers and free range systems. From a growers point of view, a barn laid operation has the obvious advantage of being able to make good use of old cage layer or broiler sheds. w

Top: The ute may be getting on but makes an excellent egg transfer vehicle. Centre. Anticlockwise – Mick, Marie, Michele, Missy, Antoinetta, Gabriella and Julie. Above: Driver Leanne about to ‘get cracking’ in the refurbished MMM Eggs ex-post office truck.

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Free range systems require larger sites and the creation of secure areas outside the sheds. The capital cost of refurbishing older sheds for ‘barn laid’ would obviously be less than new caged layer systems but then production would be lower and barn laid systems seem to be quite labour intensive. Also there is probably some confusion amongst consumers as to the difference between caged, barn laid and free range systems and that’s where accreditation schemes like those offered by the RSPCA help clarify any doubt. Properly run, as the MMM Eggs farm obviously is, a barn laid operation can be a commercially viable option for dedicated farmers prepared to put in the effort.

Above: Rearing shed showing bell drinkers. Left: Automated curtains on two of the sheds.

Hope Bertram, Marketing Manager, humane food at the RSPCA sent Poultry Digest her organisation’s guidelines for their ‘Barn Laid’ accredited approval scheme. Following are some of the key requirements and standards. • The principal consideration in planning the layout of the equipment in the shed must be accessibility and ease of use by the hens, particularly in terms of the feeding, drinking and nesting space. Difficulties in access or use will lead to restrictions in feed and water, causing loss of production, and difficulties in using nest space will result in a lowered percentage of laid eggs being harvested. Important aspects to consider for all buildings are: – Are the equipment and hens spaced evenly throughout the shed? – Is the equipment adjustable to meet the needs of the hens? – Does the shed design allow easy observation of all hens?


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• There must be contingencies in place in the event of mechanical failure (i.e. temperature and ventilation controls), extreme temperatures, break down (feeding equipment), fire or delays in delivery of farm inputs. Contingencies should ensure that shed conditions can be managed and feed and water can be provided to hens at all times. • Daily records of indoor temperature and humidity must be kept at all times. • Shed temperatures should meet recommended targets for hens at all stages of production. Where extremes of temperature and humidity cause deviation from targets, action must be taken as far as practicable to minimise impact on birds. Litter • Where hens are housed without access to an outdoor range area, litter of an appropriate material (e.g. rice hulls or wood shavings) must be provided to a minimum average depth of 100mm, to allow hens to dust bathe and forage. • Provision of litter must allow at least 35% of the flock to forage or dust bathe

at any one time or cover at least one-third of the usable area of the shed. • Litter must be of good quality and maintained in a dry and friable condition (i.e. not caked). • Consideration must be given to the management of temperature, ventilation and humidity and consequent effects on litter condition. In particular: – Wet areas around the drinkers should not normally exceed 500mm radius. Some exceptions may occur in very hot weather, when misters/foggers are operating and there is a notable compromise for good management to ensure appropriate ventilation and temperature of the hens to avoid heat stress. – When using foggers, because of the recognised compromise between reducing heat load and maintaining dry litter, careful monitoring of ventilation should occur. – Feathers of hens should appear clean and dry. – Litter management should ensure that dust levels do not cause harm to hens. • Litter must be replaced as required to w

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enable hens to carry out foraging and dust bathing activities. • Where litter is tested for residues, test results must be made available if requested. Ventilation • Natural, automated or mechanical ventilation systems must be operational and effective to provide adequate air exchange for the age and number of hens. If ammonia exceeds 15ppm, corrective action must be taken (ammonia can normally be smelled at 10-15ppm by humans). Lighting • The lighting system in the shed must provide a minimum period of 8 hours artificial lighting per day (unless hens have access to daylight) and a minimum period of 8 hours continuous darkness in every 24-hour period.

positioned to minimise fouling of any hens below. • Where linear perches are not provided: – There must be sufficient perching space in the form of slatted or wiremesh raised floors. – The raised floor must cover at least 65% of the shed and allow at least 450cm per bird. – The gaps between the slats must not exceed 25mm. – The design and size of the floor should be such that it provides adequate support for the hens and minimises the risk of damage to hens’ feet or entrapment of hens.

• Manure build-up must not protrude through the floor. Nest boxes • Hens must be provided with sufficient nest boxes for all hens to be able to lay their eggs in a nest. There must be a minimum of one single nest for every seven hens or 1m nest boxes for every 120 hens. Nest boxes must be positioned away from the flock and be designed to encourage nesting behaviour. • Nest boxes must be kept clean and operational. Nesting material needs to be regularly changed unless the system is automatic with self cleaning or is accompanied with voids for faeces to fall through.


Perching areas • The provision of perching areas is required to ensure that hens can roost (perch above ground level) as necessary. Perches can be provided as linear perches or as slatted plastic or wire-mesh raised floors. • Where linear perches are provided these must: – Be constructed of non-slip material. – Allow at least 15cm space per bird, with at least 30cm between the perches. – Have a top surface of approximately 4cm width. – Be at least 0.5m from the ground and

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n February 2009, Poultry Digest visited Proten’s new Henderson farm, located in Serpentine WA, after six of the projected 16 sheds had been completed. The estimated $16 million project was completed on schedule in June 2009 and in total eight batches have been raised since


the first sheds received bird placements. Originally the farm grew birds for Bartter Steggles but with the Baiada takeover of Bartters, the new Proten sheds now supply Baiada. Each of the 160m x 17m concrete floored sheds has a capacity for 58,500 birds with a total farm population of just under 940,000. All the sheds were built by Ron Sanday, to a long established R&DG Sanday tunnel shed design with input from Proten itself, an organisation that has amassed considerable experience in running broiler tunnel sheds in both New Zealnd and more recently, Australia. Major equipment suppliers for the first eight sheds completed were AAS, and for the final eight sheds OEC. Barry Elworthy of OEC headed up a seven man installation team and Vin Ryan’s Metrowest Automation & Control supplied circuit boards for all 16 sheds. Controllers for all sheds are OEC supplied Rotem units, and OEC supplied

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all sheds with PTN light covers, Euro mini vents with rod winching systems, OEC Silver 800-1 mini vent winches, and the OEC-developed tunnel flap belt closing system. The last eight sheds to be completed are equipped with an OEC supplied double crossover auger system, OEC Ezy Pan feeding systems and ‘Lubing’ style drinkers. According to Site Manager Matthew Bryant, the sheds have performed well, especially in summer when high temperatures were experienced. “The farm ran in the top quarter of performance during summer batches,” he said. “We did experience some challenges with wet litter during the wetter and colder than usual winter months, when we faced high levels of humidity as well as a lot of rain. “In the coming winter period we will modify both heating and ventilation strategies and employ simple but proven initiatives like fitting fan covers. w

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“In simple terms, we will ventilate to achieve optimum litter conditions and the birds will come along with the better litter conditions,” Matthew explained. More recently, the back up generation system got a work out as a result of the ‘brown out’ that followed fierce storms and hail in WA during early March. Proten’s new 16 shed Henderson farm has demonstrated that large farms, correctly managed, can deliver results that match smaller family operated broiler farms. It is worth pointing out that in effect the Henderson farm and indeed others in the Proten group are in fact family run. Proten may be a corporate style enterprise but it is run with the expertise of the Bryant family and employees like the new Henderson Farm Manager Grant Te-Kiri who has spent most, if not all of his working life, on farms run by the Bryants. After two years of chicken farming with Proten, Matthew Bryant is taking a break and moving with his family to NSW. Grant Te-Kiri who takes over from Matt, has in Australia, managed a farm at the Proten operated Griffith broiler operation and more recently a farm at its Tamworth broiler operation. He has accumulated more than 10 years experience in the industry. If the latest predicted Australian population numbers are correct, there will be a real need for larger farms like the Proten operation at Serpentine. During the working life of the new sheds the population of Perth will probably double creating a lot more demand for chicken in WA.




1. Final eight sheds completed at Henderson, built by R & DG Sanday. 2. Matt Bryant sets Rotem shed controllers. 3. OEC supplied Roxell cross auger feed system. 4. 16 shed Henderson complex completed in June 2009. 5. Euro mini vents with rod winching systems. 6. OEC supplied cross ventilation Euro fans. 7. OEC developed tunnel flap belt closing system.




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oe Galea, a Baiada contract broiler farmer located at Mangrove Mountain on the Central Coast of NSW, is well known in the industry, not only as an excellent and dedicated grower, but also an innovator always keen to look at new and better ways to run his farm. With an established track record, Joe was a logical choice for trialling the new Chamberlain Grifco ‘Chook Saver’ – an effective fail safe system to open sheds when and if power failure occurs. Poultry Digest visited Joe Galea’s farm with Adrian Nix of Grifco to see the

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Top: Joe with Rotem Platinum controller. Centre: Gabriel Galea in the farm office showing OEC back to base alarm system. Above: Grifco power failure monitor that activates Chook Saver unit.

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addition to the freight advantages. The Super Yellow tray is stronger than the standard 30 pocket tray, thus allowing the potential for egg tray re-use, and being coloured, also allows for differentiation and effective egg stock control and rotation on the farm. Huhtamaki has been a signatory of the National Packaging Covenant since June 2000 and a financial contributor to the Kerbside Transitional Fund. As a signatory and one of the leading packaging companies in Australia, the company supports the principles of The Covenant and actively promote its aims and objectives.

Huhtamaki Australia Pty Ltd, Food Packaging Division, Preston, is a Quality Accredited Company, LRQA Ltd. Certificate No. MEQ 0941517, expiring April 2012, conforming to the requirements of AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 for the Management of design, manufacture and stockholding of pulp moulded fibre packaging products. For more information please see Bruce Pollard, Oceania Sales Manager, at the Huhtamaki stand at PIX.

High egg count accuracy with innovative camera technology Finally, unreliable egg counters are a thing of the past. At PIX Poultry Information Exchange 2010 Big Dutchman will present a state-of-the-art camera technology which takes a picture of every egg in the barn – and thus achieves a high counting accuracy. Another unique feature is that it registers both the egg weight and egg quality. And the big news is that he EggCam is now also available with wider scan areas. This means that the Big Dutchman innovation can also be used in aviary houses. This completely new egg counting system comprises an image processing technology integrated in a sensor. “This way the eggs are continuously registered and accurately counted,” explained Product Manager Christian Kalkhoff. “Furthermore, the innovative system checks the eggs for dirt on the surface already in the barn and, at the same time, measures the eggs and assigns them to different weight categories. “In the event of deviations from the target value suitable correction measures can be taken quickly. “Identification of soiled eggs and eggs with shell defects can be used both to identify problem zones in individual housing compartments and for preliminary grading of eggs,” he said. Thanks to an integrated illumination feature – invisible to the human eye – EggCam is able to work in the dark. A special highlight is the automatic maintenance feature. EggCam monitors the transport track and also itself and immediately notifies the management system in High egg count with EggCam – now case of trouble by transmitting a copy of the respective picture. also in aviary houses! For more information go to the Big Dutchman stand at PIX.

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PIX PREVIEW TRADE DISPLAy Additions to Munters’ fan range at PIX 2010 Munters has introduced its Aerotech WF54 Galvanised fan which complements the WF 50 Galvanized Fan. The WF54 Galvanised Fan range offers a greater CFM capacity from 28900 CFM to 32500CFM. The WF 50 range offers 1 & 1.5 HP motors whereas the WF54 range includes 1, 1.5 and 2 HP options. According to Munters, the WF 50 and WF 54 fans are constructed from high quality components and precise engineering to create a simple, high quality fan with optimal performance at a competitive price. The cast aluminium drive assembly utilises an enclosed automotive style bearing and is sold with a seven year limited warranty. “This feature along with the automotive style belt tensioner and heavy duty galvanised steel propeller promotes top performance. “The Mono-Strut design feature offers strength and durability in a simple overall design,” Munters stated. Electric motors in the WF range include single or 3 phase and there is the option of a plastic or aluminium shutter. There is also a new WF54 fan fitted with the Dragonfly Damper, an innovation designed to maximise the fan’s spiral airflow pattern – otherwise key product features of the design are the same as for the WF54 Galvanised Fan. There is also a WF 50 with Dragonfly Damper option. Also on display at PIX 2010 will be Munters EDC18 and EDC 24 Air Blowers. These fans have been developed to break up stratified heat, humidity and stagnant air in poultry sheds. “The smooth air recirculation obtained by using air blowers helps to prevent condensation,” Munters’ product information states. “The unique propeller design is self cleaning, and together with rectifiers are made of a strong galvanised sheet steel. “The 6 blade propeller is statically and dynamically balanced for low noise and vibration. “To improve aerodynamic efficiency, the air blower has been developed in Munter’s R&D lab with construction details and airtightness verified by

personnel of the BESS Lab at the Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Illinois, USA. “Special hooks on the fan housing permit the blower to be easily hung in sheds,” the technical bulletin states. There are three models in the range, the EDC 18 is available as a 6 poles or 4 poles unit with a fan diameter of 450 mm and the EDC 24 model (6 poles) has a fan diameter of 600 mm.

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PIX PREVIEW TRADE DISPLAy OEC back at PIX 2010 with the ‘Chook Shed’ The centre piece of the OEC stand at PIX 2010 will be the company’s fully functioning ‘Chook Shed’ that made its first appearance at the 2008 PIX event “The Chook Shed is a section of a full sized modern tunnel shed fitted with the full OEC equipment range. All that’s missing are the birds,” said OEC Managing Director Martin Simmons. The shed gives visitors to the OEC stand the opportunity to inspect OEC’s products in a working environment AT PIX 2010 OEC is introducing a new feeder pan exclusively for broilers. “We have named it EZYPAN,” said Mr Simmons. “It is so easy to start birds from day one, so easy to get important feed savings and so easy to clean – and probably best of all, the EZYPAN comes with a warranty that’s easy to understand.” Other products on display include Plasson drinkers and the new Rotem Platinum Junior shed controller. “The Rotem Platinum Junior is ideal for the grower seeking a basic and simple but effective controller,” Mr Simmons said. There will be Euro main fans fitted to the ‘Chook Shed’ and operating as well as functioning Euro Mini Vents. Flourescent tube lights and halogen light globes to replace incandescent lamps, will be operating in the shed through dimmable energy control systems. Finally the shed will feature functioning inlet vents over a cool pad area showing different options to suit growers specific requirements. The equipment on display is available now locally from your local OEC distributors in Brisbane, Sydney, Tamworth, Geelong, Hobart, Murray Bridge, and Perth.

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Above: Leanne Simmons with the OEC ‘Chook Shed’ and (left) the new EZYPAN feeder pan.

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PIX PREVIEW TRADE DISPLAy Lienert launches new Salmonella prevention and control biosecurity program for the poultry and layer industry The latest EN 1656 Salmonella studies confirmed that Virkon S achieved excellent results at dilution rates of 1:100 and 1:200 against all of the five most prevalent human health-related strains of Salmonella –S. enteritides, S.typhimurium, S. Virchow, S.infantis and S.hadar, according to Mike Pritchard, Liernert Australia, who will be available at PIX 2010 to provide more information. “Contamination with the five Salmonella strains known to be associated with regular human food poisoning has made it difficult for producers to sell birds and eggs,� Mr Pritchard said. “It has therefore never been more important for producers to reassess, fine tune and implement an effective routine Salmonella biosecurity strategy.� Lienert Austalia has also updated its range of Layer premixes. As a part of their commitment to

quality and technical expertise Lienert Australia regularly reviews technical specifications of premixes to ensure they are kept current in terms of being commercially relevant and in line with any updated breeder recommendations. The Premium Layer Premix has been reviewed against the Hyline, HiSex and ISA Brown specifications and should be used in commercial egg production layer operations. The Economy Layer Premix is suited to non commercial back yard situations. The La Chick Premix is a multipurpose premix that has been formulated for the requirements of replacement chicks and pullets as well as having the ability to be used for broilers, turkeys and other avian species. The key tenet of the Lienert Australia technical charter is to provide technical and nutritional advice that is appropriate for

Above: Mike Pritchard will be on the stand at PIX to discuss Salmonella prevention.

each specific farm situation, based on proven research and scrutinized commercial expertise.

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PIX PREVIEW TRADE DISPLAy International Animal Health’s team at PIX 2010 Key members of the International Animal Health (IAH) management team, including Managing Director Chris Lawlor, Business Development Manager, Jenny Houlihan, (both pictured right) and Sales Manager-feed Additives, John Doyle, will be in attendance on the IAH stand at PIX 2010 “IAH is Australian owned and operated, and commenced operations more than 20 years ago,” said Chris Lawlor. “During that time the company has developed from a regional base to a national business while evolving into a research based, manufacturing and marketing company whose products are sold throughout Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the Middle East,” he said. The company manufactures and markets a range of nutritional and animal health products, traditionally serving the poultry, pig, horse, cattle and some companion animal markets. These products are manufactured at its Huntingwood plant in Western Sydney, which operates under a Licence to Manufacture Veterinary Chemical Products issued by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). The company has more than 50 registered products plus a number of products which are exempt from registration. “The IAH product range has a strong technical base, which is underpinned by a long-standing commitment to ongoing research and development. “The company has a history of undertaking collaborative research and development with Australia’s leading research organisations and universities specialising in the development of several biological control products,” Mr Lawlor explained. “IAH has an extensive range of feed additives which are constantly used with confidence by members of the Stock Feed Manufactures Association to manufacture quality feed. “Our brands include: Protexin, Flaveco, Saleco, Moneco, Keycarbazin and Keystat. “Our probiotic Protexin product line offers livestock industries a safe to use, non toxic and residue free solution for the suppression of E.Coli, Salmonella and Aeromonus spp. “In more than 10 years of use it has proved to be effective in a number of livestock industries including poultry,” Mr Lawlor said. “We are also aware of OH & S issues within the feed and livestock industries,and one of the initiatives IAH developed is the supply of water soluble products in water soluble bags, thus eliminating the need to expose products to air or skin when transferring to a liquid feed or medication component. “The outer pack is opened and then the ‘inner’ bag dropped into warm water and both bag and product dissolve,” Mr Lawlor explained. “IAH are a proud Sponsors of PIX2010 and look forward to meeting visitors to the event at our trade stand,” Mr Lawlor concluded.

FarmMark: Bringing renewable energy to Australia “We aim to bring affordable renewable energy technology to Australia as well as providing a simple, cost effective solution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from farming waste through Biogas, gasification, Tri-generation,” said Luigi Di Clemente, Manager FarmMark Pty Ltd. “We believe that in order for Renewable Energy Plants to be successfully incorporated into farming enterprises they need to be easy to maintain, have low running costs and should provide additional income for the primary producer and/or provide a means to reduce overall farm input costs,” he said. Luigi will be at PIX 2010 on the FarmMark stand and one of

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the products on display will be the ScaleWatcher, a hard water treatment system. The main focus for SKOV equipment will be on new software for the 339 Climate and production computer. The new Farm Online Weblink (FOWL) with live connection to shed computers, fast data overview graphically or tables, detailed alarm logs, user friendly interface. Electronic feed weighing, Co2 sensors, DOL 94 platform weigher for broilers. Also on dispaly for Roxell is the new Boozter Cockerel pan with wide grills for easy access.

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PIX PREVIEW TRADE DISPLAy Bioproperties at PIX 2010

Patarker offering options for free range and layer farms as well as broilers

Australian based Bioproperties will be at The Bigeni boys, Gerry, Michael, and equipment, Space Ray heaters, and of PIX again and Global Technical and Paul will all be at PIX 2010 offering a course Roxell feeders, augers and nesting Marketing Manager Dr Chris Morrow is range of Roxell options for layer farms systems. giving a talk on the economics of vaccinaincluding free range equipment such as Though the Patarker name was tion at the conference. layer feeder pans and nest/perching established back in 1979 it has been just Bioproperties has just got registration systems. 10 years since Pataker and the Bigeni of a new Mareks vaccine SBH (combined Patarker is the distributor for Fancom family took over their current extensive serotype 3 HVT and serotype 2 SB-1) and controllers and ventilation systems, range of broiler, breeder and layer shed Ziggity drinkers, Titan fans, Hired Hand equipment. is looking for producers interested in using this in commercial broiler production. Another potential application of SBH is protecâ€? 010 tion of long lived birds against 2 Mareks keeping Rispens in PIX T A reserve (and giving offering US financial benefits immediately). E “SE Some veterinarians are worried that if Rispens begins to fail with wild Mareks strains becoming more virulent, then we will have no stronger vaccination strategies ready to go. There is some indication that vaccines against Mareks have promoted the evolution of more pathogenic Mareks field strains. Also E3M, a coccidosis vaccine designed for broilers (containing E. acervulina, E. maxima and E. tenella species) has also received registration and this offers broiler growers wanting to grow birds without coccidiostats an option. Organic or chemical free broiler meat production can be undertaken with this product. Application at one day of age. In the USA in intensive broiler farming areas where SALMET has been manufacturing, since 1961, highly performing poultry equipment. The superior quality of coccidiostat resistance is a real the materials used, combined with legendary German precision and craftsmanship, creates a product that problem broiler coccidosis guarantees long lasting and reliable performance with minimum maintenance and low energy requirevaccines have been used in ments. Prior to series production all SALMET products undergo extensive field tests of function, reliability coccidiostat rotation and efficiency. SALMET is a well worldwide known manufacturer of: programs. s 2EARINGCAGESFORDAY OLD s ,AYERBREEDERCAGES The use of a vaccine for chicks and pullets) s "ROILERCAGES one or two cycles per year leads s ,AYINGCAGES s !LTERNATIVENEST SYSTEMS to the restoration of s #OMPOSTINGUNITS s -ANUREDRYINGTUNNELS sensitivity on farms and s #OLONY(OUSING3YSTEMS improvement of proformance. Interpretation of lesion scores 3!,-%40OULTRY%QUIPMENT"6 2IJKSSTRAATWEG$))) ., !"7ASSENAAR in vaccinated flocks is different 0HONE &AX %MAILSALES SALMETDE WWWSALMETCOM from flocks on coccidiostats.


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VIRUGARD Apvma Approval No 60917/5kg/1007

The Supreme Powder Disinfectant: Effective against all known classes of Virus, Bacteria and Fungi. VIRUGARD is effective against all classes of viruses, gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria and fungi. VIRUGARD is safe for the environment, degrading to harmless components at in-use dilutions. VIRUGARD is cost effective with high dilution efficiency and effective in adverse conditions such as hard water, organic soiling and low temperature. VIRUGARD is ideal for all poultry industry applications It is safe for operators livestock and the environment.

PIX PREVIEW Alltech celebrates 30 years of business in 2010 Continuing their commitment to the Australian poultry industry Alltech will be sponsoring this year’s PIX meeting in May. Alltech’s involvement in PIX 2010 will include the return of Aziz Sacranie (Alltech’s Asia Pacific Poultry Director) to facilitate the Breeder Management Workshops. Aziz’s background includes roles as a technical service manager for both Aviagen (Ross) and Cobb. In his current role with Alltech Aziz works with the key broiler companies in the Asia Pacific offering technical support to their breeder, hatchery and broiler operations. The PIX Breeder Management Workshops will be focused on maximising breeder performance and involve setting realistic breeder targets for commercial operations. These sessions will also help to identify solutions to some of the current challenges the local industry is facing with managing their breeder flocks. Alltech will also showcase its new benchmarking tool: Alltech Poultry iSolutionsTM program, which will be available for demonstrations on the trade booth. This innovative benchmarking program has been developed to help broiler integrators attain better performance from their operation. This innovative research-based software will offer on-farm solutions and management strategies to help producers achieve optimum health, husbandry and nutrition of their animals, effectively increasing bottom line profitability. Alltech celebrates 30 years of business in 2010. Born with the vision of providing innovative and natural solutions for food animal production challenges, Alltech’s focus on traceability is a guarantee of quality for their customers. Read more about Alltech at

For further information please contact: ADVANCED ANIMAL NUTRITION Ph 02 6851 1747 Fax 02 6851 2134 Email:

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Aziz Sacranie, Alltech’s Asia Pacific Poultry Director

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TRADE DISPLAy Imexco at PIX 2010

The Imexco team lead by Managing Director Doug Peters will be back at PIX 2010 with a comprehensive poultry equipment display. The spectacular Ciemmecalabria chicken catcher will be back again for the 2010 event and there will also be a Prinzen egg packer as well as a Vencomatic nest unit on the stand. Other items of shed equipment on display will include examples of Cumberland feed pans and Imexco’s steel mini vents. One of Imexco’s key themes recently has been ‘Don’t give up on your old sheds.’ “We know that farmers need alternatives. We have the expertise and equipment to convert valuable older sheds to new systems like free range or barn laid layer sheds. “However, if it really is new sheds a grower needs for either modern approved layer systems or tunnel ventilated broiler rearing, we have plenty of experience to achieve that for our customers and at very competitive prices,” Mr Peters said. “Apart from being price competitive, Imexco carries a full range of spares for the products they sell all backed up by a 365 days a year 24/7 service. “Whatever your needs, be it a resurrection of older sheds, new sheds or just spare parts for your existing operation visit Imexco at PIX 2010.

Top: The spectacular Ciemmecalabria chicken catcher and (above) the Imexco steel mini vents.

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PIX PREVIEW TRADE DISPLAy Potters Poultry, specialists in free range, barn and breeder layer nest systems will be at PIX 2010 First time exhibitors at PIX 2010 will be UK-based Potters Poultry which has more than 40 years of experience in the manufacture of systems for layer farms. According to information published by Potters, the company specialises in equipment for large scale commercial free range, barn laid, and breeder layer farms. The company’s operations are based on experience gathered in the UK market, which has well-developed free range and alternative system supplying a long established consumer market. The current Avinest range of fully automatic nests are the result of a long development period and Potters believes the company is at the leading edge of both design and reliability. Avinest is manufactured in both single and double tier format with front or central egg roll away versions. The system features variable speed controls for each belt so they can be operated individually. The nest floors can be raised using an individual rack & pinion lifting mechanism with perforated Astro-turf as the nest pad. This allows dust and waste to fall away leading to cleaner eggs. The nest systems are constructed with interior lights at each nest level and this feature attracts birds into the nests thus reducing floor eggs. The slatted area of the system is fabricated to a design unique to Potters, whose slats are high strength and close fitting: a feature that significantly lowers the risk of poultry mite breeding. Potters offers the alternative of vertical litter boards or a continuous sloping ramp at the edge of the slat area. The Aviary is a fully integrated system with a simple sup-

port design that has very little structure on the floor which makes cleaning easier and it has minimum distance between the tiers. This limits hens’ flight behaviour which reduces injury risk. According to Potters, the system is endlessly adaptable and designed to fit a wide range of building styles and sizes. Lighting is available on all levels to minimise floor eggs. The Potter Aviary includes all the advantages of the Avinest system offering the birds a strong and comfy nest and the system can be supplied with either plastic or wire slatted platforms depending on grower preference and local welfare code requirements. The agent for Potters Poultry in Australia is Dunogan Farm Tech of Tamworth run by Rob Duns and both Dunogan and Potters will be present at PIX 2010. For more information go to

Agricultural Automation at PIX

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The agricultural Automation stand will be showing options for the egg industry with the Zucami Cage system and the SKA Avio community nest. The Agrologic controller will be demonstrated by Martyn Fisher from IFS. A new roof ventilation system will be demonstrated by Joe Vella from Protective Fabrications. Attending the stand will be Steven Davies, Stephen Colla and John Perrin of Agricultural Automation. AAS dealers, Martyn Fisher from IFS and Joe Vella from Protective Fabrications. Products on display include: SKA feed systems, SKA nesting systems, Corti drinking systems, Zucami Cage system, Astro- turf, Agrologic Controllers,Plastic Coolpads, Hygiene Mats.

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PIX PREVIEW TRADE DISPLAy General Alert System available from Think Livestock

The General Alert multiplatform alert and recording system will be on display at PIX 2010 on the Think Livestock stand.

Now available from Think Livestock, the General Alert multi-platform alert and recording system is able to monitor unattended operations on farming properties and notify the farmer if a problem occurs. Farmers need to act fast to fix unexpected problems that can surface on their properties. An irrigation glitch, overheating in a large generator, or a sensitive pressure level fluctuation that happens out of sight can have damaging and costly consequences. These sorts of problems and the necessity for a fast response mean farmers often need to be near by, making it difficult for them to get away from a potential trouble spot and leaving them on farm for large amounts of time. The General Alert multi-platform alert and recording system uses the sophistication of today’s communications equipment and specialist applications connected to sensors to enable a farmer to be warned by text message when things may be about to, or are currently going wrong. “Connect any sensor to the General Alert system and you can receive a text message as soon as something goes wrong,” said Dave Roberts of Think Livestock, Huntly, who explained the benefits of the system. “This new system can monitor water flow, water level, electric power failure, temperature and pH. “In fact if there is a sensor, it can simply be attached to General Alert,” he added. In practice, for example, a water float switch can be fitted to a water tank with the cable from the sensor attached to the General Alert multi-platform alert and recording system’s base unit. By logging in to the General Alert website, users can decide who will receive a text message as soon as the water level drops. Other features of the General Alert multi-platform alert and recording system include: graphing of flow, temperature, etc, the ability to shut off a water valve from a mobile phone and having alerts directed to multiple landline phones in case of an emergency. For more information contact Dave on (03) 5448 8942 or

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PIX PREVIEW TRADE DISPLAy Egg stamping on Riva Selegg egg grader Ink-jet egg printer equipment is available on Riva Selegg egg grading machines. On Riva Selegg egg grading models S61, S91 and S121 there one of two types of ink-jet egg stamping eqiupment available. Either a two line egg stamper or a one line ink-jet stamper are available. The two line stamper enables eggs to be printed with brand name and date. A single line stamper enables eggs to be only printed with brand name.

If Riva Selegg egg grader ordered with an inkjet egg stamper will come supplied with ten cartridges of food grade printer ink that are capable of printing 3,500,000 – 4,000,000 prints. Riva Selegg egg graders are distributed by Dunogan Farm Tech and Mr Rob Duns from Dunogan Farm Tech says a variety of printer ink colours are available. See Rob at the Dunogan Farm Tech stand at PIX for more information.

Visit the AAS booth and celebrate 10 years of business

Any successful grower begins with choosing the right feeder and the right drinker. You can make every grow a success simply by choosing our HI-LO® Watering System and HI-LO® Feeding System

Come and visit us at the AAS booth at PIX this year and help us celebrate 10 years of business. We’ll have Peter, Ben, Judith, Greg and Scotty from the team and international experts waiting to talk to you about improving your operation’s profits and efficiency. Take the opportunity to meet and talk with Simon McKenzie from Hired-Hand, Alain Neger from E-CAT, Mike Hurd from Chick Master and visit our suppliers Munters, Big Dutchman and Le Triangle. Covering the breeder, hatchery, broiler, layer, barn, free-range and organic markets, we’ll be displaying shed equipment including the new Hired Hand Evolution 4000. AAS will be launching a new customer service initiative at the show, call in and find out more. Also, be sure to ask for a free colour copy of the new spare parts catalogue.


Santrev’s fire retardant shed now complete

New Zealand - Sonoma Enterprises Ph: (640) 9361 1060 • Fax: (640) 9361 1061 • Australia - Imexco Pty Ltd Ph: (612) 4997 2045 • Fax: (612) 4997 2085 • Malaysia - The GSI Asia Group Sdn. Bhd. Ph: (604) 508 3319 • Fax: (604) 508 4876 • • USA - The GSI Group Inc. Ph: (217) 226 4421 • Fax: (217) 226 4420 • The Cumberland logo is a registered trademark of the GSI Group, Inc., © 2006 The GSI Group, Inc., USA

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The first fire retardant poultry shed in Australia by Santrev is now complete, according to Luke Trevanion, (pictured) from Santrev Poultry Developments. It has fire retardant cool panel walls. The side walls have greater insulation and do not attract rodents and insects. The shed has an iron skin ceiling and has fire retardant air baffles. Luke said an insurance premium concession is available for fire retardant sheds. Santrev is also offering switchboard thermal photography audits to identify faults prior to bird placement which will also attract insurance premium concessions. For more information talk Luke Trevanion, Richard or Gary Sanday who will all be on the stand at PIX.

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PIX PREVIEW TRADE DISPLAy New products on display at B&M Slots stand On the B&M Slots booth at PIX 2010 there’ll be a great line up of people to consult and a range of exciting new products. There’ll will be Herb Jansen from Jansen Poultry, Joos Decock from Valli, Fred Kersten from Hotraco as well as the team from Slots. New products will include the Hotraco OrionOPT computer, which optimises the egg flow from upto 20 houses and four egg conveyors into the egg packing room. This computer maximises the efficiency of an egg grader, reducing the time required to collect each day. Also on the stand will be the Valli cage system, Jansen nests for breeders and layers and the Jansen FlexBelt egg conveyor system.

Joos Decock from Valli and Evo Slots from B&M Slots.

Advanced Animal Nutrition at PIX 2010 with Virugard Advanced Animal Nutrition will return to PIX for the 2010 with its Virugard disinfectant Virugard is a powdered stabilised blend of peroxygen compounds, surfactant, organic acid and an inorganic buffer system for broadspectrum pathogen control, effective against all classes of viruses, gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria and fungi. Virugard is safe for the environment, degrading to harmless components at in-use dilutions. “Virugard is cost effective with high dilution efficiency and effective in adverse conditions such as hard water, organic soiling and low temperature,” according to Mick Malloy who will be on the Advanced Animal Nutrition stand to promote better biosecurity through the use of Virugard.

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Role of surfactins from specific Bacillus subtilis strain By Dr RICK CARTER, PhD Kemin (Aust) Pty Ltd


here are direct and indirect ways in which anti-microbial compounds used at prophylactic levels exert their beneficial effects on animal health and nutrition (Visek, 1998, Anderson et al, 1999) which include: • suppression of microbes responsible for mild and possibly unrecognised infections • the associated reduction of stimuli to the immune system including the reduced nutrient demand from gut-associated immune tissue • reduced concentrations of growth inhibitory metabolites produced from bacteria in the gastro-intestinal tract, eg. ammonia and phenolic compounds • reduction of microbial bile bio-transformations, eg. deconjucation • reduction of microbial utilisation of nutrients provided from the feed • enhanced efficiency of absorption of nutrients due to reduced inflammation of the intestinal wall caused by immune stimulation/toxins produced by undesirable bacteria. Direct fed microbials or probiotics also exert their beneficial effects in a number of ways (Fuller, 1989) which include: • suppression of pathogenic bacteria by – production of antibacterial compounds

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– competition for nutrients and gut wall adhesion sites • alteration of microbial metabolism, eg. – increased or decreased enzyme activity • stimulation of immunity, eg. – increased antibody and macrophage activity Bacillus subtilis PB6 Bacillus subtilis PB6 bacteria were isolated from the gut of healthy chickens and this strain was found to inhibit the growth of Clostridium perfringens (causative agent of necrotic enteritis) compared with no inhibition recorded for a Bacillus subtilis source from a culture collection (fig. 1).

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Figure 1. Vertical streak is C. perfringens; PB6 is specific Bacillus subtilis strain; ATCC 633 is a Bacillus subtilis obtained from the American Type Culture Collection.



Figure 2. Transmission electron micrographs (29,500 x magnification) of C. perfringens after 4 hours of exposure to B. subtilis PB6 compared with untreated C.perfringens

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Figure 3. Chemical structure of surfactins A and B produced by, and isolated from, Bacillus subtilis PB6; surfactin A contains L-leucine & surfactin B contains L-valine.

Using transmission electron microscopy, clear damage to Clostridium perfringens cells was seen in the presence of Bacillus subtilis PB6 compared with Clostridium perfringens cultured without Bacillus subtilis PB6. The cell wall of the Clostridial bacterium is damaged and cell contents leak out of the cell resulting in cell death (fig. 2). Surfactins from Bacillus subtilis PB6 This patented proprietary strain of

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Figure 4. Ileal digesta Clostridial spp. counts (log cfu/g) for negative control, positive control (100ppm zinc bacitracin) and CloStat Dry (n=20; p<0.10).

Bacillus subtilis is the active ingredient in CloStat and has been found to secrete two specific surfactins - A and B as shown in figure 3. It is these lipopeptide surfactins that damage the cell wall and kill the Clostridia as shown in figure 2. CloStat effects in the bird â&#x20AC;˘ anti-Clostridial effects An experiment conducted at Massey University in New Zealand compared the effect of CloStat and zinc bacitracin

inclusion in feed on the ileal digesta counts of Clostridial spp. in male Ross broiler chickens at 21 days of age. The results show a significant reduction in ileal Clostridial counts for both treatments compared with the negative control and a 1 log greater reduction with CloStat compared with zinc bacitracin although this difference was not statistically significant (fig. 4). A critical trial was completed by the University of Georgia in the USA in which

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PETE’S POULTRY NOTES As we move out of summer we need to give significant consideration to the preparation and requirements for housing, equipment and management practices for winter farming for all types of poultry. The winter weather conditions throughout Australia, New Zealand and other regions close to Australia vary significantly, but the general needs are all the same and are as follows; • Provide and maintain dry bedding/floor material. • Provide the correct temperature with minimum variation to the requirements set, dependant on stock type and age. • Provide a draught free environment. • Provide the required ventilation rates dependant on stock type, stocking density and age. • Provide adequate feed and water requirements dependant on stock type and age. • Ensure that all equipment is regularly serviced and maintained in a good working order. Prior to brooding of any stock, the shed, or area in the shed used, should have a minimum depopulation period as per the breeding company or processor requirements, should be cleaned out thoroughly and sanitised with approved products and allowed to dry out completely before the bedding is placed. Also be aware of the bedding suppliers bio-security practices and use of vehicles. Provide adequate heating and allow time to ensure the bedding is at the correct temperature prior to placement of the stock. The area for brooding, as well as the whole shed, has to be draught free, this can be checked at night by having lights on in the shed or brooding area and checking from outside for light leakage or using smoke emitters inside the area checking along walls, curtains and doors especially. All heating equipment should be checked, serviced and maintained, and be run a few days prior to having to be used to check it is operating correctly, as well as have gas tanks serviced and checked and be aware of time requirements for gas tank filling. Maintain temperatures and ventilation requirements, with minimum variation, through the use of controllers and equipment, as per the breeding company or processor requirements through the period the stock are housed. Manual settings made at 10.00 p.m. at night and then checked at 7.00 p.m. in the morning mean that your stock may not be at the optimum temperature or ventilation for 37% of their life. For any time of the year, feed and drinker equipment should be operating correctly and of a requirement per bird and positioned correctly in the shed that the stock can easily access the equipment. Peter Mathews has been working in the poultry industry for over 45 years and is the Managing Director of Australasian Agricultural Services Pty Ltd. Visit

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HEALTH FEATURE Table 1: Body weight gain, FCR and mortality responses to experimentally induced necrotic enteritis and either BMD or CloStat treatment (P<0.05). Treatment group

Weight gain,g



Uninfected control Infected control Infected + 50ppm BMD Infected +500ppm CloStat

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0.2a 35.9b 17.2c 8.4ac

a,b,c – different letters in a column means results are statistically different.

Cobb x Cobb 500 male broiler chickens were challenged with both coccidia and Clostridium perfringens (Boren et al, 2006). The trial duration was 27 days and results in Table 1 show that CloStat enabled the birds to resist the negative effects of the induced challenge on growth, feed conversion and mortality to the same extent as BMD (bacitracin). • growth and feed conversion effects Broiler growth trials were conducted at the Roslin Institute in Scotland in 2006 and 2008. Both trials were of the same design using male Ross 308 birds grown to 42 days of age. Wheat based crumbled starter, pelleted grower and pelleted finisher diets without coccidiostats or antibiotics were fed to 8 replicate pens per treatment with 40 birds per pen. The results of these 2 trials shown in Table 2 are statistically significant with a 4-5% increase in weight gain and clear improvements in feed conversion efficiency due to CloStat. Conclusions • Bacillus subtilis PB6 -

– was obtained from the gut of healthy chickens, – produces specific surfactins, – is patented, – and is the active ingredient in CloStat • laboratory experiments in Singapore and trial work with broiler chickens in New Zealand, the USA and the UK have shown that Bacillus subtilis PB6 – – can inhibit the growth of Clostridia both in vitro and in chickens – can overcome the negative effects on growth, FCR and mortality caused by experimentally induced Clostridial disease – can improve growth and feed conversion efficiency in broiler chickens • CloStat is – – registered with the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority – and is approved in the USA, the European Union and many other countries including Japan. Dr Carter is a Technical Services Manager for Kemin Industries (Asia) Pty Ltd and can be contacted in Sydney (phone (02) 94822357).

Table 2: Weight gain, feed intake & FCR for control & 500g CloStat per tonne of feed (P<0.05). Trial no. Treatment group 1 2

Control CloStat Control CloStat

Weight gain, g/bird 2690a 2803b (+4.2%) 2612a 2734b (+4.7%)

Feed intake, g/bird 4711 4768 4691 4610

FCR 1.7515a 1.7012b (-5 pts) 1.796a 1.687b (-11pts)

a,b – different letters in a column for each trial means results are statistically different.

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NEWS Suncorp Bank’s insight into the poultry industry The poultry industry is unique and has its own issues and challenges. However, when dealing with your lender or bank manager, these issues can often be difficult to communicate. Brad Weatherston, Suncorp Bank’s Agribusiness Manager, said it often took some time for lenders to truly understand the nature of the poultry industry. “The poultry industry is very different to most agricultural industries because you are not so reliant on weather conditions or the purchase of stock and feed to successfully operate the business,” said Brad. “The main issues for poultry farmers include conforming to environmental issues, regular maintenance and upgrading of poultry sheds, animal husbandry practices, and ongoing issues with local authorities for shed upgrades and expansions. However these are all issues that, as a lender, we need to be aware of in order to effectively service and understand your business operations.”

Brad said from a lender’s perspective there were five main things they reviewed when considering an agribusiness loan for poultry facilities. “Banks are continually reviewing and updating their lending policies however, as a rough guide, the main areas a lender will look at are: the ability to repay the debt from on and off farm income, the security or equity position offered by the borrower to the bank, any local authority development approvals, applicants industry experience and obtaining all necessary approvals from the poultry processor,” he said. “Each borrower’s circumstances are different so it’s important to speak to your bank manager if you have any questions and shop around if you’re unhappy with your current lender’s service.” Brad, who has been involved in the poultry industry for more than nine years, said Suncorp had specialist lenders who could help poultry farmers with their banking needs.

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Rapid characterisation of gut microflora in the necrotic enteritis disease model Poultry production and overall health are closely related to gut health, and gut health is strongly dependent on microbial balance. Therefore, the study of gut microflora has become an important area for the poultry research community. In particular, the dynamics of Clostridium perfringens (Cp) in the gut has been a strong focus as this bacterium can cause a severe disease, i.e., necrotic enteritis (NE). Necrotic enteritis causes losses to the world poultry industry of more than $2 billion annually. An NE challenge model is essential to address the underlying scientific questions of the disease. Using a challenge model, one can also investigate the possibility of improving bird health by feeding beneficial additives such as pre- and probiotics, enzymes and even plant extracts (phytobiotics). For example, Cp is present in the gut of healthy birds but it is not known what triggers the organism to produce toxins, result9






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ing in NE outbreaks. Necrotic enteritis outbreaks at clinical level markedly increase flock mortality, and at subclinical cases, lead to a dramatic loss of weight gain and feed conversion efficiency. Numerous predisposing factors can be responsible for the onset of NE, including feeding diets high in animal protein, such as high fishmeal, Eimeria infection, and drastic change in diets. The University of New England (UNE), in collaboration with industry and funding from the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and Kemin Asia Pte Ltd, established a reproducible NE model, which has been used frequently by Australian and overseas companies over the past eight years. However, the model has its drawbacks as its microbial characterisation utilizes culture techniques, which are not only expensive but also highly tedious. Thus, we recently performed a Poultry CRC-funded study to further optimise the aforementioned NE challenge model, focussing on the use of molecular techniques to characterise Cp. We successfully completed the project with great results. The molecular technique we established is: (a) quicker and cheaper to perform; (b) less labour-intensive; and (c) more accurate, compared with the culture method. For example, the new method shortened analytical time from two weeks to two days, and turned an eight person task to a single person job. The following Figures show the quantifications of Cp in the ileal content and gut lesion scores of challenged birds following feeding of diets containing fishmeal at different levels. Figure A shows the bacterial enumeration results produced from culture-based and molecular methods. It can be seen that the bacteria counts from culture-based method was not corre-

lated with the level of fishmeal in the diet (not being linear with fishmeal level), whereas the counts from the molecular approach correlated very well. The molecular results also correlated well with the gut lesion scores (Figure B). As a result of this Poultry CRC-funded project, the NE model is now a more viable tool for the poultry industry to use in the future. The University of New England has a dedicated Gut Microflora Laboratory and a well-equipped Molecular Biology Facility. These facilities include a multifunctional realtime PCR, an automated DNA extraction robotics, a liquid handling robotics, a microarray scanner, and a wide range of routing molecular equipment. Our staff have expertise in conducting a variety of elite DNA, RNA and protein analyses. As stated previously, the molecular method of analysing bacteria has obvious advantages. We believe this will undoubtedly make substantial contribution to the poultry research community and thus the Australian poultry industry in a longer term. 1.6 b 1.4 1.2 Lesion score

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NEWS Dutch industry kicks off Global Service Initiative During VIV Europe the Dutch poultry industry launched a new initiative to better serve the global poultry industry. Nearly all major international operating companies and institutes in the Dutch poultry industry, joined forces to participate in the Dutch Poultry Centre. This network organisation will strengthen the reputation of the Dutch poultry servicing industry all over the world. Dutch Poultry Centre (DPC) is the coordinating body of the new initiative and has the theme ‘Serving the Poultry Planet’. It connects Dutch companies and institutes in the poultry industry to stimulate international cooperation and knowledge transfer. Through DPC, poultry producers from all over the world can get access to Dutch poultry companies and institutions. DPC chairman Jacco Wagelaar told, during the presentation of the initiative, Ms Dutch Poultry Centre chairman Jacco Wagelaar and the Dutch Minister of Gerda Verburg, Minister of Agriculture, Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Ms. Gerda Verburg at the launch Nature and Food Quality, that the Dutch poultry industry wants to maintain its high quality international reputation and take initiative to stimulate innovations and technical cooperation where needed. “Here it needs and receives the full support of the Dutch Government,” Mr Wagelaar explained. “The focus of the new initiative is on helping producers all over the world to get access to knowledge and tools to set up a sustainable poultry business,’ he said.

organic beef, poultry post sales gains despite recession Organic meat, poultry and seafood posted 2009 sales of $456 million, a 1.9% increase over 2008 figures, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2010 Organic Industry Survey. Organic poultry, which represents the largest part of that subcategory, has sales of $277 million, up 2.6% from 2008. Organic beef recorded $100 million in sales, a 1.5% jump from the previous year, while organic pork had $14 million in sales, down 4.3%. Overall organic food sales were $24.8 billion, representing a 5.1% year-over-year growth rate, compared with 1.6% growth for total US food sales in 2009, OTA reported. Organic fruits and vegetables posted the highest sales growth rate, rising 11.4% from 2008, to nearly $9.5 billion in sales. “These findings are indicative that even in tough times, consumers understand the benefits that organic products offer and will make other cuts before they give up products they value,” OTA Executive Director Christine Bushway said in a news release.

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Operations Manager – Poultry Industry – NZ based – Domestic and International Program Bromley Park Hatcheries is a 60 year old private company importing the world’s leading natural genetic poultry stock to develop and supply egg and meat producers in NZ and overseas. Poultry products have become the most dominant protein feeding the world, and with global population expanding at unprecedented rates, poultry will become even more a critical factor in feeding the world. The company faces some exciting new developments, and is now searching for a competent and skilled Operations Manager to lead the operational team, and joining the senior management team in executing our strategic growth plan. Bromley Park is well regarded within the international poultry industry; between NZ’s unique environment and strong management, we are achieving world leading performance. Bromley Park regards its people as the key to success, and has a culture centring on performance and a warm and fulfilling environment for staff, therefore team fit is critical to us. Based in South Auckland, the Operations Manager will be responsible for operations in the North and South Island, and may be infrequently required to travel to various pacific island countries. You will have a team of very capable managers reporting to you on established performance metrics, and you will be continually working with the small senior management team, as the operations plan is fine-tuned day by day. You will be able to manage a wide range of disciplines contemporaneously including compliance, performance management, staff management, import and export requirements. Although useful to have poultry experience, it is not critical as you will have support from the world’s best technical expertise in NZ and overseas. Key attributes required: • Minimum 5 years operational management experience • Commercial experience • Able to maintain a very capable team of supervisors, relate well to other departmental heads, and customers. • Able to manage operation to agreed performance metrics • Good written and verbal communication skill • High standard of PC skills • High standard of professional and personal conduct • Detail oriented for compliance and technical elements • Able to see big picture strategy • Able to apply logic and intuition for customer problem solving • Project Management experience in building and commissioning plant and equipment • Experience in the poultry industry preferred, but not essential, as training can be given. Remuneration package will be tailored to the successful candidate, but will include company car, medical insurance and a generous company superannuation scheme.

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NEWS Victorian chicken growers collective bargaining to continue The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation for collective bargaining by Victorian chicken growers with chicken processors for a further five years. The arrangements allow growers to form bargaining groups according to which of Victoria’s four chicken processors, Baiada Poultry, Inghams Enterprises, Hazeldene Chicken Farm or Turi Foods they supply. Victorian chicken growers and processors have been collectively negotiating contracts since 2005 following deregulation of the Victorian broiler chicken growing industry. The VFF advises that since the arrangements were first authorised they have been successfully utilised by some grower groups while other groups are close to finalising contracts. “The ACCC considers that the collective bargaining arrangements are likely to continue to be of benefit particularly through providing the opportunity for increased grower input into contracts,” ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said. Importantly, the arrangements are voluntary for both processors and growers. Individual growers remain free to directly negotiate with their processor if they or the processor wish. “The ACCC has issued this final decision in just a little over two months since receiving this application for authorisation. This again demonstrates the ACCC’s commitment to dealing with collective bargaining matters quickly,” Mr Samuel said. Collective bargaining refers to competitors collectively negotiating terms and conditions with a supplier or customer. Without authorisation, it can raise concerns under the competition provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974. Broadly, the ACCC may grant authorisation when it is satisfied that the public benefit from the conduct outweighs any public detriment. The ACCC’s determination will be available from the ACCC website by following the links to this matter.

China’s new tarriffs on US poultry don’t worry exporters The Chinese government’s announcement that it will impose new duties, up to 31%t, on imports of US poultry is doing little to cause worry among US exporters, analysts said. “We believe the practical effect of this new round of tariffs will be minimal,” JP Morgan analyst Ken Goldman said in a note to investors. “In speaking with US chicken companies this morning, they reiterated what USDA export data have suggested, that very little chicken has been going directly to China from the US anyway. So, whether the tariff is 1% or 1000% is not particularly relevant at this point.” Processors also expected a higher tariff to come, Goldman added. In February China began imposing duties on imports of US chicken in the form of anti-dumping duties ranging from 43 to 105% of value.

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NEWS Product presentations and open house at Van Zetten in The Netherlands form interesting combination BCS, Prinzen and Twinpack, three innovative companies in the field of egg grading and processing, organised an informative day for Managers of egg packing stations, in cooperation with Van Zetten and Moba. In many situations a combination of different products, technologies and suppliers leads to the optimal solution. In order to save the precious time of managers, the three companies decided to combine efforts to show various technologies in a single one-day event. During the morning conference session, BCS (software solutions for egg packing stations), Prinzen (manufacturer of amongst others, tray palletisers and depalletisers) and Twinpack (supplier of the eggs cargo pallet and tray system) presented their respective companies, products and services. Also Moba contributed by sharing worldwide trends and innovations in the egg grading business with the participants. After lunch the group visited the packing station of Van Zetten in Ommeren, The Netherlands, one of the most modern packing stations in Europe. A fully operational situation was shown at Van Zetten where incoming eggs were transported on the Twinpack Eggs Cargo System, the ultimate full plastic protective and hygienic egg tray and pallet system. Subsequently the pallets were fully automatically handled by the Prinzen De-

Palletizer and stacks are loaded onto the Moba egg grader. The output, both manual as automated through display loaders, was monitored by the Ovotrack software module made by BCS, that seamlessly integrates all informa-

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NEWS young talent shines through at APSS Judges were unanimous in their choice of best presenter at the recent postgraduate presentations during the Australian Poultry Science Symposium held in Sydney. The Poultry CRC Award for the best oral presentation by a postgraduate student at APSS went to Navaporn Chauynarong, a PhD student in the School of Environmental and Rural Sciences (Poultry Nutrition) at the University of New England. Navaporn received the most votes for her presentation on the ‘Optimum level of cassava pulp in diets for layers’. She collected a certificate and the $500 prize, which she plans to put towards her travel expenses for her next poultry conference in France. Navaporn earned her science degree majoring in animal husbandry from Thailand’s Kasetsart University. She then travelled to Japan after winning a scholarship from the Tokyo University of Agriculture where she spent two months training in agriculture. In 2007, before arriving at the University of New England, Navaporn worked for a year as a researcher at the Alltech Bioscience Center in Thailand. She also has experience in layer farm management through the family business in Thailand.

Navaporn Chauynarong at APSS Her current research interests include poultry nutrition and cassava. Congratulations to Navaporn on her excellent presentation and we wish her well for the future. If you would like to advertise in the Poultry Digest magazine call Pete Bedwell on (02) 9798 3078 or 0419 235 288.

Salmonella expert visits Australia to speak at Australasian Milling Conference Dr Aart Mul, a senior project manager at Nutreco’s Ingredients research Centre, recently visited Australia and with Auspac Ingredients Pty Ltd Directors Philip Lambeth and Jonothon Doubleday, attended the Australasian Milling Conference held on April 13 to 14, 2010. Dr Mul spoke at the Stockfeed Manufacturers’ of Australasia’s Federal Council Meeting on the topic of ‘European experiences in eliminating salmonella from the feed and food chain’. His presentation covered how and where to control Salmonella in the animal production process, and the importance of a multi barrier approach to achieving the goals set by regulators to reduce risks posed by salmonella. He went on to explain the application of Trouw and Selko products, marketed by Auspac Ingredients in Australia, in helping to reduce risks posed by Salmonella contamination. There will be further coverage of Dr Mul’s strategies for curbing Salmonella in a subsequent issue of Poultry Digest.



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NEWS Gabriel Galea sets up District Realty Gabriel Galea, daughter of well known broiler farmer Joe Galea, recently set up District Realty Pty Ltd, a real estate agency business that specialises in rural properties such as farming enterprises, acreages, hobby farms and given her family background, broiler and layer farms. Based in Mangrove Mountain, Central Coast NSW, Gabriel is combining her eight years experience in the real estate industry with local knowledge gained from living and helping out on the family farm. “Marketing rural properties, and particularly operations like broiler farms, needs specialist knowledge as well as patience with both vendors and potential buyers,” Gabriel said. “It is very different from selling real estate in a capital city market, which I have done. “If you are selling a commercial property like a broiler farm or horticultural operation, you have to be able to explain all aspects of the business as well as promoting

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Sales Support Officer – Poultry Industry – NZ based Bromley Park Hatcheries is a 60 year old private company importing the world’s leading natural genetic poultry stock to develop and supply egg and meat producers in NZ and overseas. The company faces growth and is seeking a further member for our sales team. Critical to our success has been 3 points of difference: • Demonstrably superior genetics in our birds • Service and support commitment to our customers • Relationship with our customers Based in South Auckland, you will be responsible for a range of customers across the North Island. Reporting to the Sales Manager, you will enjoy technical support from a strong team comprising Veterinary, Nutrition and Laboratory services. You will be a self starter, managing your own call plan, and developing relationships with customers and prospects that will likely result in life-long friendships. The key to this is establishing credibility through your technical knowledge, ability to understand and relate to a wide range of customers and ability to enhance your customers’ businesses. You will be managing the delivery program and monitoring our production to ensure supply is 100% every time, so attention to detailed planning is critical. Bromley Park regards its people as the key to success, and has a culture centring on performance and a warm and fulfilling environment for staff, therefore team fit is critical to us.

NEWS Somerville Egg Farm changes to a free range operation By Dr STEVE DAVIES, Agricultural Automation Lou and Marie Napolitano have been running their Somerville egg farm in Victoria for 30 years. The operation has been successful using cages that were installed 25 years ago in open sided sheds. The sheds were fitted out with single tier cages that were aged and no longer met regulations. Change was necessary in order to continue their business. Lou and Marie recognised the growing demand for free range eggs. With the need to upgrade the cages to meet new regulations, the option to turn the sheds into free range became a viable alternative. The first step of the upgrade was to convert two of their sheds to a free range system. With the old cages in place, the sheds accommodated 7,000 birds each. Now, the converted sheds house 8,000 birds each. This upgrade required the cages to be removed and replaced with modern community nesting systems. New feeder and drinker systems were also needed and a fogging system. While the shed structures were in reasonably good condition, they needed to be refurbished to allow better environment control. The walls had to be filled in, and the roof insulated. Agricultural Automation supplied and installed all the necessary equipment and carried out the shed refurbishment.

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NEWS The walls were lined with 600mm wide rubber belting which is an excellent kick board that is quick and easy to install. Above the belting, curtains supplied by Protective Fabrications allow ample ventilation. The curtains are hand operated and open to the height of the shed. Winch operated pop doors were installed along the side walls to allow the birds to free range. Blanket insulation was installed under the roof. The SKA AVIO system they chose allowed for 8,000 free range birds per shed. Lou and Maria decided to install the system without slats as they had seen AVIO systems installed this way on other farms. A mesh was placed in front of the nest which provides the birds with a platform to enter the nest from, and prevents birds moving under the nest. This is a low cost solution but Maria now believes slats would have been a better option and made flock management easier. A SKA egg convoy was installed to take the eggs from the end of the AVIO systems to the egg room. The fogging system is stainless steel which will provide years of trouble free

operation. The system works at 600PSI with nozzles at 1mt spacing. Operating the system in conjunction with the curtains took a bit of getting used to but once mastered proved an effective cooling system. However, Lou expects to use a coolpad system should he convert another shed. To minimise floor eggs, an electric fence has been installed around the walls as birds naturally went to the corners. The current batch of birds have been


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NEWS Farmer Automatic and The Clark Companies create partnership On April 16, 2010, Farmer Automatic of Germany, a leading manufacturer of poultry and egg production equipment systems, formed a partnership with The Clark Companies of Canada to create Farmer Automatic GmbH & Co. KG. The new company gives The Clark Companies a 50% ownership in Farmer Automatic which was founded by Josef Kühlmann in 1962 and located in Laer, Germany. Farmer Automatic GmbH & Co. KG will be led by Peter Vergossen as the Principal Managing Director and Franz-Josef Kühlmann. Josef Kühlmann was granted a patent for an ‘automatic laying nest’ on November 17th, 1961, and since then Farmer Automatic has become established globally with distribution in almost every industrialized nation in the world. “Over the past decade, Farmer Automatic has developed from a cage manufacturer to a provider of complete cage and alternative housing solutions for

poultry,” explained Mr Vergossen. “Farmer Automatic has also gained international recognition for pioneering manure processing equipment including specialized driers and pelletizers that allow farmers to create an additional revenue stream. The partnership with The Clark Companies represents a global endeavour that combines German engineering with North American marketing expertise“. Farmer Automatic will continue to develop and manufacture products in Laer, Germany including the traditional multi deck layer system, while working closely with international producers to further develop innovative alternative poultry housing systems. Farmers in many countries are updating their operations to meet new standards in poultry housing and Farmer Automatic has taken a leading role in this area developing several patented alternative housing systems for markets around the world. The Clark Companies, one of the

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largest poultry producers in Canada, also provides crop input products to cash crop farmers as well as a full line of production equipment to poultry and egg producers. They are well known as a leader in many sectors of agri-business with in-depth knowledge of the market and products. This new global partnership builds on an existing well established relationship with The Clark Companies who have represented Farmer Automatic as a dealer for many years, and more recently, as the Canadian distributor. Jason Clark, President of The Clark Companies noted, “Providing farmers with innovative, quality products and the highest level of service is our primary focus. “We believe we have a responsibility to establish and maintain excellent relationships by offering products that deliver exceptional value and performance. This is why we are excited to announce our partnership in the new Farmer Automatic GmbH & Co. KG.”


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NEWS LDB Roofing Construction appointed as distributor for AAS and Mista Fog

AECL: Industry training grant update

LDB Roofing Constructions Pty Ltd located at Bittern in Victoria, is now distributors for Australian Agricultural Services (AAS) and Mista Fog high pressure fogging systems. “LDB Roofing has branched out after 38 years of operating as qualified plumbers, roof and gas fitters who have accumulated over 10 years experience in the poultry industry,” according to Managing Director Lou Raulli. “We have completed a number of projects and installations in the poultry industry including sheds on both turkey and broiler farms and we pride ourselves on maintaining a very high quarantine standard,” said Mr Raukki.

AECL’s has announced that its recent application to the Enterprise Based Productivity Places Program (EBPPP) on behalf of the industry was successful. This grant will provide $315,000 to heavily subsidise egg businesses to improve the skills of their employees and the efficiency in the Australian egg industry. The successful grant will support a number of other initiatives currently being undertaken by AECL in the vocational training area. Egg businesses with less than 100 employees will have 90% of the costs of training cover by the grant. AECL is currently developing a

program to deliver a relevant training program. The development of the training program is making use of the Poultry CRC investment in this area. Face-to-face and practical workshops for participants in the program will be held across all states to ensure the grant can be accessed by the whole industry. AECL, with the assistance of Farm Gate Training (a Registered Training Organisation), is currently enrolling participants. If you, or if you have any employees that may be interested and would like more information, please contact Angus Crossan on (02) 9409 6908.

VIV Europe news: Final attendance figures The organizers of VIV Europe have released the final attendance figures for the three day event. The show attracted a total audience of 17,339. Visitor numbers fell slightly on the last day, with 2,658 people through the door, but again, perhaps reflecting difficulties in reaching the show, visitors came from 84 different countries, as opposed to 76 on the opening day.


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PRoDUCT NEWS Jansen introduces Comfort 2Inside system Jansen Poultry Equipment has introduced its latest development for housing of layers. The system has the same basic design as the Compact and the Comfort 2 aviary/ multi-tier systems and has been developed so that the birds can move more easily among the different tiers of an aviary row. Wire stairs have been incorporated between the different tiers which enhances the bird movement within an aviary row. Feed, water and nests can be easily reached. Fly-on platforms along the aviary system aren’t necessary any more because the birds move inside the system. Due to this the gang way can be wider. The Comfort 2Inside aviary is equipped with the unique Twin World slat. The Twin World slat has the following advantages: • an open structure and minimal contact points thus less dirt accumulation and mite unfriendly. • Twin World slat for a layer aviary has an integrated egg tray along the edge so that

any system eggs can roll into the tray from the sloped slat. • an integrated air manure drying tube which the hens keep clean themselves and because of the round construction, optimal air drying is guaranteed. For more information about this new product you can have a look at our website: or contact or poultry specialists.

James Kellaway, Angus Crossan and Heather Palmer will be presenting at the event (the topics are listed in the program), while AECL is sponsoring PIX 2010 and will have a trade stand, displaying products such as EggBiz software, the egg candling video, marketing materials and Hear Foundation materials. AECL would like to encourage all egg producers to drop by the stand and find out what tools are available to help them in their enterprises. If you would like to advertise in the Poultry Digest magazine call Pete Bedwell on (02) 9798 3078 or 0419 235 288.

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