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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.
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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 www.pix.org.au 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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For the meat chicken industry: • ‘Preliminary resource use and carbon footprint of the chicken meat industry’ Eugene McGahan / Steve Wiedermann (FSA Consulting) • ‘Spent litter utilisation for broad acre cropping’ (RIRDC) - Tony Craddock (Rural Directions) • ‘Litter re-use - Techniques that effectively destroy viral pathogens’, Steve WalkdenBrown (University of New England) • ‘Possible future directions for litter re-use in Australia from a food-borne pathogens perspective’,Nalini Chinivasagam (DEEDI Qld) For barn and free range (eggs) • ‘Maximising egg production from barn and free range birds’, Tin Phung (Hyline Aust) • ‘Range management, shade and alternatives to beak trimming’, Tanya Nagle (DEEDI Qld) • ‘Bird health management - When does it become a welfare issue?’ Andrew Fisher (Uni of Melbourne) And Special Interest workshops are: Chicken Growers Workshop •Group B – Ross Stock Breeder Workshop •Group B CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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MMM Eggs barn laid layer farm has consumer appeal
By PETER BEDWELL
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
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By PETER BEDWELL
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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Farmer Joe Galea (left) and Chamberlain’s Adrian Nix with the Grifco Chook Saver emergency curtain release 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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v there will be the Grifco Chook Saver, ensuring that the risk to birds on his farm is reduced to the absolute minimum if power failure occurs again. Joe Vella of Protective Fabrications helped Joe Galea and Adrian Nix set up the trial unit Chook Saver on one of the curtain sided sheds. Protective Fabrications also previously supplied curtains to four of the six sheds on the farm. “We have been talking about our Chook Saver concept at Chamberlain for about five years and included farmers like Joe in our discussions and plans,” said Adrian. “The unit is an adaption of one of our Chamberlain fire door systems and with input from our customers in the poultry industry, we had prototype units being tested in our factory last year and after three months of perfecting those units we had a product we could take to a farm,” he said. Key to the design of the Chook Saver is an electro magnetic system that releases the winch mechanism when there is a power failure. As the power to the magnets is cut off the ratchet on the curtain winch is released and the curtain drops. “No further alarm or other monitoring equipment is necessary, if the power fails the curtains drop,” Adrian explained. “Other important features of the design are a controlled descent of the curtain to let it fall at a speed that does not scare the birds. “The unit has a timer that can be set for a delay period varying from .25 of a second to 30 minutes from the time the power fails to when the curtains are lowered. “This time delay can be set to suit both prevailing weather conditions and the stage of bird development. “Also the unit can be set to partially or full drop the curtain so if for example there are very young birds the curtain may only need to be dropped a few centimetres – for fully developed birds the curtain can be fully lowered. “Although the test unit is shown operating on a curtain sided tunnel shed, the Chook Saver can be equally effective in lowered flaps located in the cool pad area and wall mounted mini vents which are typical features of solid walled tunnel ventilation sheds,” Adrian said. “The electro magnetic cable release winch mechanism is easy to install in existing curtain/flap/mini vent systems and Top: New sheds, silos and feed augers supplied by Patarker. Centre: Fan blinds minsimply connects into the actuating unit imise dust, odour and noise. Above: Fancom Mini Vents supplied by Patarker. Joe that monitors the power supply. resets curtains after trialling the Chook Saver. The Chook Saver is water proof, w
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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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PIX PREVIEW TRADE DISPLAy Hutamaki’s extensive range of egg packaging solutions Huhtamaki egg packaging is proudly Australian made using 100% recycled materials and will have its products on display at PIX 2010. The company’s extensive range of egg packaging solutions includes: • Premium – Effect 12 & 6 Pack range • Standard – Flat Top (12 and 6 Pack) & View Top range • Economy – Value 12 Pack • Trays – Compact 30 Pocket, Standard 30 Pocket, Super Yellow 30 Pocket, 20 Pocket, 15 Pocket, Cappers The new Premium Effect range was designed in conjunction with MOBA and boasts the following benefits: • Modern design • More label space for greater brand communication • Reduced environmental impact • Improved functionality – denesting, handling, closing • Greater freight efficiency, with more cartons on a pallet compared to traditional flat tops The Compact Trays provide excellent egg protection and denesting capabilities, in
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 â€“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. â€œContamination 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,â€? Mr Pritchard said. â€œIt has therefore never been more important for producers to reassess, fine tune and implement an effective routine Salmonella biosecurity strategy.â€? 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.
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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 â€œSE 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 2EARING CAGES FOR DAY OLD s ,AYER BREEDER CAGES The use of a vaccine for chicks and pullets) s "ROILER CAGES one or two cycles per year leads s ,AYING CAGES s !LTERNATIVE NEST SYSTEMS to the restoration of s #OMPOSTING UNITS s -ANURE DRYING TUNNELS sensitivity on farms and s #OLONY (OUSING 3YSTEMS improvement of proformance. Interpretation of lesion scores 3!,-%4 0OULTRY %QUIPMENT "6 2IJKSSTRAATWEG $))) ., !"