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Poultry CRC Travelling Smoothly

by 5m Editor
22 February 2012, at 7:44am

AUSTRALIA - Research activities of the CRC are progressing well, with important stop/go milestone reviews due for a number of projects.

Reviewing these projects ensures they are progressing against their agreed milestones, and that they remain relevant and applicable to industry. Where a project fails to meet its stop/go milestone, it will face revision or, if necessary, termination. This is critical, as the CRC’s mission is to produce viable outcomes for it's end-users, not just to fund research.

In addition, recently submitted Full Research Proposals (FRPs) are now being reviewed. The decision to approve an FRP depends on demonstrating it is scientifically feasible, applicable for end-users, and that the CRC is able to fund it.

In this edition, feature Geoff Hinch’s current research into the development of new methods for welfare assessment in free-ranging layers is featured. This research seeks to identify how hens ‘feel’ and their use of outdoor space in the range.

CRC hears from Industry Internship recipient, Sheridan Alfiverich, who has recently commenced with poultry consultancy Zootechny (under the guidance of Dr Peter Groves).

Finally, CRC welcomes internationally renowned poultry scientist Professor Hank Classen, who has made the trip to Australia to develop ideas for future research and, while here, will lend his expertise to review a number of projects.