The Poultry Cooperative Research Center undertakes
Poultry Research and Education. It’s major challenge is to help Australia
achieve sustainable, ethical poultry production as our population grows and our climate changes.
The poultry industry is a major contributor to our food basket and the demand for poultry
products is projected to double by 2050. To meet this significant challenge without
compromising food safety and the environment, we will need to increase productivity massively.
More than ever, this will require cutting edge science and innovation.
Partners in the Poultry CRC represent over 95% of the Australian Poultry Industry.
We have multi-disciplinary scientific teams working with end-users to solve the complex
issues facing the industry. The Poultry CRC runs three research programs:
Health and Welfare, Nutrition and Environment, and Safe & Quality Food Production.
The Health and Welfare program develops new diagnostic tools and health products like
vaccines. It is also investigating scientific approaches to assessing bird welfare.
The Nutrition and Environment program helps industry to make more food using fewer resources.
It strives to reduce environmental impacts like the emission of odours and greenhouse
gases. I’m the subproject leader for several projects
in the CRC. One is the Net Energy project, and the other one is the Necrotic Enteritis
project. Both of these are designed to aid the Poultry
Industry of Australia to become more efficient and reduce the disease challenge.
Our Safe and Quality Food Production program aims to reduce food-borne illnesses that may
be caused by Salmonella, or Campylobacter in poultry products.
It also works to improve consistency in egg quality.
The Education Program of the Poultry CRC encompasses four elements, namely:
University, Vocational Education and Training, Schools, and Public Education.
For University Students, CRC-funded scholarships have ensured that bright young scientists
will continue to enter the poultry industry. Our internships give graduates a practical
experience in poultry production, and often lead to full-time jobs.
The Poultry CRC Education program has been incredibly important in getting students at
University level interested in working in the Poultry Industry.
To ensure future growth, the Poultry Industry needs skilled young people. Many people are
simply unaware of the varied careers and opportunities that are available in the industry.
Poultry CRC has allowed me to travel around the world and finish my PhD at UNE.
With the help of CRCPoultry, I came here in Australia, for to do my training in Vet, and
I am from Brazil and very happy to be here. To secure Australia’s food supply into the
future, it is critical that we give our younger generation an appreciation of where food comes
from. The CRC’s Teachers Resource Kit provides tailor-made
material for classrooms, helping students gain an understanding of Poultry Production.
The Poultry CRC aims to support our vital Australian Poultry Industry into the future.
This will only be achieved through nurturing innovative thinkers who will enable the industry
to produce more, from less, sustainably.