Through targeted, high-impact investment the AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program stimulates and promotes research, development and extension (RD&E) to grow the long term prosperity of the Australian chicken meat industry. The Program focuses on RD&E investments to improve food safety of Australian chicken, and developing and implementing measures to protect and improve industry impact on the environment. This is coupled with enhancing the industry through improved chicken production through the whole supply chain, as well as improved ability to meet consumer needs.
2021 Scholarship winner
Kelly McTavish from Wamuran, Queensland, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program. Through her research, Kelly will investigate how emerging trends and technologies can drive animal welfare improvements in chicken meat farming production systems.
For over 20 years, Kelly has worked directly in the Australian Chicken Meat Industry farming sector with a primary focus on animal welfare and compliance.
As someone who cares for and manages animal welfare, Kelly is particularly focussed on exploring how global perspectives can facilitate continuous health and welfare improvements in Australia’s chicken meat industry.
“To meet changing customer expectations and ensure the long-term prosperity of the Australian chicken meat industry, we need to continually improve chicken welfare and handling methods,” Kelly said.
“Through my Nuffield Scholarship, I plan on researching emerging trends and technologies in the chicken meat production industry to build knowledge capacity and facilitate positive outcomes for chicken welfare.”
Kelly will also investigate the impact that industry participants have on animal welfare and compliance in Australia’s chicken meat industry, and how capacity building and upskilling of staff can improve welfare outcomes.
“I look forward to exploring emerging trends and opportunities for chicken welfare around the world, and how these can lead to better practices in Australia,” Kelly said.
Through her global research, Kelly will investigate existing systems and best practice examples across the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Asia.
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