Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner
Lachlan Green, from Lake Fyans in Victoria’s Grampians Mountains, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Australian Egg Corporation Ltd. He will study strategies for reducing stress in free range hens.
Lachlan oversees the Green Eggs free range egg business on his family’s 1450 hectare farm, which also produces beef, lamb, wool and hay. The egg enterprise consists of 36,000 free range hens producing 210,000 eggs per week, which are graded, packed and supplied to restaurants, cafes and farmers’ markets across Melbourne and wider Victoria.
According to Lachlan, in a free range egg production system it can be challenging to reduce hen stress from natural, social or physical issues.
“If it’s not managed, hen stress can lead to feather pecking, declining health, higher mortalities, increased shedding of Salmonella and/or reduced egg production and quality,” he says.
“However, there is a lack of information for farmers and related industries about its causes, management and prevention techniques.
“Through my scholarship, I will investigate how other countries handle hen stress and then I can help to develop best practices for Australian farmers so we can maintain our market competitiveness and increase productivity and profitability.”
Lachlan plans to travel to Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Location: Lake Fyans, Victoria
Mobile: 0427 029 109
Returning Scholar presentation:
Lachlan Green is sponsored by: