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Emma O’Flaherty – 2018 Nuffield Scholar

Emma O’Flaherty from Griffith, New South Wales receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by AgriFutures Australia (previously known as the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation).

For her research topic, Emma will study the factors that contribute to the laying of floor eggs across different nesting systems. Floor eggs are deemed second grade or ‘dirty’ eggs as soon as they are laid because they are in contact with more contaminated material.

This results in lower hatchability and increased labour as they must be collected from outside the nest.

Emma is a breeder farm manager for poultry production company, Baiada Pty Ltd. She manages a ten-shed chicken breeder farm in the Riverina region which produces hens for laying fertile eggs that go to hatcheries to become broiler birds.

Several neighbouring farms are experiencing issues with floor eggs across nesting systems leading to lower profits and inflated labour costs. Emma aims to research factors contributing to floor eggs so as to seek to remedy these problems.

“Any agricultural industry wants to minimise costs and maximise profits,” Emma said.

“If we can use the contributing factors to minimise floor eggs then we can minimise costs in labour and maximise the output of first grade eggs.”

On her study tour, Emma will travel to The Netherlands and the United Kingdom to visit poultry sheds and factories.

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