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Chris Monnier

 Nuffield Australia 2017 Scholarship winner


Chris Monnier, from Mornington in Victoria, receives a 2017 Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Australian Egg Corporation Limited.

He will investigate egg production systems, in particular, balancing consumer demand, population and consumption growth across cage, barn and free range systems.

Chris is the General Manager of Make Eggs, which owns three farms with 500,000 layer hens that produce eggs utilising the cage, barn and free range systems. The company has big growth plans over the next few years.

Chris was born in Melbourne and is married to Michelle, with four children Briana (aged 12), Lachlan (aged 11), Emily (aged 4) and Jake (aged 1).

Chris says his research will be particularly pertinent to the inaccurate perception in Australia that better production is only gained at the expense of animal welfare. He plans to help educate consumers on this highly emotive topic.

“The Australian egg industry is being forced to move away from more intensive farming systems, largely due to the misleading marketing of some fringe groups. Eggs are one of the cheapest forms of protein available and intensive farming systems currently produce about 60 per cent of all Australian eggs.” Chris says.

“Moving away from this system will both dramatically increase the cost of eggs to consumers and, jeopardise the industry’s ability to consistently produce throughout the year.”

Chris has worked very closely with the Australian Eggs and Victoria Farmer’s Federation on this contentious issue. He produced a television program in 2016 in conjunction with these bodies called “The Truth About Eggs”, with the aim of providing consumers with better education around the different egg production methods.

Chris will travel to America, Singapore, Holland, Canada, Chile, Brazil and the UK.


Location: Mornington, Victoria
Mobile: 0402 558 292
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Returning Scholar presentation: Watch video


Chris Monnier is supported by:

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