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Piloting chicken litter usage in broadacre cropping: setting research direc
Summary This project is designed to support the development of the RIRDC Integrated National Litter Project into the future. It will provide:
1. Recommendations to the Integrated National Litter Project as to key issues to be targeted for an expanded field trial, and potentially other, parts of the project.
2. Base information as to how chicken litter can be incorporated into modern broadacre cropping systems by quantifying crop and soil responses
3. Preliminary guidelines for using chicken litter as a nutrient source in broadacre cropping systems
4. Economic analysis so that costs associated with chicken litter use are understood
5. A deeper understanding of product quality and variation
6. Insight into the potential for carryover of pathogens affecting human health

From a chicken industry perspective the key R&D issue addressed is to quantify resource use across the industry and identify opportunities for more efficient resource and waste product management (including water, land, energy and litter).
Program Chicken Meat
Research organisation Rural Directions Pty Ltd
Objective summary 1. To develop recommendations to the Integrated National Litter Project as to key issues to be targeted for an expanded field trial and potentially other parts of the project. 2. To generate base information as to how chicken litter can be incorporated into modern broadacre cropping systems by quantifying crop and soil responses. 3. To develop preliminary guidelines for using chicken litter as a nutrient source in broadacre cropping system. 4. To undertake an economic analysis so that costs associated with chicken litter use are understood. 5. To gain a deeper understanding of product quality and variation. 6. To gain an insight into the potential for carryover of pathogens affecting human health from litter into broadacre crops.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Thursday, March 01, 2007
Project completion date Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority An environmentally sustainable Australia
Rural priority Soil, water and managing natural resources
RIRDC goal CME-Manage the environment for sustainable development
Principal researcher Tony Craddock
Research manager Kylie Hewson
Admin contact Sarah Heinjus