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The biosecurity of mass poultry mortality composting
Summary This project will investigate the potential of using inshed composting to contain an
emergency disease outbreak in the Australian poultry industry. The project will improve the readiness of industry and government agencies to respond quickly to contain and eradicate the avian influenza virus and other emergency animal diseases (EAD) in the poultry industry.
Program Chicken Meat
Research organisation OLD ABN-The Department of Primary Industries on behalf of the State of Victoria
Objective summary a) To investigate the feasibility of using onfarm composting to contain an emergency disease outbreak in the major poultry industry regions of Australia.
b) To investigate and validate the effectiveness of composting in eliminating avian viruses in poultry carcasses and litter. Trials will investigate the effects of composting on the survival of nonpathogenic strains of AI and NDV in carcasses.
c) To develop SOPs for onfarm composting of poultry mortalities for use in the event of an emergency disease outbreak. A series of trials will be conducted to optimise the composting process to meet logistical, biosecurity, public health and environmental objectives. Variations on the British Columbia and Universities of Maryland & Delaware composting models will be tested.
d) Promote the adoption of SOPs by emergency management agencies. This will be achieved through consultation with nationally coordinated working groups bringing together both federal and state government agencies responsible for handling emergency disease outbreaks (the National Carcass Disposal Steering Group and the Subcommittee on Emergency Animal Diseases).
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Project completion date Thursday, June 30, 2011
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National priority Safeguarding Australia
Rural priority Soil, water and managing natural resources
RIRDC goal CME-Manage the environment for sustainable development
Principal researcher Kevin Wilkinson
Research manager Michael Beer
Admin contact Monique Smith