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Refining and promoting chicken litter use in broad acre cropping systems
Summary Interest in the use of chicken litter in broad acre cropping systems as an alternative fertiliser has increased over the past three years. The cost of conventional fertilisers and the increased availability of chicken litter in some cropping districts has driven this.

The project focuses on raising the profile of chicken litter amongst farmers, whilst ensuring that negative results do not occur, and demand for the product remains firm.

The project aims to deliver on this outcome by;
Refining the use of Diffusive Gradients in ThinFilms technology (DGT test) as a predictive tool for the use pattern of chicken litter alone and in conjunction with conventional fertiliser. And,
Establishing trial sites in SA in close proximity to chicken litter sources

Field days will be conducted at all trial sites to introduce the predictive DGT test and display the practical implications of using chicken litter.

Extension of project results will improve broadacre farmer confidence in using chicken litter as a fertiliser alternative. The chicken meat industry will be able to further value add chicken meat production systems by developing the market for chicken litter as fertiliser.
Program Chicken Meat
Research organisation Rural Directions Pty Ltd
Objective summary The objective of the project is to raise the profile of chicken litter as an alternative fertiliser amongst farmers to ensure a strong and developing market for the product in broadacre cropping systems. Extension of research results and refining the use of the DGT test as a predictive tool for chicken litter use will achieve this objective.

Further objectives of the project are to;
Refine the ‘users guide to chicken litter in broad acre cropping systems’ that will be developed as part of the current three year project
Extend research results to farmers across Australia to raise profile and improve user confidence in using chicken litter
Economic analysis to convey benefits of chicken litter
Remove barriers for farmers associated with chicken litter use
Refine the use of DGT test as a predictive tool for chicken litter use in cropping paddocks
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Project completion date Monday, June 25, 2012
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 David Heinjus