Australians eat greater than 6.3 billion eggs a 12 months, which is over 17.3 million eggs every day. To make sure the protected and dependable manufacturing of those thousands and thousands of eggs, Australian egg farmers are embracing know-how to assist enhance the vaccination technique of hens for higher hen welfare.
Vaccination is an costly however important a part of egg manufacturing. With hens needing to be vaccinated thrice throughout their rising stage, it means egg farmers are vaccinating their flocks a lot of the 12 months.
Within the business, manually vaccinating hens is commonplace, however new, modern know-how is now permitting egg farmers to robotically vaccinate their hens, which is enhancing occupational well being and security outcomes – decreasing bodily labour and the danger of repetitive pressure harm (RSI) for farm employees – while enhancing hen welfare.
Rowan McMonnies, Managing Director of Australian Eggs, mentioned: “Guide vaccinations are a difficult activity for farm employees, and the latest pandemic has made it arduous to supply handbook labour to assist this a part of the manufacturing course of.”
“One of many difficulties with the handbook course of is reliability because the injection can generally be ineffective, leaving the birds uncovered.”
“With hens required to be vaccinated all through their rising phases, various strategies for vaccinating like autovaccination are being adopted by the Australian egg business and we’re seeing nice outcomes.”
Valley Park Farm, a free-range egg farm in Victoria, is among the first egg farms that has adopted autovaccination, implementing electrical and pneumatic machines that may present a number of injections with elevated accuracy and repeatability.
John Fyfe, Normal Supervisor at Valley Park, mentioned: “Autovaccination is a barely dearer choice, however the advantages are far larger than the price.”
“The know-how has made the vaccinating course of extra dependable, with hens receiving a assured managed dose of a vaccine in the fitting place, and it has improved the effectivity and security of injectable vaccination for our employees by means of automation.
“Autovaccination has additionally prolonged the period and degree of immunity of our hens, serving to to keep up and enhance hen welfare, with our farms experiencing much less illness challenges since embracing the know-how.
“The machines additionally depend the variety of injections which were accomplished, enhancing the monitoring of vaccination portions, so, for instance, you possibly can affirm you’re placing 1,000 doses into 1,000 birds.
“General, our hens are safer, and we are able to spend extra time elevating them so there are higher outcomes for us long-term as a enterprise in producing wholesome eggs.”
Valley Park vaccinate 180 to 200 days a 12 months so having the autovaccine machines has grow to be a sport changer.
“With the emergence of free-range methods, further vaccines are wanted, and autovaccination will grow to be more and more necessary for illness prevention. Seeing new know-how, like autovaccination, bettering egg farms and the general business could be very thrilling and one thing the business ought to be very pleased with,” added Mr McMonnies.
“The egg business is among the most progressive agriculture industries in Australia. By implementing new know-how throughout the business, we attempt to display responsiveness to the considerations of the Australian group, which contributes to a better belief within the business. In actual fact, our latest group analysis exhibits that 8 in 10 (80%) Australians consider that know-how has improved the welfare and environmental outcomes of egg farms, and this in flip has contributed to shut to 2 in 3 (65%) Australians expressing belief within the egg business to behave responsibly.”
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