In a short period of time, Dr Liu has contributed enormously to nutritional advancements in chicken production. On receiving the Endeavour Research Fellowship, Dr Liu said she is extremely fortunate.
“The Endeavour Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for me to see firsthand what is happening in the US chicken meat industry and to see the gaps and advantages between the Australian and US markets.”
“The major difference between the industries in Australia and the US is the diet. In the US, chickens are fed a corn based diet, while the Australian chicken meat industry is wheat based,” explained Dr Liu.
“The other obvious difference is scale – everything is bigger in the US!”
The Fellowship, from the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training, will allow Dr Liu to travel to the USA for six months to learn more about poultry nutrition. Dr Liu will spend time with Professor Michael Kidd of the University of Arkansas; a genuine ‘amino acid guru’, as well as Dr Phillip Smith, a Nutritionist at Tyson Foods, the largest chicken-meat integrator in the States.