AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program RD&E Snapshot
As we head into a new research, development and extension (RD&E) period for the Australian chicken meat industry (2022–2027), it is timely to reflect on...
Published: 3 May 2021
Author(s): Carolyn de Koning
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A common plant sown on the range by the free-range chicken meat industry is kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum). Kikuyu has its shortcomings, such as expensive seed, turning brown when dormant, and needing fertiliser and plenty of water to stay green. This project investigated other plant options that are cheaper to establish, such as grazing-tolerant lucerne, cocksfoot grass, rhizome-forming tall fescue and chicory, to provide ground coverage on commercial free-range chicken meat farms.