Grower Options for Spent Litter Management - User Guide Development


The Australian chicken meat industry is conscious of its environmental impacts, particularly through the production and utilisation of by-products such as spent litter. Currently most by-products are utilised through land application, though a range of other options (most notably energy generation) are potentially available for utilising spent litter. Over the past 10 years, the industry has invested significant resources to investigate the range of options for using spent litter, creating a wealth of information. This project aims to collate the available information from a number of RIRDC commissioned reports into a simple guide for industry members and to extend this information to the industry.


Chicken Meat

Research Organisation

FSA Consulting

Objective Summary

The objectives of this project are : To collate information on options for spent litter utilisation and present this in a clear, concise guide for industry members. To provide industry members with summarised information on spent litter characteristics that can be provided at point-of-sale, to help producers address their duty of care responsibilities with respect to the transfer and utilisation of spent litter. To extend this information to industry members through presentation at industry forums / workshops. To extend this information to spent litter contractors via telephone communications and face-to-face meetings.

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Project Start Date

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Project Completion Date

Monday, June 25, 2012

National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

CME-Develop and implement measures to improve industry's impact on the enviroment