Risk assessment of alternative litter types


The chicken meat industry requires reliable supplies of safe high quality litter for meat chicken production. The Australian industry predominantly utilises straw, wood shavings or sawdust depending on region, however the supply and cost of litter products has increased substantially over recent years, and future supply of wood products may be constrained. This has forced the industry to investigate and use alternative litters, with inconsistent quality and performance outcomes. This project will provide an industry focused risk assessment method to assess alternative litters to enable the industry to make better alternative litter choices.


Chicken Meat

Research Organisation

Integrity Ag and Environment Pty Ltd

Objective Summary

Specific objectives of this project are: 1. Summarise the common hazards and risks that are applicable to alternative litter 2. Develop a risk assessment method for alternative litters 3. Risk assessment of preferred alternative litters previously identified in AgriFutures Australia Project No PRJ-010655, and document this in a report for the industry.

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Project Start Date

Friday, August 16, 2019

Project Completion Date

Sunday, February 28, 2021

National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

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