The multidimensional causal factors of ‘wet litter’ in chicken-meat production
Published on: 11/22/2016
Author/s : Mark W. Dunlop, a, b, e; Amy F. Moss, c; Peter J. Groves, c; Stuart J. Wilkinson, d; Richard M. Stuetz, b; Peter H. Selle, c;
/ a Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government, Toowoomba, Australia, b University of New South Wales, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sydney, Australia, c The University of Sydney, Poultry Research Foundation, Camden, Australia, d Feedworks, Romsey, Australia, e Poultry CRC, University of New England, Armidale,Australia.
The occurrence of ‘wet litter’ in meat chicken sheds is associated with concerns regarding animal welfare, flock health, food safety, environmental impacts and reductions in production efficiency. Mitigating wet litter will only be achieved when there is thorough understanding of the multidimensional causal factors. This will require a multidisciplinary approach to un...