Pigs and poultry

The Pigs and Poultry Science Program is part of the SARDI Livestock Sciences Research Division.

Research areas:

  • AgTech to improve pig and poultry production
  • pig reproduction
  • poultry nutrition
  • pig and poultry welfare and husbandry.

Specific areas of research interest for the pork, chicken meat and egg industries include:

  • animal nutrition
  • housing and free-range systems
  • animal production
  • animal reproduction
  • animal welfare

Research aims

We provide expertise and technology to increase the economic value of Australia’s pork and poultry industries. The research program aims to assist industry to develop production systems that:

  • are sustainable, cost and energy efficient
  • meet consumer expectations of clean, healthy food and safe food
  • meet consumer and society expectations of animal welfare-friendly production systems.

This program has 3 interacting subprograms:

  • Pig reproduction, production and welfare
  • Poultry nutrition and welfare.

Subprograms and research focus

Pig Reproduction, Health and Welfare

Our research ranges from basic scientific studies of endocrinology and embryology to highly applied studies covering:

  • nutrition-reproduction interactions
  • embryo technologies
  • seasonal effects on fertility
  • the management of breeding pigs in confinement-free housing.

This research supports the local and national pork industries and the sustainability of pork production internationally with a focus on developing countries.

We also provide education and advice, and diagnostics in support of healthy pork production.

Subprogram contact

Prof Paul Verma
Phone: +61 413 387 563 
Email: Paul.Verma@sa.gov.au

Poultry nutrition, production systems and welfare

Poultry nutrition continues to be a major focus of research and teaching activities at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy Campus. We also provide support for undergraduate practical projects, and higher degree research students.

Our research capabilities at Roseworthy Campus extend from basic science through to highly applied projects.

  • Ingredient and feed additive evaluation
  • Histomorphology
  • Energy and nutrient metabolism assays
  • Intestinal permeability and barrier function
  • Semi commercial scale growth and feeding studies
  • Various metabolic or inflammation related biomarkers.

Applied free-range production and welfare research studies are conducted on commercial farms with a focus on:

  • Plants for free-range systems and cost-effective, practical methods to re-sow the range
  • Utilisation of the range by layers and meat chickens
  • Interactions between layers and structures on the range
  • Poultry behaviour.

Subprogram contacts

Dr Reza Barekatain
Phone: (08) 8313 7720
Email: reza.barekatain@sa.gov.au

Dr Carolyn Dekoning
Phone: (08) 8313 7781
Email: carolyn.dekoning@sa.gov.au

Education, training and research groups

Education and training capabilities are an important part of the Pig and Poultry Program’s national research.

Our team helps The University of Adelaide to meet the education needs of veterinary and animal science undergraduate and post graduate students.

The program runs poultry training courses for local and overseas groups.

Program contact

Professor Jim Cox
Research Chief, Livestock and Farming Systems

SARDI Livestock and Farming Systems
JS Davies Building
Roseworthy SA 5371

Pig and poultry capability statement (PDF 386.3 KB)

Page Last Reviewed: 11 Jul 2018
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