Could antibiotic use in poultry production be significantly lowered by using waste products from milling?
That’s a possibility that Dr Natalie Morgan is investigating after winning the Australian Eggs Award in the 2021 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Dr Morgan, a poultry nutritionist from the University of New England, is using her $22,000 award to fund an eight-week project to examine the effects of adding prebiotics called xylo-oligosaccharides (XOS for short) to the diets of egg-laying hens.
XOS have been studied in meat chickens, where they significantly improved gut health and production, but have yet to be investigated in egg-laying chickens.
Dr Morgan observed egg-laying hens…