The University of New England has excellent poultry research and experimental facilities.

Animal house complex

Animal House Complex

  • Eight environmentally controlled rooms (temperature and humidity controllable), each capable of accommodating 32 group cages for ME trials.
  • One brooder room capable of holding 2000 birds up to 3 weeks of age.
  • Twelve multi-purpose rooms – can be used for small type group trials or animal behaviour work.
  • Four small (one layer or 1 to 6 broilers, depending on age) closed-circuit respiration calorimeter systems.
  • 48 floor pens, 48 group cages, 96 individual cages, and 24 closed-circuit net energy chambers.

Laureldale Farm

  • Located on the north eastern side of the campus.

    Semi-commercial cage system layer shed

  • Three layer sheds with combined capacity of 8000 layers.
  • Two shed with 200 single cages each.
  • One large semi commercial shed with a capacity for 3000 layers.
  • Brand new purpose-built free range facility with a total capacity for 3000 birds, 10 -20 replicates with movable partitions.
  • 30 new renovated barn layer sheds with a capacity for 1800 birds.

Free range experimental facilities

Kirby Farm

  • Located 15 km north of the campus.
  • Three sheds, each capable of holding 3500 birds on the floor.

Isolator Unit

  • Twenty-four isolator units in a climate controlled environment, with full HEPA filtration facilities for each unit, remote monitoring of each unit for temperature, humidity etc.
  • PC2 certified from OGTR, experiments can be conducted with genetically modified organisms (e.g., vaccine).
  • Ten small isolation units each holding up to 200 broilers on the floor or 24 layers in cages. Three of these sheds are positive pressure.
  • Two large isolation sheds, each can hold 600 broilers or 300 layers in cages. A post-mortem unit is located on site.

External view of isolator facility

Internal view of isolator facility

Feed mixing

Feed mixing facilities

  • Feed mixing room attached to the Animal House complex.
  • One hammer mill.
  • Two cold pellet presses with capacities up to 180 kg/hr.
  • A brand new feed mill with steam pelleting capacity
  • Three feed mixers ranging in capacity from 2 kg to 600 kg.
  • Balances and scales of various capacities.

Nutrition laboratory

  • Proximate analyses (dry matter, ash, crude protein, crude fibre, NDF, ADF, lignin, total fat).
  • Miscellaneous analyses.
    • Nitrogen (Leco FP-2000 organic N analyser & classic Kjeldahl analyses)
    • Mineral elements (ICP, UV/Vis spectroscopy)
    • VFA (including lactate and succinate – GC)
    • Gross energy (bomb calorimetry using IKA7000 systems)
    • Various physiological & biochemical analyses (DADE automatic analyser and single and double-beam spectrophotometers)
    • Electron microscopy (TEM, SEM, probe)
    • NMR, GC-MS. LC-MS
  • Carbohydrate analyses: glucose, total starch, digestible starch, resistant starch, total dietary fibre, total NSP, soluble NSP, insoluble NSP, free sugars, oligosaccharides, uronic acid, beta-glucan (mixed linkage).
  • Specialised analyses: nutrient digestibility using marker and whole tract techniques, tannins, phytate, extract viscosity, digesta viscosity, enzyme activity.

Egg Quality Laboratory

  • Contains a full set of equipment supplied by Technical Services and Supplies, U.K., in addition to some custom-made equipment.
  • All egg quality measurements can be conducted: shell thickness, shell colour (reflectivity), shell breaking strength, egg specific gravity, albumen height, Haugh Units, yolk colour (colorimeter), shell deformation, shell weight, egg shape index, shell ultrastructure.

Gut Microbiology Laboratory

  • Microbiological analyses of feed and digesta samples using non-selective and selective cultivation techniques.
  • Isolation and characterisation of strict anaerobic bacteria.
  • Evaluation of microbial fermentation products (gases and short-chained fatty acids including lactate and succinate).
  • Molecular differentiation and identification of bacteria isolated from the gastrointestinal tract (PCR-based methods).
  • In vitro quantification of microbial fermentation in different sections of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • In vitro assessment of the survival of pathogenic bacteria in different sections of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • In vitro assessment of adherence of bacteria to the gut wall in the small intestine(PIOC method).

Immunology laboratory

  • ELISA
  • PCR

Histology Laboratory

Histology lab

  • Full range of basic and advanced histological facilities and techniques including fluorescence with high resolution digital camera image capture.
  • Digitization of structures using Video Pro and Spot softwares.

Molecular and Microarray Laboratory (PC2)

  • Established at UNE under the Primary Industries Innovation Centre (PIIC).
  • General molecular biology approaches:
    • Automated DNA extractions
    • RNA extractions
    • PCR (high throughput)
    • Robotic liquid handling
    • Agarose/ polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis
    • DNA cloning
    • DNA sequencing
  • Digital PCR bioassay
    • Absolute quantification of DNA molecules
    • Detection of rare alleles
    • Quantification of rare organisms in environmental samples
  • Gene expression:
    • Quantitative realtime PCR
    • Microarray
    • RT-PCR
  • Molecular marker system:
    • Microsatellite analysis
    • SNPs (High Resolution Melt curve analysis or HRM)
    • RAPD
  • Gene mapping:
    • Linkage mapping (Joinmap etc)
    • QTL mapping (QTL Express etc)
    • Candidate gene identification and validation
  • In situ hybridization:
    • Western blot
    • Immunohistochemistry
  • Major instruments:
    • QuantStudio 3D digital PCR system
    • 2100 Bioanalyzer
    • QIAgility pipetting robot
    • Nanodrop 8000
    • Realtime PCR machine (Rotorgene 6000, Corbett)
    • Microarray Scanner (Gene Pix Autoloader 4200 AL, Axon)
    • CAS-1200 robotics (single channel precision liquid handling system, Corbett).
    • X-tractor Gene robotics (automated nucleic acid extraction, Corbett).
    • Other general molecular laboratory facilities.
    • Beadbeater

Environmental Chemistry Analytical Facility (ECAF)

  • Designed specifically for detecting pollutants (nutrients and metals) in soil, animal waste, and water.
  • Large scale trial sites within close proximity to UNE campus.