The South Australian Research and Development Institute and the University of Adelaide have formed the Southern Star Poultry Alliance, which will focus on animal welfare research in chicken meat and egg production, according to reports.

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The alliance hopes to determine an appropriate hen stocking density for free-range egg production, said Professor Alan Tilbrook, livestock and farming systems research chief for the Institute. "What we'll be doing through the Southern Star Poultry Alliance is strategic, focused research that will be rigorous to try and get an outcome that will be acceptable right across the community," said Tilbrook.