Submitted to: Australian Poultry Science Symposium
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/15/2005
Publication Date: 2/20/2006
Citation: Jones, D.R. 2006. Conserving and monitoring shell egg quality. Australian Poultry Science Symposium.18:198-205 Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The goal of all producers is to make a better product. In the shell egg industry, this translates to producing a higher quality egg. Egg quality can be defined in many ways. The American consumer demands a clean and sound egg that looks appealing when cracked into a skillet. The shell egg producer could define egg quality in terms of being relatively free of defects which would result in a downgrade. There are many factors that can affect egg quality. Lambrou (1986) stated that breeding, nutrition, environment and management along with egg handling, grading, storage, packaging, and transport effect egg quality. Therefore, when attempting to enhance egg quality, a producer must consider both production and processing factors.