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Biosecurity Precautions to Take When Visiting Farms

I’m Darryl Moore and I’ve been in the production agriculture since 1980.  I’ve spent most of my working career in broiler breeder operations and biosecurity was always a priority.  For the past seven years I’ve worked with VAL-CO as a Territory Sales Manager collaborating with integrators like Smithfield Foods, Tyson Foods, and Butterball to provide […]

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Without Water, Everything Withers

Chicken Basics…It Pays to go Green Without Water, everything withers… The watering system in a poultry house is one of, if not the, most important pieces needed to ensure you have a good, healthy flock. With the recent pandemic event, a lot of us have flocked (pun intended) to various stores to purchase good, clean […]

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Maintenance & Care – Pan Feeding

Having clean, healthy, and abundant feed available to your chickens is crucial to their success. It’s imperative that the pan feeding system is in good working order to ensure that feed is evenly and adequately distributed throughout the flock. Follow this maintenance guide to help you keep your feed lines working well and your birds […]

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White Paper – The Practice & Purpose of Minimum Ventilation

The Practice & Purpose of Minimum Ventilation Ventilating poultry barns during cold winter months is a delicate balancing act of preserving warmth and expelling moisture. It’s imperative that heat is retained in the barn so that fuel costs stay low during the cold-weather season; however, heaters and livestock both add abundant moisture and toxic fumes […]

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Stray Voltage – An Invisible Concern

We don’t often think much about how electricity on the farm might affect the livestock. Stray voltage, however, can challenge performance. Stray voltage is small voltage, typically less than 10 volts, measure between two points that can contacted simultaneously by an animal. The voltage itself indicates a problem, but the current flowing through the animal […]

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Equipment Maintenance – Flat Chain Feeders

Preventative maintenance insures the longevity of equipment in a poultry house. There’re a few things to keep in mind when servicing equipment. Always disconnect electricity before servicing equipment. Check chain tension regularly, especially when the system is new and being broken in, and adjust the tension accordingly. After about the first three weeks, check the […]

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Why does the world love chicken?

Why does the world love chicken? It’s versatile. It’s healthy. It’s affordable.   Every culture around the world has a signature dish that revolves around chicken. Its mild taste and uniform texture make it a blank canvas for flavors, seasonings, spices, and cooking methods to appease almost any palette. It might very well be the […]

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IPPE 2020: New Product Showcase

The 2020 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia last week. The show had an astonishing 573,000 square feet of exhibit space occupied by 1,376 exhibitors. Approximately 30,000 people from all around the globe flew in to take part in educational seminars, visit with vendors, and […]

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“SILENCE OF THE CHICKENS” – PREVENTING PECKING AND CANNIBALISM

Cannibalism is the consuming of all or parts of the same species.  This is a common occurrence in poultry barns of all different types including cage systems, aviaries, floor pens, outdoor, and free-range flocks.  Paying close attention to your flock’s health and behavior is vital to stopping what could be a widespread dilemma throughout your […]

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Caring for Water Lines During NAE Production

Over the past few years producers, integrators, and manufacturers have worked hard to develop an antibiotic-free poultry production system that works. The system uses a series of supplements such as probiotics, prebiotics, essential oils or additional electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals to encourage healthy intestinal flora and build resistance to disease. However, with time, we’ve started […]

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How to minimize sow stress, aggression in group housing

How to minimize sow stress, aggression in group housing Producers are increasing docility and maintaining efficiency with group sow housing. BY DEVEN KING Originally posted here on WattAgNet. Automatic sow feeders, coupled with strategic waterer placement allows sows to have a clean, comfortable sleeping area, according to Joel Phelps, pork producer and president of Great Lakes […]

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2019 – A Year in Review

This year wasn’t always glitter and gold, but despite economic challenges and rampant disease, it was a year for growth and development. Tradeshows IPPE is always our biggest show, and we were happy to be able to welcome guests to our booth. We shared new products and industry leaders alike. We offered V-Talks and educational […]

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Getting NAE Chicks Off to the Best Start

With consumers and welfare groups pushing for antibiotic free production of poultry products, farmers are faced with many obstacles. How can farmers reduce antibiotic dependence and still remain profitable? It’s a challenge, for sure, but there has been a flood of research to solve the problem. Scientists and nutrition experts have found that the birds’ gut […]

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Practices of Agricultural Biosecurity

Practices of Agricultural Biosecurity Biosecurity is the prevention of spreading pests and diseases among livestock.   Not only is it the farm’s responsibility, but the responsibility of everyone who works in the industry, from the grower to employees, visitors, and service personnel.  Infectious disease can be spread from farm to farm though pathogens carried on objects, […]

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Maintain Water Lines to Limit House Moisture Levels

In cold weather, there are many factors that create a good environment for animals. Since one of the primary essentials for life is air, ventilation may be what immediately comes to mind. We must maintain the oxygen levels in the barn since oxygen is inhaled by the animals and used to produce energy needed to […]

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Seasonal Audit – Minimum Ventilation

During winter we use minimum ventilation to balance fresh air intake with heat conservation. House tightness should be the first thing on your winter prep checklist. Heat lost through building air leaks causes the heaters to run excessively and waste fuel. Air leaks can also cause cold air drafts that can chill livestock, create cold […]

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Hybrid-Positive Pressure System: A New Design Concept

Hybrid-Positive Pressure System: A New Design Concept  Most poultry houses are designed using a negative pressure ventilation program, but free-range facilities must be thought about differently. Because free-range farms must provide outside access for birds, pop-doors are built into the walls. These doors are often required to be open for long periods of time, if […]

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Ventilation Flow Simulation Makes Better Barn Design

  Solidworks Flow Simulation is a useful tool for companies like VAL-CO that design ventilation equipment for major livestock facilities of egg and meat production.  It is extremely important to keep animals healthy and the most important factor (over and above feeding and watering) is good air quality.  VAL-CO engineers can predict with great accuracy […]

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Tips for Winter Brooding

Winter farming comes with a unique set of challenges, especially where litter and air quality are concerned. Respiratory diseases are common in winter when there is less ventilation, and their prevalence has only been increasing since the use of antibiotics has been on the decline. Brooding is arguably the most important developmental stage and eliminating […]

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