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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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Prep Your Heaters for Winter – Checklist

Whether you use brooders or tube heaters, they both need regular maintenance to keep them working flawlessly. Be sure to always unplug and disconnect the power supply and fuel supply, and never work on a hot heater. Be safe this winter. Take care of your heaters. Subscribe to our blog!

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Choosing the Right Bedding Material

Litter is a combination of bedding material, excreta, feathers, and spilled feed and water. Bedding material is a crucial component to litter, as its role is to absorb the excess moisture from droppings and drinkers and promote drying by increasing the surface area of the house floor. Bedding acts as an insulator to protect chicks […]

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Jobsite Safety During Installation

Any jobsite where a construction project is in process is a dangerous site.   It may appear from a distance that there are minimal dangers, but all jobsites are unique and present their own challenges and safety hazards. Unlike in a controlled environment, like a manufacturing plant or an office, jobsite conditions are constantly changing every […]

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Watch your change-of-season ventilation in swine barns

Watch your change-of-season ventilation in swine barns Diane DeWitte, Extension swine educator Originally published by University of Minnesota Extension. Quick facts Ventilation removes excess heat, moisture and gas from swine barns. During weather changes, make sure your controller is set for proper ventilation. Management practices such as removing manure, cleaning and preventing dust and repairing […]

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Predators: Thieves in the Night

Predators: Thieves in the Night By: Joe Berry, Oklahoma State University Originally published in Exhibition Poultry Magazine. Playing Detective In many instances, predators leave clues to their identity when they have visited a poultry house. From these clues, the poultry producer may be able to identify the culprit and take the necessary steps to prevent […]

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