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BigTom Turkey Drinkers – Europe Sees the Difference

There are no Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey dinner traditions in the Old World, nevertheless, turkey meat spread its fame and now, there is a number of European countries like Italy, UK, and Poland who are historically holding a lead in EU turkey production and a few new producers like Germany, France, and Spain are gearing […]

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Summer Ventilation Basics Slideshow

We believe in getting back to the basics, and in poultry farming especially, the basics are the best place to start. The summer days may be getting shorter, but the summer heat is only getting hotter, and it’s imperative that barns stay cool and birds stay comfortable to avoid heat stress. This short slide show […]

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High Pressure Fogging – Another way to keep cool

When we talk about evaporative cooling, most people think first of cool pad systems. Today, however, we want to highlight the less well known but more versatile evaporative cooling that comes from fogging systems. First to clear up a little confusion of terms: Fogging, misting, and sprinklers. Some people use them interchangeably but there is […]

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Evaporative Cooling – Make heat stress less stressful

The hottest part of the year can create many challenges for growers, especially those with larger birds. Air speed is the first defense we have against heat stress, but after the outside air gets above the skin temperature of the birds (usually 95°F/35°C), it actually speeds up the discomfort of the bird, rather than alleviating […]

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Air Speed – What you need to know

During extremely hot summer months, it’s crucial that we provide chickens with as comfortable an environment as possible to avoid heat stress. Humidity is often much higher during summer months, both inside and out, so we should provide cooler, drier air for birds to find relief. Similar to dogs, chickens don’t have the mechanism to […]

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Dealing with Mortality: Incineration Vs. Composting

Of course every farmer wants all of their animals to live to achieve their full and delicious potential, but despite our best efforts sometimes we may end up with some livestock that is not so, well, alive. When faced with mortality in the herd or flock a host of issues come up, not the least […]

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Combating Seasonal Infertility Through Environment

Seasonal infertility – defined in terms of either embryo loss or abortion – is a problem that many producers face every year. But why is this a problem, and how do we limit it? In the early days of hog production, it was normal for sows to only produce one litter per year, farrowing in […]

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World Pork Expo 2017 Review

We attended the World Pork Expo just last week, and it was a blast as always. Hosted by the National Pork Producers Council, the World Pork Expo is the world’s largest pork industry-specific trade show, bringing together producers, their families, and industry professionals. With so many seminars, activities, and tents, it’s an event that you […]

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VIV Russia Review

VIV Russia 2017 A bit more than a decade ago, I experienced life in Moscow. Planning my trip to Moscow this time, I was imagining what has changed, curious to see Moscow and the poultry industry in Russia. As every capital, Moscow does not completely represent the country, and thus, Moscow has not changed dramatically […]

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Swine Ventilation – Choosing a Fan

There are several types of ventilation options that can be used, some more common than others. In the US, where the majority of pig production is done in just a handful of states, all of which suffer cold, blustery winters, negative pressure ventilation is the most common system. In areas where climate is more temperate, […]

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Swabbing Water Lines – A Better Level of Water Awareness

We know that biofilm is a tricky thing. It grows quickly, harbors bacteria, protects that bacteria from cleaning agents, and then releases those bacteria back into the water, potentially causing severe health issues. We clean and sanitize regularly to try to keep it controlled, but how can we know how much bacteria are actually inside […]

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Val Watering – The Original

For almost 40 years, Val Watering has been the industry leader in closed poultry watering systems. Old but gold, this video still speaks to the value, quality, and dependability you’ve come to trust from VAL-CO. We stand behind our product. We stand behind our customers. We always will.  

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Drinker Sanitation – Would you drink that water?

Water is arguably the most important element to consider when operating a poultry farm. It keeps birds hydrated, it encourages them to eat and is essential for the digestion of what they do eat, and it acts as an administration tool to deliver medications and supplements to keep them healthy. It is the essential solvent […]

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The Water Pressure Sweet Spot

Last week we talked about how important it is to have your drinker line at the proper height to ensure that birds can easily drink without spilling too much water on the floor. Of course this is important, but it’s not the whole picture, so this week we’re going to talk about water pressure. Let’s […]

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Drinker Line Height – The Line of Best Fit

Before we get started on why drinker line height is so important, there are a few facts you need to know: One: Chickens consume 1.75 pounds of water for every pound of feed. This is a constant. Two: Chickens have a maximum rate at which they can consume water, and this rate changes with age. […]

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The Dos & Don’ts of Improved Paw Quality

Footpad health is used as an audit criterion in US and Europe during animal welfare audits but it is a lesser concern than some other criterion. This is likely, at least in part, because growers don’t see any immediate financial incentive to improve paw quality. Integrators, however, have an incentive: chicken paws are really profitable […]

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The Mighty Poultry Mites

Mites are small but mighty… mighty destructive. Of all of the pests pestering chickens, mites be the worst offenders. There are several varieties, which we will review below, and they all cause grief in both farmers and chickens alike. They’re hard to see and harder to get rid of, so prevention is the best medicine. […]

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The Next Generation – The Future of Pork Production

As a new hire with VAL-CO coming from 20 years of service with Smithfield Pork Production, I have seen a lot of changes throughout the pork industry.  From pigs being raised outdoors to total confinement and, more currently, hotel-style gestation stalls where pigs can come and go as they choose – each of these changes […]

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PQA Plus & You

Growing up on a farm in southwest Missouri there was plenty of work to go around. My Dad and Grandpa instilled in me hard work and follow-through, expecting me to finish my job every day. My job was to care for the pigs, which included watering, feeding and making sure the environment was right. I […]

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Cage-free Layer Housing: System Meets Ventilation

Egg laying hens were brought inside in the 1950s to help protect from diseases, environmental threats, and predators. Feeding the world with low cost protein requires a commercial way of thinking. Large buildings with multi-stacked animal husbandry systems were designed to help protect the hens in a healthier and safer environment keeping cost in mind. […]

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