AgSpeak Blog

Setting Up & Troubleshooting a Gas Cremator

A cremator is a great method of mortality removal. It uses relatively little energy, works quickly to reduce mortality to ash, and kills all potential pathogens in the process. Properly setting up and troubleshooting a cremator are imperative if the unit is going to function the way it was designed to, so we are here […]

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Breeder Management to Avoid Floor Eggs

Floor eggs are bound to happen, but too many floor eggs will require corrective action to prevent a recurring problem. Floor laying is habitual, and once it become routine, there is no way to stop it. Therefore, good nest setup and maintenance is necessary from the very beginning. To start, you can “train” pullets during […]

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Male Spiking to Maintain Fertility

Spiking is the addition of young broiler breeder males into an older flock to compensate for the decline in fertility that occurs around 35 weeks of age. This decline in fertility could happen for several reasons – a lack in mating interest or decrease in sperm quality, a decrease in mating efficiency or an increase […]

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Preparing for Spring – Cool Cell Pads

Spring is in the air! As the temperature starts to rise we have to start thinking ahead and getting our barns ready for warmer weather. Part of that preparation process includes cleaning up the cool cell pad system and making sure all of the necessary components are working. We’ve developed this comprehensive checklist on how […]

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How Automation Changed Broiler Breeder Rearing

Remember back in the day when breeder eggs were hand gathered from galvanized nests? Farming was a lot different then than it is now. Today, automation is in full swing and moving forward. Conventional nests are still being used today in various applications, but they require a significant amount of manual labor. From collecting eggs […]

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Nest Pad Care for Cleaner Eggs

Nest pads are used as a hygienic alternative to other nesting amendments. Straw, peat, and litter all work as nesting substrates, but hold more dirt and debris than nest pads, and often don’t allow eggs to roll out of the nest so easily, which can result in cracks and damage. Nest pads are designed with […]

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Celebrating National Agriculture Day

National Ag Day is held every year on March 14 as an effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. The National Ag Day program encourages every American to understand how food and fiber products are produced and to appreciate the role […]

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Preventing African Swine Fever in the US

For most of the 20th century, African Swine Fever had been comfortably concealed in Eastern and Southern Africa. First described in Kenya in the 1920’s as an acute hemorrhagic fever, African Swine Fever was noticed in domestic swine after they had come into contact with wildlife, primarily warthogs. With globalization and industrialization came the spread […]

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Extend Fan Life with Regular Maintenance

Fans are arguably the most important component to an effective ventilation design, and therefore require regular maintenance to keep them working at their full capacity for as long as possible. We’ve developed some guidelines to help keep performance up flock after flock. Inspect the propeller Check that it is secure on the shaft and there […]

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2019 IPPE Showcase

In case you missed it…  The 2019 International Production & Processing Expo was held February 12-14 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show expanded this year to cover all three show halls, included more that 1,400 exhibitors, and welcomed over 30,000 guests. In addition to the tradeshow, there were conferences held […]

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Winter Management of Tunnel Ventilation Devices

Wintertime weather brings its own unique challenges for growers.  Cold temperatures force growers to focus on keeping buildings warm while simultaneously maintaining good air quality without breaking the bank with heating costs.  For most of the cold weather months ventilation needs are adequately covered by “minimum ventilation” and the first couple stages of cooling. So […]

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Optimize Chick Performance with Gas-Fired, Low-intensity Infrared Heaters

Integrators and growers are continually evaluating and implementing automated technologies to produce birds more efficiently. The management of poultry houses during the early brooding stage of a chick’s life largely determines whether they will reach their full potential. Every hour that a chick’s environment is less than optimum reduces growth rate and increases feed conversion. […]

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Creative Problem Solving for Frozen Feed

This week farmers across the countries endured possibly the worst thing about winter: bitter freezing cold. Some parts of the Midwest were colder than Antarctica. In Pennsylvania, it was in the negative double digits. Frigid temps cause frozen everything, the worst of which might be frozen feed lines. And the worst thing about frozen feed […]

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Wet Litter & Antibiotic-free… BFFs?

Litter serves many roles in a poultry barn – insulation, dust bath, scratch area, and importantly, moisture absorber.  This last role is important because houses that are too dry are dusty and can lead to higher incidences of respiratory disease in birds, but too wet leads to ammonia-related illnesses including footpad dermatitis, breast blisters, and […]

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Preventing Inlet Condensation

The steep temperature difference between internal house air and external fresh air can often result in condensation around inlet openings or in the attic of the barn. Aside from being a bit frustrating to fix, it can have a serious consequence on your flock health and performance, because they are not receiving the fresh air […]

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Optimizing Attic Inlet Performance

Winter ventilation comes with a unique set of challenges. Incoming air is cold and dry, heaters seem like they are always running, and the cost of fuel is only going up. Attic inlets are sometimes used to minimize the use of heaters. The idea is that the sun would warm the attic air, which would […]

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2018 – A Year in Review

As 2018 comes to a close, we’d like to reflect on how far we have come this year.   We believe that good business goes beyond providing a high-quality product. Good business is being dependable, approachable, and committed to improving both ourselves and our industry. In 2018 we focused on perfecting our current product line […]

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Grower Spotlight: Matt & Karen Moeller

Matt Moeller and his wife, Karen, are integral members of the South Dakota hog farming community. A farmer from birth, Matt grew up with pigs on the family farm, and often worked with his father and uncle caring for the livestock. Today, Matt raises wean-to-finish hogs, without antibiotics, for Smithfield Foods. His farm has 11,000 […]

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Effective Production Starts with Biosecurity

Antibiotic-free farming is on the rise, and so are the incidences of potentially devastating diseases. Because treatment is not always an option, prevention is key, and it starts with strong biosecurity practices. Here are some points to keep in mind when designed biosecurity protocols: Keep your distance – Restrict access to property and livestock to […]

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