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Litter Management to Improve Flock Health

The reduction in antibiotic use in poultry farming requires a reduction in bacteria and pathogens that birds are exposed to. One way to do this is to tighten biosecurity. Another method is to improve litter management. Modern poultry farming often uses bedding for repetitive flocks. Chickens shed bacteria in their excrement, exposing subsequent flocks to […]

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The Face of Animal Agriculture

The agriculture industry faces a lot of controversy. Some animal rights groups actively spread hate and fear to often unknowledgeable consumers, and depict animal agriculture in a bad light. We are farmers. We care about our animals. We give them the best life possible. We are not that which they wrongly depict us to be. […]

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Grower Spotlight: Bryan Essex

Bryan is the Owner/Operator of 8 broiler barns in northwest Arkansas. His farm has been in operation for just about two years and has just finished its 10th flock. Every single flock has finished in the top 3, and he attributes his success to the VAL-CO system. Each of his 46×520 houses are equipped with […]

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Manage Farm Stress Using Mindfulness

I don’t have to tell you that a life in agriculture is not always an easy one. Mornings are early. Nights are late. The work is dirty, often thankless. You’re a nutritionist. A veterinarian. An accountant. A mechanic. An electrician. A maid. And some days, nothing seems to go right. But it’s ok. You’ve got […]

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Feeding Frenzy: Developing Healthy Appetites

Four important factors play into a successful brooding period. Temperature, air quality, water, and feed are all necessary to give baby birds the best jump start in life. It’s easy to focus too much on temperature, after all, day old chicks lack the ability to maintain their body temperature on their own. But the modern-day […]

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Seasonal Challenges – Summer Heat Slideshow

Summer heat can be stressful. Learn how to handle it here.   [slideshare id=99983777&doc=seasonalchallengesheatstressppt-180601203313]     Subscribe to our blog!

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