AgSpeak Blog

The “Duck” Stops Here

The “Duck” stops here…. When you think of the word “duck”, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For some of you, it probably sends you into “hunting mode” and you are making a beeline for the gun safe…sorry, that season is still several months away. But “Hey Jack”, we will have a […]

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Installing the Sentry Disinfectant Delivery System

Installing the Sentry Disinfecting System The Sentry Disinfecting System is a vehicle disinfectant delivery system that improves on-farm biosecurity. When setting up a new Sentry System, it is ideal to plan out where the trough for the undercarriage sprayer line needs to be, as well as the magnetic sensors before pouring the concrete. If the […]

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Tips for Chicks

Tips for Chicks As many of you know, preparing for your next flock of chicks is crucial to the flock’s performance.  Many growers will state that the time spent during this time out is where the “hard work” of growing birds is at.  Below are tips to get your chicks off to a great start. […]

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Spring into Action

Time to Spring into Action… I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it’s already spring and we are nearly a quarter of the way through 2020. With parts of the South already having temps in the 80’s, it will be summer before we know it and this winter will be a distant memory. […]

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Male Management for Best Performance

Male management for best performance Male management starts at placement of chicks. Floor temps need to be in the area of 98 degrees with chicks having access to heat, food, and plenty of fresh water. The caretaker must continually refresh food supply and water supply and maintain heat and ventilation, so birds are comfortable. House […]

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Is your farm on “ALERT STATUS”?

IS YOUR FARM ON “ALERT STATUS”? The current high-alert status within our country right now makes me think about how farms often go without being on “Alert” for signaling troubles before it’s too late.  Alarm systems are essential for keeping your poultry houses safe and are yet another step in preventing major losses. I’ve seen […]

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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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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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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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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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