AgSpeak Blog

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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Quoting Equipment Design

We here at VAL-CO pride ourselves on providing farmers with the highest quality of products and services. We have a variety of products for every kind of barn, and it’s all supported by our tech support and quoting departments. Whether you’re looking to set up a new barn from the ground up or retrofit an […]

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Investing in Ventilation

The ideal bird environment can pay back in dividends, but if mismanaged, be costly to a farm. Investing in the bird environment will always pay better in the end. There are several primary goals to ventilation. Ventilation should: Evenly distribute fresh air to the entire flock. Remove excess heat and moisture. Limit the accumulation of […]

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Maintenance Checklist – Community Nest

Equipment maintenance is imperative to keeping things running smoothly. By cleaning the nests regularly, you can prevent transmission of disease from one flock to the next, as well as preserve the health and hatchability of the eggs. The lifespan of equipment is also prolonged when it is properly cared for, allowing farmers to catch potential […]

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Biosecurity Prevents Salmonella

This spring, The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a final update for its investigation into the outbreak of Salmonella Reading, which according to its investigation, caused 133 hospitalizations and 1 death across 42 states. The outbreak was linked to raw and ground turkey products and resulted in product recalls in 2018. Despite this particular […]

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Workplace Safety in Agriculture

Every time I see a medical helicopter fly overhead, I’m am both sad and thankful…sad for the person whose day turned disastrous, and thankful for my safety and well-being. It is a reminder of the fragility of life. Every day, workers across the country head off to work with the full expectation of returning home […]

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Grower Spotlight – Jay Goodman

Until recently, Jay Goodman was a corporate man working for a major beverage company. As the desire for the corporate life waned, he found himself on the hunt for the perfect farm. He finally found it – with the help of his younger brother – on the Delmarva Peninsula. “I came up from Georgia to […]

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AgSpeak Magazine Vol. 4, No. 1

The strongest possible commitment to customer support drives nearly everything we do at VAL-CO. In the latest edition of AgSpeak™, you will read about how we support our customers with training on the proper use and maintenance of our equipment. Our Tech Support team is available by phone 24/7 but is also hands-on and corrects […]

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