Warmer weather is on its way, and for some parts of the country, the temperatures are already climbing. Although spring has just begun, it is time to prepare your sow barns for the longer, hotter days ahead.
Dust is an unavoidable reality in commercial broiler and layer houses. Originating from bedding, manure, feed, dander, feathers and bacteria, excessive dust can be harmful to the house and equipment, and can cause significant adverse health effects for birds and workers.
At roughly $5,000 per house, cool cell pads are one of most expensive housing investments producers make. With winter temperatures above average and spring temperatures expected to bring much of the same across the U.S., the role of evaporative cooling systems cannot be understated.
According to USDA data, U.S. pork production has risen more than 40% in the last 20 years yet the number of breeding animals has decreased. Today’s sow produces 20% more pigs per litter.
The conditions that are ideal for hatching chicks are also ideal for the growth of bacteria and molds. Therefore, cleaning and disinfecting procedures are a vital part of hatchery maintenance and necessary to prevent the build-up of organic materials and decrease the threat of microbiological contamination.
Swine manure management planning is serious business. Swine farmers have to consider a variety of factors — ranging from how much water they use when cleaning their swine houses, to the weather itself. The weather is a particular nuisance since there is little we can do to control the amount of rain we receive.
But for farmers using either manure management system – deep pit or lagoons – managing the amount of water used during cleaning will have a big impact on successful manure management. Farms that use SWASHHOUSE™, however, know that because of the revolutionary product, they are able to utilize 30 percent less water during cleaning time.
Being able to use so much less water during cleaning time is a huge benefit to those in pig production. For lagoon users — they do not have to race against the clock to pump out huge amounts of water if an unexpected rainstorm rolls through, if they’ve used significantly less water when cleaning farrowing crates, side walls, nurseries and finishers. For deep pit users – reducing water used during cleaning helps them maintain the appropriate or higher nutrient value in the deep pit system on their farms much more easily. And this means more value to them.
Beyond reducing water usage during the cleaning process, SWASHHOUSE™ has also been shown to improve sanitation and reduce required cleaning time by as much as 50 percent.
Salmonella is a huge concern right now in the poultry farming world.
Typically, poultry breeder and layer operations have a 6 - 10 month flock, followed by a 4 - 5 week down time. During that down time when the flock is gone, the farms have to go through the cleaning process, and a lot of cleaning has to be done.
If the farm or production system is having salmonella challenges, then obviously the degree of cleanliness spikes substantially.
For growers in the South, September and October can be a tricky time. In this part of the country, the warm weather doesn’t truly let up until November — at which point the temperature tends to drop quickly and drastically.
It can be tough to ensure air flow efficiency, control dust issues, keep your birds safe and comfortable, and stop power bills from skyrocketing as you transition from summer into fall and winter weather.
Here are some crucial tips for growers to keep in mind as we head into the last few months of the year:
What is your challenge in keeping your cool-cell pads clean?
That’s the question we asked our Facebook audience last month. “Dust and dirt” was the leading response, followed by “algae,” “hard water,” “iron,” and “all of the above.”
We were surprised to learn, however, that growers on many farms don’t differentiate between algae, mineral build-up, or dust and dirt — all they know is that they’re struggling to keep their cool-cell pads clean, and they’ll do whatever it takes to resolve those challenges.
Too often, this leads people to utilize treatment options that are ultimately ineffective at attacking the true issue at hand.
One year ago, the FarmLab Innovations team launched the SWASH™ product line with the goal of bringing our lab to your farm in order to offer new and innovative solutions to longstanding challenges. In that time, we have committed to revolutionizing the animal agriculture industry through these carefully formulated liquid products that boost sanitation levels in poultry and swine houses.