Extend the Life of Evaporative Cooling Pads

Posted by FarmLab Innovations on May 26, 2020

In hot summer months, heat stress is a constant battle for producers. In broilers, heat stress can result in panting, increased water intake, decreased feed intake and eventually death.1 In swine, heat challenges have increased compared to 30 years ago, with sows generating 55-70% more metabolic heat. Add to that environmental heat, and the potential impact of heat stress rises. In swine, heat stress can cause animals to consume less feed. In addition, decreased fertility and milk production is seen in sows and decreased sperm quality in boars.2

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Maintaining Ideal Relative Humidity (RH %) in Poultry Houses

Posted by FarmLab Innovations on May 5, 2020

As producers work to remove moisture from poultry houses, it’s important to understand that temperature plays a critical role in the amount of water air can hold. Humidity describes how much water is in the air; for example, at 100% RH air is at its maximum water holding capacity, while at 90% RH the air can absorb a little more water. Humidity levels of 40% allow for the air to absorb a significant amount of moisture which can then be removed from the house through ventilation.

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Factors Affecting Moisture in Poultry Houses

Posted by FarmLab Innovations on Apr 29, 2020

Managing moisture levels in poultry houses is a vital part of producers’ efforts to improve performance and minimize a wide range of potential problems.

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Airflow in Swine Facilities Crucial in Reducing Heat Stress

Posted by FarmLab Innovations on Apr 8, 2020

Increasing temperatures in spring and summer cause sow body temperatures to rise along with them. Prior to farrowing, ideal ambient temperature for sows is 65-68°F. At the time of farrowing, the target is 72°F. Excess heat can cause stress, which can cause costly problems, including a drop in feed intake, particularly during lactation. When sows lose body weight, it can impact pig weaning weight, farrowing rate and litter size.

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Summer Cool Cell Preparation on Sow Farms

Posted by FarmLab Innovations on Mar 26, 2020

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.

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Posted by FarmLab Innovations on Mar 10, 2020

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.

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The Importance of Cleaner, Drier Hatch Trays

Posted by FarmLab Innovations on Feb 11, 2020

The ideal environment for hatching chicks is the same environment which can allow for the growth of bacteria and molds. Therefore, cleaning and disinfection programs must be a vital part of each hatchery’s standard operating procedures.  This is necessary to prevent the build-up of organic materials, decreasing the threat of microbiological contamination.  The application of a registered disinfectant is effective only after proper cleaning and preparation of surfaces has been completed.

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Topics: SWASH


Posted by FarmLab Innovations on Oct 8, 2019

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 an area receives.

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Topics: SWASHHOUSE™, SWASH for Swine™

5 Crucial Steps to Prepare Your Poultry House for Fall & Winter

Posted by FarmLab Innovations on Sep 4, 2019

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.  Though no matter where you grow chickens or turkeys, these tips hold true and it can be tough to ensure air flow efficiency, control dust issues, keep your birds 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:

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Effective Treatments Designed to Optimize the Lifespan of Your Cool-Cell Pads

Posted by FarmLab Innovations on Aug 20, 2019

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 stains,” “hard water,” “iron,” and “all of the above.”

We were surprised to learn, however, that growers on many farms don’t differentiate between algae stains, 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.

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