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.
Managing moisture levels in poultry houses is a vital part of producers’ efforts to improve performance and minimize a wide range of potential problems.
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:
One year ago, the SWASH™ product line was launched 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 cleanliness levels in poultry and swine houses.
Since both products save time and water as you wash fans, nest boxes, breeder ramps, farrowing rooms, nurseries and related equipment, the two can be mistaken to serve the same purpose. However, each individual product offers distinct benefits depending on your needs and goals.
Management of light exposure is an important part of pullet rearing. By regulating the number of hours of light pullets are exposed to each day, a flock is able to be prepared to begin lay in a synchronized manner regardless of time of year or geographic location. Light traps play a key role in controlling the light exposure birds receive as they develop to maturity. Because of their importance, integrators spend a significant amount of time focusing on the maintenance and cleaning of light traps. Light traps have a complex structure and can prove difficult for even the most attentive producer to clean. The honeycomb composition of the equipment allows dust and dirt to accumulate quickly, and this problematic buildup often lingers even after attempts at cleaning.
Last year, we got a clear picture of the impact of SWASH™ products across the United States. By our estimates, more than 329 farms are utilizing SWASHDUST-REPEL™ for a total of 4,789 hours saved when it comes to cleaning-related tasks. Additionally, 1.7 million gallons of water have been preserved on pig and poultry farms. We’re proud of these statistics, and can’t wait to see how they continue to grow throughout 2019. Additionally, we’re excited to learn that SWASH™ products have had a positive global impact, most notably in Australia.
Regardless of the season, bird health remains of the utmost importance to growers. While some specific concerns will certainly vary depending on region, there are a number of issues that apply to all growers. Bird health and reducing ammonia levels in poultry houses in order to protect the flock are two of these universal areas of focus. Growers understand that even a slight increase in moisture can yield a significant boost in ammonia levels in poultry houses. There are a number of problems that arise when you have excessive water lingering in these facilities. These include:
It’s hard to believe that 2018 is drawing to a close. It’s been a productive, enlightening year at FarmLab Innovations, and we extend our thanks and gratitude to all of our clients and partners. At the beginning of this year, we were focused on offering a litter amendment product to make growers’ lives easier. However our mission has always been to bring our lab to your farm, and in one of our conversations with a grower, we realized that dust buildup on fans was a continual problem. “We can fix this,” we said to ourselves. After hours spent refining our products, SWASHDUST-REPELTM and SWASHHOUSETM were born. SWASHDUST-REPELTM is now successfully used to control dust buildup on fans in poultry houses, while SWASHHOUSETM has found an important place in farrowing rooms in order to stop the development of organic matter.
In order to enjoy proper poultry house and ventilation system cleanliness, you need significant manpower. While the task of keeping poultry houses clean will always be a job that requires diligent effort, there are several steps you can take to streamline your process. Here are some tips for making it easier to keep your poultry house and all its systems, clean.