We are a 2nd generation turkey farm who prides ourselves in producing light hen turkeys. Over 2 years ago I began to see lower grades and mortality spikes due to Cellulitis/Dermatitis. I began treating the disease by using penicillin once the mortality started in each flock. Using penicillin to treat the disease did lower the mortality but would not stop the cycle of the disease on my farm. I found I was treating the birds earlier and earlier to combat the disease. In June of 2011, while attending the MTGA summer meeting, the topic of water and litter acidification was presented during an educational session. I met with Todd Aaseth from Jones Hamilton during the conference and soon after at the farm. We developed a program that uses Jones Hamilton LS-PWT2 during brood, and PLT in the finishing barns before placement and again a week before normal Dermatitis outbreaks. The use of these products and an overall good management system has helped to eliminate any mortality spikes due to Dermatitis in my last four flocks.
Other noted improvements during my use of LS-PWT2/PLT have been improved plant grade of approximately 3% and livability increases of up to 4%. During the winter months, I tested ammonia levels and found that PLTtook the ppm down to zero and kept it below 25ppm for over a week. PLT has also brought value to my row crop operation by increasing my nitrogen in the manure by 9lbs/ton over the last 2 years. My manure samples from 2014 averages 61.5 lbs. of nitrogen per ton of manure.
I believe LS-PWT2/PLT are very good tools to help control environmental factors that I had little control of before using these products. I want to thank Todd Aaseth, Dr. Trisha Marsh Johnson, DVM, MAM and Jones-Hamilton for helping me regain control over Dermatitis and get back to a high level of hen production.
-Paul Kvistad, Paul Kvistad Poultry, Wood Lake, MN
I have been growing broilers since 1990. At the beginning, we had a few grow-outs then the company cleaned out the litter to the ground after each grow-out. This was continued for several years until the company allowed the growers to begin to grow on built-up litter. After we started growing on built-up litter the ammonia level wasn’t bad at first, but it began to significantly increase when we changed from curtain sidewalls to solid sidewalls. We started running more fan time to exhaust the ammonia which meant more costly heat time with propane. We had to do something about the ammonia. I found one product that worked well for us, but no one stocked it in our County so I had to become a dealer. After several years of this, I heard about PLT and how well is was working well for growers. I went to a PLT demonstration and after seeing how quick it began to eliminate the ammonia, I asked the Jones-Hamilton representative about becoming a dealer. I have been using and selling PLT for several years now with great success.
“Ten years ago a local university advised me to meet with a representative of the Jones-Hamilton Co. to discuss my performance problems. At that time, our farm’s five flock average was ranked 74th. We started using PLT whole house and several flocks later we added PWT to our standard operating procedures. In approximately one and a half years, we improved our five flock average to number two. We have used PLT and LS-PWT2 with every flock since that time and plan to continue with the program.”
“I have been using PLT whole house for more than one and a half years. I have sold number one in each of the last five flocks and am currently ranked number one for my five flock average. I feel PLT is a major reason for my success.”
I’ve been growing turkeys since 1984. As we’ve all seen, farm performance seems to slip from time to time even though management consistently stays the same. That happened to my farm over the past two years. I was asked to give PLT and LS-PWT2 a try to acidify the floors as well as the water to reduce the stress on the poults at move over and throughout the grow out. From our flock in the fall of 2010 until now I have been on the Jones-Hamilton Co recommended regimen for PLT and LS-PWT.
I have been amazed at how my farm’s performance has improved on a consistent basis since we started. We have had increased profits of 18% per flock on average, had better weight gain per day, reduced condemnation in the processing plant, and have had no cellulitis in any of our houses. What is really exciting is that we marketed the birds on average 1 day per age earlier on the PLT/LS-PWT program than a year ago and increased our gain per day by 0.0083 pounds on average in the past 6 flocks. We also gained on average ¾ of a pound more on a day younger bird. Yes, I am a believer that acidifying the floors and water have been the major contributors to our increase in profitability.