PLT® Treated Litter More Valuable as a Fertilizer Source

With current fertilizer prices considerably higher than last year, poultry growers have an opportunity to earn more money from the sale of built-up litter. Litter treated with PLT is even more valuable because of the higher amount of inorganic nitrogen the product retains.

It’s Time to Think About Pad Treatments

The dirt pads of poultry houses will absorb ammonia from the litter over time. The longer birds have been raised in the house, the more ammonia that is absorbed into the pad. As the ammonia content of the dirt pad goes up, so does the pH.

Summertime Ammonia: Fact or Fiction?

In hot summer months, the ammonia challenge in a poultry house is just as real as it is during cold, winter months. Yet many producers continue to think that increased summer ventilation eliminates the problem. In reality, the increase in litter age and bird size compounds the ammonia challenge regardless of the time of year.

The Ideal Environment for Chick Placement

Producers are tasked with increasing a chick’s body weight 4-5 times within the first seven days. Miss one day of optimal performance and 5-7% of growth potential can be lost. Creating an ideal environment for chick placement is a crucial part of attaining the desired performance, and something that is within each producer’s control.

From the Field: Full House Brooding – Something to Consider

In the past, partial house brooding was used as a method of saving fuel. But with today’s lower fuel prices and modern, tight and well-insulated houses there’s not much of an advantage to partial house brooding. In fact, there may be more advantages to full house brooding.

Why Paw Quality Matters

Extension Professor, Tom Tabler, PhD, from Mississippi State recently provided some great insight on the importance of paw quality and how it affects broiler health and performance.

PLT Life Cycle Assessment Demonstrates Significant Reduction of CO2 Emissions

A recent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of PLT® poultry litter treatment showed the product has the power to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from poultry houses. The Sustainability Research Group at the University of Toledo evaluated the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from PLT® application in poultry house operations.

Dispelling the Myths of Summer House Preparation

One of the biggest myths regarding house preparation during summer months is that since it only takes an hour or two to heat the litter proper pre-heating time is not required. In reality, proper litter curing requires a 48-hour pre-heat regardless of the time of year.