Litter moisture is one of the most important, if not the most important, litter management parameters at all times of the year. Proper litter moisture is critical to reducing ammonia formation, bacterial growth and litter caking.
Jones-Hamilton Announces PAACO Sponsorship
Jones-Hamilton Agricultural Division has become a training level sponsor of the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) for 2022 – 2023.
Ammonia Robs Efficiency from Poultry Production
Ammonia is an unavoidable consequence of animal production. These negative impacts have been proven with decades of research.
Managing Litter in Summer is Key to Profitability
Even during the hottest days of summer, full ventilation is not maintained 24/7 on chicks. As ammonia is released from the litter, ventilation programs cannot sufficiently remove it all.
Balancing Cost, Supply Chain and Sustainability in Selecting Litter Bedding Materials
The bedding material on the floor of a poultry house serves to absorb moisture, provide insulation from cold floors and cushion birds’ breasts and paws. While the purpose of the material remains constant, the type of material used does not.
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.
Higher Rates of PLT® Can Save $600-$1,200 a Flock on Fuel Costs
Increasing your PLT application rate to control more ammonia can actually help increase your net profit by lowering winter fuel costs.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Understanding Application Rates for PLT®
PLT® litter amendment has been the product of choice for 25 years because it works. However, due to the product’s longevity, application rates are often selected based on standard production practices of yesterday instead of today.
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.
Employee Engagement an Important Part of Product Traceability at Jones-Hamilton Co.
Product traceability plays an important role at Jones-Hamilton Co. While some companies may just pay lip service to the endeavor, we make sure every employee understands its importance and how their specific job contributes to the traceability of sodium bisulfate in all the various industries and applications it is used.
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: Maintain Biosecurity and Your Litter Management Program
Proper biosecurity procedures are a crucial, especially under the threat of AI. But we at Jones-Hamilton know that your litter amendment has an important role to play in ammonia control and pH manipulation even when biosecurity measures put your farm on lockdown.
Using Air Quality Surveys to Reduce Respiratory Risk, Improve Performance
Air quality surveys are a valuable tool that allows integrators to look at trends of air quality in broiler houses, serving as an effective indicator to gauge if litter amendments are being utilized effectively.