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In this study on the effects of PLT litter amendment on fuel costs and bird performance, the farms that used PLT showed a significant drop in fuel costs due to the elimination of ammonia. Furthermore, bird weights improved generating additional revenue.
A comparison study of three farms showed the wide reaching effects of PLT litter amendment, including how it significantly and consistently lowered ammonia and litter pH for significant fuel savings during summer months.
Broiler’s welfare status is better than at any time in the history of modern poultry production. The advent of new technology such as solid sidewall, tunnel ventilation and automated housing provides birds with comfortable living conditions. Learn how to adopt and properly implement these technologies.
Based on current inorganic nitrogen costs, broiler litter is currently valued at $105 per ton based on its nitrogen content alone. When its value as a soil amendment with trace minerals and organic matter is considered, the value of poultry litter rises farther above the nitrogen content alone.
Good paws are integral to a complex’s profitability and are quite often the most profitable part of the chicken. The presence of paw or footpad lesions (pododermatitis or footpad dermatitis) is the number one cause of downgrades of chicken feet and can seriously erode a complex’s bottom line.
Litter management is an evolving process. Without assessing the impact of production changes, producers can easily step back on their litter management effectiveness, which can impact paw quality and overall bird health and welfare.
In the face of fuel shortages and high fuel costs, growers often make decisions regarding house preparation and brooding that they would not have made under rosier circumstances. In such events, these decisions can either minimize impact or cause harmful consequences from which the flock tends not to recover.
There are a number of tools available to producers that can help determine ammonia levels in poultry houses. While some cost hundreds of dollars and require frequent calibration, there are a number of low cost, easy to use and relatively accurate options that can be used to determine whether ammonia has reached harmful levels.
Air quality surveys are a valuable tool that allow 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. They also provide a wealth of actionable data that can be used to reduce the impact of ammonia on respiratory health.
Poultry litter is recognized as an excellent source of plant nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) and organic matter. Nitrogen (N) is excreted from birds in the form of uric acid in the manure.
Treating litter with an acidifier is a fairly common practice in poultry production, used as a way to control ammonia and maintain a favorable environment for bird welfare. While the benefits of acidification are often discussed, most people don’t often think about what qualifies a chemical as an acid, the different types of acids, and how they work.
In a study that compared PLT with two other litter amendments, only PLT-treated houses showed significantly less ammonia. Learn more about the performance of PLT as it relates to condemnations, weight and other factors.
Even though most poultry producers have specific brooding management programs, many flocks are affected by respiratory problems that can be directly attributed to a failure to follow those guidelines. Learn about three basic steps to minimize disease and performance loss.
In the last 20 years, things have changed: different housing, different chickens, different feed programs. So why haven’t many of our litter amendment programs kept pace with the increases in ammonia load in the litter?