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.
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.
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.
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.
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.