Managing Respiratory Disease in Antibiotic-Free Operations

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As the number of antibiotic-free programs have increased, so has Escherichia coli and its related challenges. Treating the bacteria with an antibiotic will negate a flock’s ABF/NAE status, making alternative management methods vital.

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Ventilation, PLT & Animal Welfare

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Let’s explore what we know about the relationship between winter ventilation, fuel costs and ammonia, and how together they can greatly impact bird welfare and performance.

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Ammonia: Understand the Lifecycle, Reduce the Challenge

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Left unmanaged, ammonia can wreak havoc on bird performance, animal welfare, worker safety, and the nutrient value of litter. To understand ammonia, you must first understand the role of nitrogen in poultry production and how pH manipulation, microbial replication, moisture and temperature can be leveraged.

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Measuring animal welfare with paw health

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In a recent article, we discussed how moisture is the number one variable producers can manage to help control ammonia production, thereby boosting bird performance. However, performance gains are just the beginning. When identifying ways to improve animal welfare, moisture management and ammonia control play a pivotal role for many reasons—one being their impact on footpad health.

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Optimizing bird health through proper humidity and air movement management

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Using circulation fans aids in maintaining the proper litter moisture levels needed for a healthy ABF or NAE flock. Dr. Brian Fairchild and Mike Czarick of the University of Georgia will explain the role proper humidity and air movement management plays in proper litter management.

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From the Field: To Control Ammonia You Must First Understand It

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Poultry floor ammonia

Ammonia control is all about how you manage your litter and understanding the dynamics of the complexity of the floor environment. Over 95% of what birds are standing on today is pure manure, with organic material mixed in that is constantly being broken down. This is a highly enriched environment of microorganisms—billions of bacteria, creating an environment of emitting gases that can have negative effects on birds.

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Proper litter management strategies in an antibiotic-free setting

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Dr. Casey Ritz, from the University of Georgia, and Dr. Craig Coufal, from Texas A&M University, will present ammonia control strategies for ABF production and advice on litter microbiology and pathogen control. 

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Ammonia and Moisture: A Costly Relationship

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Increased litter moisture content increases ammonia volatility in a built-up litter program—and in a big way—making moisture control a vital part of avoiding wet floors, cake and ammonia in poultry houses. While heat also plays a significant role in ammonia volatility from built-up litter—with higher temperatures purging more ammonia from the litter—producers have little flexibility in setting house temperatures since producers must reach target surface temperatures prior to placement. Moisture is the number one variable producers have to manage to help control ammonia production, thereby boosting bird health and performance.

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