Are You Composting Right?

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By piling litter and organic bedding materials into long rows(windrows), many producers create compost valuable for use in planting operations. Bacterial decomposition turns the organic matter into usable compost, resulting in a product that is much more environmentally acceptable than raw litter for land application and disposal.

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Natural Poultry Production

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Today the connotation of “Natural” in poultry production is most often associated with the absence of antibiotic growth promoters (or AGPs) in feed or water. AGPs often directly influence the bacterial populations in the intestinal tract and reduce microbial use of nutrients. Natural alternatives to AGPs can also influence bacterial populations, modulate gut microflora and help to improve feed efficiency.

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5 steps to reduce antibiotic usage in animal agriculture

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A simple way to reduce antibiotic usage at any farm during a period of 2 to 3 years.

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18 Trial Meta-Analysis: effects of CALSPORIN in broiler diets

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As the industry has continued to adapt to production without antibiotics, we have learned that the earlier a probiotic is introduced into production diets, the greater the opportunity to positively impact the gut microbial balance throughout the production cycle. Among these probiotics used to stabilize gut microflora and to improve broiler performance are direct-fed microbials such as CALSPORIN®. Due to its unique modes of action, CALSPORIN® can be added to broiler feeds alone or in combination with other commonly used feed additives.

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Problem solving drinking water challenges

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The single most important nutrient provided to birds is water. Optimizing quantity and quality is essential for achieving desired performance from food animals whether they are raised organic, antibiotic free or under traditional production practices. Identifying weak points in either quality or quantity is the starting point for a good water program. 

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