Antibiotic-Free Birds: What’s a Grower to Do?

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Consumers are demanding poultry meat from birds that have never received antibiotics. We can argue whether or not this is a good thing but the bottom line is if you want to sell chicken today you are probably going to have to forgo antibiotics in some fashion. What does this mean for growers? What role do they play in ensuring birds thrive under this consumer mandate?

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9 common litter management pitfalls

Avoiding these mistakes can lead to better performance, health and feed conversion for poultry flocks.

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Summertime Ammonia: Fact or Fiction?

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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.

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The Secret to Making Litter Clean Out Profitable

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When used as a fertilizer source, poultry litter is a valuable commodity as it is recognized as an excellent source of plant nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) and organic matter. Litter that retains a high nitrogen content is especially valuable. 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 increases even more.

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3 Factors that Impact Paw Health

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Chicken paws have become a lucrative commodity in the industry with millions in exports annually. In addition, they serve as an indicator of animal welfare during audits and can be a direct indicator of bird performance. Footpad dermatitis (FPD), the ulcerated lesions that can form on the pad of the paw, has the power to disrupt their potential. For the sake of welfare, profitability and performance, it’s important to understand how these three factors can support or challenge paw health.

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