Impact of veggie diets on ammonia production and litter conditions

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In recent years, the use of vegetarian diets combined with antibiotic free (ABF) production has created profitable opportunities for integrators. However, this approach can result in multiple challenges that can impact bird health and performance, such as coccidiosis, necrotic enteritis, pododermatitis, wet litter and increased ammonia production.

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Managing ammonia challenges after litter composting

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While in-house composting of litter may have some advantages, it can also create extra challenges in providing a proper environment for good respiratory health—namely the increase in ammonia once litter is spread back out and pre-heated for the next flock. Ammonia levels on windrowed litter are rarely below the 25 PPM needed to maintain trachael health. In fact, windrowed houses have some of the highest ammonia readings in the field. Changes in litter amendment use are needed at placement and at turn-out to whole house to overcome the increased ammonia.

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VIDEO: The Importance of Pre-Heating

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Failure to sufficiently pre-heat houses and floors prior to bird placement is one of the most common mistakes producers can make. A 48-hour pre-heat is necessary to effectively raise the core litter temperature to create a better ammonia purge and extend the life of PLT.

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One size does not fit all: Understanding application rates for PLT®

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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.

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