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Susan Watkins

Susan Watkins, Ph.D, Extension Poultry Specialist, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas, O-114 POSC, Fayetteville, AR 72701, Phone (479) 575-7902, Fax (479) 575-8775, E-mail:



Poultry water line cleaning: Overrated or underappreciated?

The evidence is growing that water sanitation can be a crucial tool in addressing poor poultry flock performance.
When the poultry industry advanced from open drinkers and troughs to enclosed nipple lines, it was the perfect solution to both labor and contamination challenges. Yet, the test of time has proven that while enclosing the water supply in a poultry barn has greatly improved water’s sanitary qualities, it has not eliminated the risk of disease challenges.
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