Litter management between flocks & switchgrass bedding

Learn about how Giant Miscanthus (switchgrass) may provide a renewable bedding alternative that producers can grow on their own land.

Sep 9th, 2015
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How litter is managed before, during, and after each flock is a key factor for successful poultry growers. Litter management starts with the previous flock, and management of litter is critical between flocks. U.S. broiler growers almost exclusively use built-up litter in their houses and this webinar addresses how to successfully manage built-up litter. Pine shavings have been the bedding of choice for most of the U.S. poultry industry for several decades, but it is often in short supply. Learn about how Giant Miscanthus (switchgrass) may provide a renewable bedding alternative that producers can grow on their own land.

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This is the second webinar in the Poultry Growers Webinar Series. 


  • Strategies for controlling ammonia
  • Ways to control litter moisture levels
  • How switchgrass performs as a poultry house bedding material

This webinar is sponsored by Jones Hamilton and presented by WATT Global Media

Speaker Info:

Grimes_headshotDr. Jesse Grimes - professor of Poultry Science Department at North Carolina State University

Dr. Jesse Grimes, professor, Poultry Science Department, North Carolina State University, is an extension specialist who also conducts research and teaches. He has worked with producers on the effect of management on turkey and broiler production, reproduction, and waste handling. His research activities include examining various rearing methods and feeding regimens for the production of market and breeder turkeys to determine optimum management practices. He is also interested in methods to reduce fecal and litter nutrients of turkeys and broilers.  Grimes received B.S. degrees in wildlife biology and poultry science, an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Nutrition, all from North Carolina State. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked for three years for Perdue Farms as a broiler service supervisor.


Ritz_headshotDr. Casey Ritz - professor of Poultry Science Department at University of Georgia

  Dr. Casey Ritz, professor, Poultry Science Department, University of Georgia, has been an extension poultry specialist for over two decades, working with broiler producers on house management, environmental and waste management.  His primary focus has been the development of educational and research programs with emphasis on poultry production management and environmental issues involving waste management, nutrient management planning, water and air quality. Dr. Ritz received his B.S. in Zoology and M.S. in Animal Science from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in Poultry Science from Virginia Tech.

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