POULTRY NEWSLETTER OFFERS LITTER MANAGEMENT ADVICE
AUBURN, Ala. -- With high propane gas prices and tighter, more energy efficient poultry houses, growers must closely monitor litter for moisture and ammonia control, says the December issue of The Poultry Engineering, Economics & Management Newsletter from the National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University.
"One of the major challenges facing today's poultry grower is litter management," writes authors Jess Campbell, Jim Donald, Gene Simpson and Ken Macklin. "The introduction of attic air inlets used during brooding and in-between flocks to conserve fuel and promote drier litter is also another factor that is changing litter management practices.
The authors say specifics of any house litter management program depend on several variables. Among these are:
1. Availability of new bedding
2. Ability to store/spread the cleaned-out litter
3. Length of down time between flocks
These three factors are all interrelated from a cost and benefit to production standpoint. Understanding the relationship of these three variables from both technical and economic standpoints is crucial in deciding what can and should be done with the litter, the newsletter reports.
For more information on managing built-up litter in broiler houses, visit www.PoultryHouse.org or download the newsletter below.
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