POULTRY NEWSLETTER GIVES SIX TIPS FOR KEEPING BIRDS COOL IN EXTREME HEAT CONDITIONS
Because high heat and humidity for the last month have made cooling and ventilation difficult for most poultry farmers in the Broiler Belt, the July issue of the Poultry Engineering, Economics and Management newsletter gives growers six tips to consider when struggling with tunnel cooling.
"With several months of hot weather ahead, owners of confinement livestock operations should pay attention to these tips from the National Poultry Technology Center," said Guy Hall, Director of the Alabama Farmers Federation's Pork and Poultry Divisions. "By doing a better job of managing ventilation systems, farmers can save money on energy costs and get better performance from their livestock by keeping them cooler."
Following these tips will help keep animals cool.
1. Keep fan shutters, blades and fan guards clean.
2. Replace fan belts and pulleys before wear has an effect on rpm's.
3. Make sure there are no restrictions on tunnel air flow.
4. Eliminate all air leaks.
5. Keep cooling pads clean and fully wetted.
6. Monitor and maintain wind-speed and full tunnel static pressure. For more information on each of these tips, visit www.PoultryHouse.org.
The Poultry, Engineering Economics and Management newsletter is a publication of the National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University and is produced in cooperation with the U.S. Poultry and Egg and Alabama Poultry and Egg associations.