As producers work to remove moisture from poultry houses, it’s important to understand that temperature plays a critical role in the amount of water air can hold. Humidity describes how much water is in the air; for example, at 100% RH air is at its maximum water holding capacity, while at 90% RH the air can absorb a little more water. Humidity levels of 40% allow for the air to absorb a significant amount of moisture which can then be removed from the house through ventilation.
Managing moisture levels in poultry houses is a vital part of producers’ efforts to improve performance and minimize a wide range of potential problems.
Increasing temperatures in spring and summer cause sow body temperatures to rise along with them. Prior to farrowing, ideal ambient temperature for sows is 65-68°F. At the time of farrowing, the target is 72°F. Excess heat can cause stress, which can cause costly problems, including a drop in feed intake, particularly during lactation. When sows lose body weight, it can impact pig weaning weight, farrowing rate and litter size.
Warmer weather is on its way, and for some parts of the country, the temperatures are already climbing. Although spring has just begun, it is time to prepare your sow barns for the longer, hotter days ahead.
At roughly $5,000 per house, cool cell pads are one of most expensive housing investments producers make. With winter temperatures above average and spring temperatures expected to bring much of the same across the U.S., the role of evaporative cooling systems cannot be understated.
The ideal environment for hatching chicks is the same environment which can allow for the growth of bacteria and molds. Therefore, cleaning and disinfection programs must be a vital part of each hatchery’s standard operating procedures. This is necessary to prevent the build-up of organic materials, decreasing the threat of microbiological contamination. The application of a registered disinfectant is effective only after proper cleaning and preparation of surfaces has been completed.
Swine manure management planning is serious business. Swine farmers have to consider a variety of factors ranging from how much water they use when cleaning their swine houses, to the weather itself. The weather is a particular nuisance since there is little we can do to control the amount of rain an area receives.
For growers in the South, September and October can be a tricky time. In this part of the country, the warm weather doesn’t truly let up until November — at which point the temperature tends to drop quickly and drastically. Though no matter where you grow chickens or turkeys, these tips hold true and it can be tough to ensure air flow efficiency, control dust issues, keep your birds comfortable, and stop power bills from skyrocketing as you transition from summer into fall and winter weather.
Here are some crucial tips for growers to keep in mind as we head into the last few months of the year:
What is your challenge in keeping your cool-cell pads clean?
That’s the question we asked our Facebook audience last month. “Dust and dirt” was the leading response, followed by “algae stains,” “hard water,” “iron,” and “all of the above.”
We were surprised to learn, however, that growers on many farms don’t differentiate between algae stains, mineral build-up, or dust and dirt — all they know is that they’re struggling to keep their cool-cell pads clean, and they’ll do whatever it takes to resolve those challenges.
Too often, this leads people to utilize treatment options that are ultimately ineffective at attacking the true issue at hand.
One year ago, the SWASH™ product line was launched with the goal of bringing our lab to your farm in order to offer new and innovative solutions to longstanding challenges. In that time, we have committed to revolutionizing the animal agriculture industry through these carefully formulated liquid products that boost cleanliness levels in poultry and swine houses.