Light Traps: Pullet House Necessity, Cleaning Challenge

Posted by Jones-Hamilton Co. on Nov 18, 2020

The success of a pullet flock depends heavily on the precise management of light. Producers utilize covers called light traps and cover any areas within the house that could potentially leak light, such as tunnel fans and inlets, to prevent the introduction of outside light. These covers work well to restrict light; however, they can also restrict air flow. Given that air flow/movement is critical in managing air quality and house temperature, it is key that producers understand how light traps function so they can better control bird light exposure without sacrificing air quality.

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Winterize Cool Cell Pads for a Better Start in the Spring

Posted by Jones-Hamilton Co. on Oct 7, 2020

While the need for evaporative cooling systems is ending for the season, it’s important to remember that investing time now to properly winterize your system can significantly contribute to optimal functionality in the spring.

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Mitigate Equipment Fire Risks during Harvest Season

Posted by Jones-Hamilton Co. on Sep 16, 2020

Each year, more than $20 million in property losses and between 40 and 50 injuries occur from combine and tractor fires1. In addition to fire risk, a build-up of dust, dry chaff, leaves and other organic material can hinder equipment performance. Routine cleaning and maintenance along with basic operational precautions go a long way in preventing costly fires.

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Topics: Equipment, SWASHCOOL-CELL™, SWASH

Understanding Mineral Buildup from Hard Water on Cool Cell Pads

Posted by Jones-Hamilton Co. on Aug 13, 2020

Evaporative cooling pad systems have become an essential part of today’s tunnel-ventilated poultry house cooling system. When properly installed and maintained, they have the potential to decrease the temperature of incoming air by 20°F or more1! However, when not properly maintained, not only can the efficiency and life of this system be dramatically reduced, it may also negatively impact the air speed of tunnel fans.

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An Updated Take on an Evolving Product Line

Posted by Jones-Hamilton Co. on Jul 25, 2020

If you’ve been a SWASH™ customer or follower for a while, you might have noticed some changes in recent weeks. Back in December 2019, Jones-Hamilton Co. acquired FarmLab Innovations, LLC and the SWASH™ line of products. As a part of that transition, we have worked to become a part of the Jones-Hamilton Co. family in a number of ways.

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Topics: SWASH

Cleaning in the Era of Cage-Free Layer Housing

Posted by Jones-Hamilton Co. on Jul 14, 2020

Layer housing has changed dramatically in recent years with the U.S. egg industry adjusting to the demands of companies that have pledged to source only cage-free eggs. Approximately 18-20% of egg production in the U.S. is now cage-free with more producers slated to make the change in five to six years.

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Topics: SWASH

Biggest Cleaning Challenges in the Hatchery

Posted by Jones-Hamilton Co. on Jun 29, 2020

The State of the Industry Today

The shift to antibiotic-free broiler production has created a great biosecurity challenge for the broiler industry. Tackling this challenge must begin in the hatchery with efficient cleaning programs that prepare surfaces for the application of registered disinfectants.

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Topics: SWASH

Summer Cool Cell Preparation on Sow Farms

Posted by Jones-Hamilton Co. on Mar 26, 2020

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.

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Posted by Jones-Hamilton Co. on Mar 10, 2020

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.

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The Importance of Cleaner, Drier Hatch Trays

Posted by Jones-Hamilton Co. on Feb 11, 2020

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.

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Topics: SWASH


SWASH™ is owned by Jones-Hamilton Co., a leading provider of science-backed solutions to the animal agriculture industry. Led by industry veterans who understand the challenges faced by producers, the SWASH™ team is dedicated to providing reliable, high-quality chemicals backed by dependable customer service and knowledgeable technical support. Our team knows that every penny matters and works continuously to ensure value, maximize efficacy, and enhance the bottom line.


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