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The poultry industry is changing, and these changes have been accelerating greatly over the last 3 years. This is particularly so since the USDA's partial deregulation of processing plants, which essentially allowed integrators to process 25% more birds (pounds) with virtually the same overhead by running faster.
This change has resulted in a need for 25% more growing capacity and now leads to signing bonuses of $1 per sq. foot or to look at this from another angle, a check for $44,220 for every new house built; the current average is six houses representing $265,320 per farm. READ MORE
As consumers are becoming more aware of what they're putting into their bodies, the demand for poultry that's free of antibiotics is sweeping across the nation. Fast-food chains, restaurants, and public schools are rapidly jumping on the trend to offer alternative options on the menu.
Since 2007, the largest poultry producers have been voluntarily promising to reduce or eliminate the practice of using antibiotics to produce the food Americans eat. This decision has far-reaching consequences in how farmers cultivate healthy, profitable flocks regardless of whether the birds are intended to be layers or broilers. READ MORE
Ventilation's impact on flock performance is often under-realized in modern poultry feeding operations. Poultry farmers who neglect this aspect of their operation can cause untold harm to their businesses and the livestock that sustains them.
Moreover, improvements in ventilation techniques, particularly with regards to more powerful, efficient fans, along with air velocity, static pressure, air quality and humidity monitors have allowed farmers to keep more poultry in tighter spaces, thus greatly reducing cost per unit when managed effectively. The air flow, however, needs to be carefully regulated and assessed through informed means to ensure the best health of the birds throughout each grow out cycle.
Therefore, it's essential to check one's ventilation at the beginning of an operation, then to keep up a regular monitoring / maintenance schedule so as to be well positioned to quickly adapt to changing ventilation requirements as and when they arise. READ MORE
The potential spread of infectious disease must be constantly on the mind of those who run concentrated animal feeding operations. Every effort must be made to prevent the introduction of disease carrying agents to poultry stock - as there can be many unwanted consequences, ranging from a reduction in productivity to complete failure of the operation.
The concept of bio-security has been developed in order to help managers understand risk and put in place measures to safeguard their operations. Each enterprise must determine how much risk they face across every facet of the operation, in order to identify and maintain appropriate control measures. READ MORE
This week on the blog we'd like to introduce you to our founder and expert poultry farmer Terry Baker. We asked Terry some questions about his experiences so far in the poultry industry and he has some amazing insights to share. We'd love to hear your comments and experiences below. READ MORE
Traditional poultry production systems face many challenges, but one of the main ones is associated with the introduction and propagation of infection. Infectious "agents" can cause a variety of diseases, whether clinical or subclinical, which can have a significant effect on the productivity and ultimate viability of the entire business.
Bio-security is the process of managing those risks wherever possible, in order to keep the risk of infection to an absolute minimum and to prevent the spreading of various diseases from one area to another. Each business must assess its own level of risk throughout all phases of the operation and needs to implement an ongoing plan to properly manage those risks. READ MORE
Let's face it; there's been a lot of misinformation spread about how animals are treated as they're being reared for human consumption. What's classified as a "Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation" by the US EPA is often maligned by animal welfare groups as being inhumane and unethical, as animals are said to be badly mistreated during their short lives. Yet while some operations may not be up to par, the majority of people engaged in animal rearing do so with the best interests of the animal at heart - and for good reason. READ MORE
Welcome to PoultryService.com. We're delighted to welcome you to our website where our mission is help you help your birds by providing valuable knowledge, resources, products and services that have been tried and tested by experienced poultry farmers.
The team behind Poultry Services LLC has more than 27 years of experience with poultry from Florida and Alabama to North Carolina and Delmarva, and assists farmers of all kinds from family owned and run farms, to larger operations. READ MORE
- The Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy for Poultry Farmers
- Winter Ventilation Management Tips
- How To Maintain Fans And Optimize Their Performance For Improved Cooling And Reduced Costs
- Vegetative Buffers - What Are They, And What Are Their Advantages?
- Hiring A Farm Management Team
- The Importance Of Even Bird Distribution
- Increasing Poultry Farm Profitability by Hiring Help
- Our Review of Hog Slat and GrowerSELECT®
- How to Increase the Profitability of Your Poultry Farm
- Outsourcing Parts of Your Poultry Farming to Maximize Returns
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