UD Extension conducts field workshops for Delmarva poultry growers

This is one of three grower field workshops the University of Delaware recently conducted for area poultry growers. A local integrator partnered with UD’s poultry team to provide hands-on education on topics like Winter Ventilation and Litter Management, Litter Reconditioning and Nipple Drinker Management. Other training included animal welfare and food safety. Here are some of the pictures from our most recent session:

A Delmarva poultry house serves as a classroom

Steven Collier left and I (Bill Brown) right, demonstrate house leakage principles using colored water:

Greg Griffith, regional sales manager for Ivesco, demonstrates how to seal a foundation plate to improve ventilation and avoid drafting birds:

Greg Griffith

Here, I am demonstrating the importance of insulation in reaching the required R values to reduce heat transfer and condensation. This is another ventilation basic:

Knowing the correct R value for your poultry house is crucial

My colleague, Steven Collier uses a smoke stick to visualize the movement of air through mixing fans while I explain the heat stratification and how mixing fans improve fuel cost and litter conditions:

Smoke test

In this last photo, you see I am holding a sponge. This exercise demonstrates the moisture holding properties of air in a chicken house as it is heated. This is another ventilation basic. (You will notice the smoke from the aforementioned smoke test had not yet settled!):

Relative humidity

Posted by MDW on behalf of Bill Brown, UD poultry Extension agent

Delaware Poultry Extension conducts Nurtrient Management Sessions during Ag Week 2012

We were pleased to play a significant role during Delaware Ag Week 2012, by presenting a variety of sessions at the Carvel REC and Harrington sites last week. The events were part of Extension’s ongoing mission to present unbiased research to the agricultural community and poultry growers in Delmarva.

Brown moderated well-attended Nutrient Management sessions at Carvel on Jan. 18, 2012

At the Carvel Georgetown location, more than 130 people attended sessions on Composting Revisited and Adding  Value to Compost and Litter (Bill Brown), What Poultry Farmers Need to Know About the Farm Bill, (Jayme Arthurs and Timothy Garrahan), CAFO Inspections: What’s Good and What Can Be Improved (W. Larry Towle), Future of Poultry Bedding on Delmarva (Tommy Johnson) and Soil Phosphorous: What Goes Up, Must Come Down, But When? (Dr. Frank Coale).  Please visit Delaware Ag Week 2012 website and gallery of images for additional information.

UDel Extension to hold Solar Technology workshops for Poultry Growers

The University of Delaware in cooperation with the Delaware Department of Agriculture invites the agricultural community to a Delaware Agricultural Solar Workshop Wednesday Feb.29at the Carvel Research and Education Center on route 9 in Georgetown, Del. There will be two sessions offered from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

The program will highlight findings from a 2011 DDA study and report titled SOLAR TECHNOLOGY GUIDE & RESOURCES V 1.10. Workshop participants were involved with this study and will be presenting up-to-date information about solar technology. Topics will include facts about the current solar regulatory environment, financial incentives, site evaluations, technology & financing options. The program will conclude with a panel of two poultry growers explaining their operations and their experiences with solar followed by a question and answer period.

To register, please email Karen Adams or call Karen at 302-856-2585 ext.540 Seating is limited and will be on a first call basis. There is no cost for attending.

UPDATE: Agenda



2:00 p.m.       Welcome –  Cory Whaley  Ag Agent

                      Opening Remarks –  Ed Kee,  Delaware Secretary of Agriculture

2:10 p.m.       Introduction of Speakers –  Bill Brown, state poultry Extension agent

                      Solar Technology Basics –   Dr. Jim Glancey, UD

2:30               Overview of Solar Technology in Delaware –  Brian White

                      Feasibility Considerations –    Barry Yerger

                      Determining if Solar is Right for Your  Operation-  Brian Yerger,
Dale Davis

3:15               Experiences with Solar (Grower Panel) –  Robbie Isaacs,
Dan Heller

3:35               Questions & Answers


Session One 2 – 4 p.m.

Session Two 6 – 8 p.m.