Rotem Controllers workshop

Poultry house instrument control panel

 

 

 

 

 

Rotem’s Controllers set new standards in the poultry industry. These controllers enable poultry farmers to raise their flocks under the best conditions possible, reduce operating expenses, while increasing efficiency. These workshops will provide information on Rotem Controllers, whether you require a controller having a minimal number of relays or one capable of managing your entire operation, and which product will meet your requirements.

View of chickens inside a poultry house

 

 

 

 

 


Day 1
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Thursday, December 14, 2017 – University of Maryland’s Somerset County Extension Office  (30730 Park Drive, Princess Anne, MD 21853)

Morning Session:   8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Day 2:
Friday, December 15, 2017 – Marydel Ag Supply (164 Main Street, Marydel, DE 19964)

Morning Session:   8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Register at: RotemControllerWorkshops.eventbrite.com

Contacts:
Jon Moyle, jmoyle@umd.edu, 410-742-1178, University of Maryland Extension

Jenny Rhodes, jrhodes@umd.edu, 410-758-0166, University of Maryland Extension
Georgie Cartanza,  302-856-7303, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Download the workshop flyer >>>Rotem Workshops Dec 14 and 15 2017-1ybs7dn

This event is sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension, The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Marydel Ag Supply and Diversified.

Managing Water Quality & Litter on the Farm Sept. 26, 2017

Poultry Growers Discussion Group Meeting
When: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30pm
Where: Caroline-Dorchester County Fairground’s 4-H Park
Address: 8230 Detour Rd., Denton, MD 21629
Event Type: Poultry Growers Farm Management Meeting

Educational opportunity for poultry growers to learn more about “Managing Water Quality on the Farm,” by Mary Katherine Foy and “Litter Management,” by Dr Casey Ritz, from University of Georgia. Water is a nutrient we take for granted on our farms- birds drink twice as much water as feed they will eat. Find out more about how to better manage water quality on your farm. Managing litter between flocks and during flock impacts the performance and health of future flocks. Find out more about litter best management practices.

Register today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poultry-growers-discussion-group-meeting-tickets-36609822966
Registration is free, and nutrient management credits are available from both Maryland and Delaware. Please register early!! Register by Monday, September 24, on the Eventbrite link.

Contacts: Jon Moyle, Poultry Specialist, 410-742-1178 x309, jmoyle@umd.edu

Jenny Rhodes, Extension Educator, 410-758-0166, jrhodes@umd.edu

Georgie Cartanza, Poultry Extension Agent, 302-856-7303, cartanza@udel.edu

This workshop is open to all. **If you need special assistance, please register and let us know two weeks before the date.

Summer poultry updates

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One of the biggest challenges we face growing antibiotic-free birds is necrotic enteritis. What is necrotic enteritis and what can you do about it?

Hormone use in poultry – an expert speaks up

Here is a factual and well produced video from an extension colleague on the facts surrounding hormone use in commercial chicken production. In this video our friend, Dr. Susan Watkins, from the University of Arkansas, spells out the biological, economical and legal reasons why hormone use in modern broiler production is simply wrong. Those of us involved in this noble profession have a responsibility to let folks know that are in our circle of influence how we produce this  safe, nutritious and affordable food. I hope this video helps.

Spring cleaning for poultry houses

Many poultry farms have or will soon be cleaning out for spring. Some farms in the area are learning to handle and manage a new litter product – baled, kiln-dried shavings.  These bales are approximately 700 pounds and are filled with compressed dry (10 percent moisture) shavings.  In many cases baled litter can be delivered weeks, even months ahead of a scheduled cleanout. This fact alone allows for cleanouts and rebedding to occur in a narrower window of time.

Many farms clean out their poultry houses during spring

Baled, kiln-dried shavings. Compressing the shavings significantly reduces transportation cost to the farm. This dry bedding also helps promote fuel savings and bird health

These bales can be moved and placed equidistant down the interior of the poultry house using a set of forks

These bales can be moved and placed equidistant down the interior of the poultry house using a set of forks

The outer poly and interior netting can be removed using a knife or box cutter.

 

These shaving can then be “ pushed around” using a front end loader or the forks.

The final process (and the most critical) is leveling the litter. This can best be accomplished using a Harley rake, a rotary rake, or a hay rake. The picture below is a picture of a Harley rake . This piece of equipment has a counter-rotating drum with teeth that under high RPM’s scatters and levels the shavings using the gauge wheels for depth. These devices can be rented and are used by the landscaping business to groom top soil.

Harley rake

The result from this process is a level floor. This allows for easier leveling of water and feed lines to improve feed and water access for day-old chicks.

Level bedding inside a poultry house

 

Switchgrass as poultry bedding

The University of Delaware and Maryland and Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI)  is currently working to evaluate processed Switchgrass (Panicum vergatum) as a potential bedding material. Pictured here is a 4 year old switch grass planting in Chestertown, Md., which is predicted to yield 5 to 8 tons per acre.

Four-year old switchgrass field

Switchgrass is harvested in mid winter to early spring and requires no nutrient or watering requirements. The grass is then baled in square or round bales and can be field stored for processing in the spring. Pen studies suggest that switchgrass should be processed to less than 1 inch length for poultry bedding.

Switchgrass bedding in a poultry house in Greenwood, Del.

Here is a picture of young chicks on switch grass bedding  in a brood chamber in a Greenwood Del. farm.  The Project would like to thank the DDA, DPI, Ernest Seed Company and Amick Farms for their collaboration on this evaluation. Pictures courtesy of Jennifer Timmons.

Heating and ventilation issues in poultry houses

A smoke test will indicate where energy leaks exist

On Monday afternoon, Feb. 13, I visited a farm outside Millsboro that was experiencing heating and ventilation problems. This farm had purchased two new high performance timer fans and was only able to pull .05 static pressure.

After much investigation a smoke test revealed that air was leaking around the foundation where the sill plate meets the block foundation. I recommended to the grower that he seal this area with a commercial sealer. Static pressure tests are performed on a closed poultry house with 2- 36 inch fans or one 48 inch fan running to pull a vacuum. All areas should be completely closed to pull maximum static pressure.

Smoke from an insect fogger (using baby oil), a commercial smoke stick or even a bee smoker can then be used to direct smoke outside the house along the foundation, sidewall or any suspect areas where the affected area will pull the smoke into the building. This leak can now be easily seen. ~ Bill Brown

Local news article highlights challenges to the poultry industry

Thanks to Ron MacArthur for his recent article in the Cape Gazette (Feb. 10) 2012.

2011: A challenging year for the poultry industry

A perfect storm of economic, weather and regulatory factors combined to make 2011 one of the most challenging years on record for area poultry farmers.

Leading the storm is the escalating price of corn and soybean meal used to feed chickens, which makes up two-thirds of farmers’ costs. Delmarva’s poultry farmers spent $1 billion on feed in 2011, a 40 percent increase, or $400 million, from the previous year, which cuts right into farmers’ bottom lines.

Read the complete Cape Gazette article here