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.

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