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#85 Repairing Corroded Sidewall Metal

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New Newsletter #85 - "Repairing Corroded Sidewall Metal" - Download Newsletter Here

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As cooler weather approaches, it is time for poultry growers to turn their attention to issues that can increase heating costs and hurt bird performance by allowing cold air infiltration and heat leakage. This newsletter addresses metal sidewall issues that can cause this kind of problem and reviews a new solution that NPTC began testing in 2011 and has been proven to be effective through field trials.

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Newsletter #84 - "High Wind speed for Large Birds - Practical Considerations" - Download Newsletter Here


Over the past five years, we have been seeing steep increases in wind speed requirements for large birds, from about 500 feet per minute up to 750 fpm. Why has this happened? Higher wind speed dissipates more heat from these birds, resulting in better feed conversion, faster growth rate, lower mortality, and increased yields. This newsletter outlines the most important practical engineering and economic considerations growers and companies must understand in meeting high wind speed requirements - including real-world considerations as to exactly how wind speed is defined, determined or measured.

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Mission: Improve bottom line profitability of the live production sector of the US poultry industry by providing timely applied research and education resulting in increased efficiencies in housing, equipment, energy and environmental control. Poultry housing, energy, ventilation, economics, and management problems are usually intertwined and very complex.  In trying to find solutions to these major grower and industry problems, we at Auburn University have successfully used a teamwork approach for several years. The Auburn Poultry Housing Team collaborating in this work includes Jim Donald - Ag Engineer, Gene Simpson - Ag Economist, Jesse Campbell - Poultry Housing Specialist, and Dennis Brothers - Extension Poultry Housing Specialist. Feel free to contact any team member if you have questions relating to their areas of expertise. Please note, however, that team members cannot provide design recommendations or diagnose specific problems through email.

Last Updated: November 21, 2014

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