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Newsletter #93 - Choosing Poultry House External Roof & Siding Metal Sheathing

 

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Metal roofing and siding panels have long been a durable and economic choice for exterior protection of agricultural buildings and commercial poultry housing. Building a new poultry facility is a long-term business endeavor with an expected useful life now exceeding 30 years with minimal maintenance. Growers and integrators generally recognize that achieving that goal requires adhering to to proper building standards, based on a professionally engineered structural design for the location. This newsletter explains the most important facts about metal roofing and siding panel options for poultry operations, providing a guide to making the wisest possible 30-plus-year investment decision. Click here to read the full newsletter.

 

Newsletter #92 - Evaporative Cooling vs. Dry Floors: A Balancing Act

 

wetlitterunderdrinkers We are often asked the question, "During hot weather flocks, how can I prevent wet litter in the front of my tunnel ventilated houses using evaporative cooling?" For many growers it probably isn't just the cool cells wetting the litter, but a combination of factors that can create a serious front-house moisture problem. This newsletter outlines five practical tips to help growers and companies successfully address all those factors, starting with litter preparation, and including drinker maintenance, ventilation during brooding, bird migration, and finally cool cell operation. Click here to read the full newsletter.

 

 

Report from the Field - "Exploration of Solar Power for the Modern Poultry Farm"

 

solar panels There are not many things in this world we can say are truly free – the sun’s light energy is one of them.  With the increasing cost of power being driven further and faster by the increasing bird demands, it is time poultry growers seriously consider opportunities in solar power. The problem is a system that harnesses this “free energy” is anything but free. In fact, it can be very costly, particularly if done incorrectly without full understanding of how it all works. On the other hand, if done properly with all the right supporting factors, a grower has the opportunity to lock in his future electricity costs at a constant lower rate while paying for the system. Once a system is paid for, a grower can thereafter be virtually self-sustaining in electricity well into the future with little more than the cost of insurance and maintenance for the solar system. With current electricity costs for high wind speed houses continuing to climb, this can equal a substantial boost to the grower’s bottom line. Click here to read report.

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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 NPTC Poultry Housing Team collaborating in this work includes Jim Donald - Ag Engineer, Gene Simpson - Ag Economist, Jeremiah Davis - Research Ag Engineer, 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.

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