|New Newsletter #81 - "Update: LEDs for Broiler House Lighting" - Download Newsletter Here
Current models of commercial grade LEDs have overcome early problems with the technology, and now can be an excellent choice in converting from incandescent to higher-efficiency lighting in broiler houses. In a 52-socket broiler house, power bill savings from this conversion can range from about $1,000 to $1,500 per year, with break-even payback ranging from two or three flocks to around two years, depending on circumstances. LEDs shown here are finned A19 types, which are dimmable and have proven to provide good lighting uniformity in dropped ceiling houses. Fins dissipate heat, helping extend bulb life and maintain light intensity; however, cleaning between flocks is especially important for finned types. To download the full newsletter on LEDs click here.
Newsletter #80 - "The Seven Basics of Better Brooding" - Download Newsletter Here
We get a lot of questions, and one question always stands out during winter months:"What is the silver bullet to growing chickens?" The answer is and will always be,"There is no silver bullet. There are, however, certain basics of poultry husbandry, and the growers and companies that seem to always have the advantage are typically the ones who do the best job of managing those basics during brooding. Growing chickens today is not a matter of managing by the day, but by the hour. Mistakes made in the first 72 hours can't be made up later in the flock. Taking the time to do brooding right pays off at catch time. Please click here for more information.
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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: April 3, 2014
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