Auburn University Poultry Ventilation and Housing           NPTC - National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University

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Four Most Recent Newsletters

#86 4 Common Minimum Ventilation Mistakes

#85 Repairing Corroded Sidewall Metal

#84 High Windspeed for Large Birds

#83 Fan Belt Tensioner Failure

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#52 Energy Auditing Houses

#59 Efficient Lighting

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New Newsletter #86 - "Four Common Minimum Ventilation Mistakes" - Download Newsletter Here


In wintertime, most of problems growers, service technicians and managers call NPTC for help on have to do with wet floors, too high ammonia, high fuel bills and poor performance. More often than not these problems are the direct result of failing to meet one or more of the four basic requirements of successful minimum ventilation. It's easy to remember what these are if you think of the acronym POST: Pressure, Openings, Source and Time.

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

corroded sidewall

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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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: December 9, 2014

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