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Nutrient Content and Composition of Poultry Litter

Poultry litter can be a nutritionally rich fertilizer for forages and row crops. But not all litter is created equal. Learn the benefits of litter and the factors that cause variations in nutrient content.

The poultry industry in Alabama…

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Calibrating Traveling Guns for Slurry Irrigation

Waste storage ponds are used on many dairy, swine, and poultry layer farms in Alabama as part of the waste management system. These ponds collect and hold animal waste generated at these operations. Most waste storage ponds are designed to …

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Effects of Diet Particle Size on Poultry Performance

Feed costs represent between 60 and 70 percent of production costs in poultry and livestock diets. Therefore, improving feed utilization has a tremendous impact on production costs. Poultry producers face the challenge of finding cost-effec…

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Poultry House Ventilation Guide

“Poultry House Ventilation Guide” is a 40-page book outlining what ventilation birds need in a house. Included is information on understanding common methods and procedures for operating modern poultry houses in minimum, transitional, and t…

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Raw Poultry Products: What do all those labels mean?

Understanding the many labels on raw poultry products can help you choose the right product for you and your family.

Local supermarkets offer consumers more choices than ever. Each time you visit the poultry section of the meat departmen…

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Protecting Backyard Flocks

Disease in backyard flocks can help be prevented by good hygiene and commonsense practices.

Cover coops and runs.
Wear dedicated clothing and shoes.
Wash hands before and after entering coop.
Lock all birds in coop and run.

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Preventing Fires in Poultry Litter Storage Structures

Poultry producers must decide what to do with litter production from their flocks. Litter must be removed from poultry houses on a regular basis and used in an environmentally sound manner. By properly managing litter, poultry producers can…

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Nutrient Management Planning for Broiler AFOs

Simple nutrient management planning can help the owner or operator of a broiler facility reduce or eliminate pollutant discharge into surface and ground waters from land application of broiler litter (bedding material and manure) and dead b…

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Economic Impact of a New Broiler House in Alabama

The entry of a new 39,600-square-foot (66’ × 600’) broiler house in Alabama causes a measurable increase in economic activity within the state in terms of construction and ongoing annual operations. Consider the following economic acti…

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Construction of a Dead-Poultry Composter

Disposing of dead birds is an on-going problem for poultry producers. Sixteen million broilers are processed weekly in Alabama, generating about 750 tons of carcasses. Disposal of these carcasses is a serious environmental problem. If it is…

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