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Feeding Broiler Litter to Beef Cattle

…roducts and other materials that can be digested only by ruminants. One by-product that can be used as a cattle feed is broiler litter.

The broiler chicken industry has long considered broiler litter a problem by-product. It has been use…

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Nutrient Content and Composition of Poultry Litter

…variations in nutrient content.

The poultry industry in Alabama is comprised primarily of broiler production. Hence, broiler litter is the number one poultry waste generated in the state. With escalating fertilizer prices, farmers are de…

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Nutrient Management Planning for Broiler AFOs

…r 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 bird compost. Once developed, a plan should be used to guide nutri…

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Phosphorus Basics: Deficiency Symptoms, Sufficiency Ranges, and Common Sources

…nure, type of bedding material, and, in the case of poultry litter, the number of flocks between cleanout. For example, broiler litter may contain 60 pounds P2O5 per ton whereas beef cattle manure may contain only 30 pounds P2O5 per ton. F…

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Fertilizing the Organic Garden

…e, poultry and cattle manures are excellent sources of nitrogen and phosphorus and help to improve soil tilth.

Moist broiler litter is equivalent to a 3-3-2 fertilizer. Cow, hog, and horse manures usually contain fewer plant nutrients th…

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Planning to Make a Cow-Calf Profit

…d store P & K in the ground during profitable years.
Shop around for fertilizer bargains (price by element used, broiler litter, bio-solids, etc.).
Increase the number of grazing days (limit, mob, strip, rotational, etc.)
Evalu…

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Mineral Requirements for Beef Cattle in Alabama

…as forages become more mature
Usually adequate when cattle graze P-fertilized grasses (with commercial fertilizer or broiler litter)

Ca:P Ratio
Because calcium and phosphorus work closely together in the body, the correct ratio…

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By-Product Feeds for Alabama Beef Cattle

…ility has been good in both stocker calves and brood cows. Gin trash makes an excellent roughage source for mixing with broiler litter. The biggest deterrents to its use as a roughage source are those associated with logistics. It is very d…

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Nutrition for Backyard Chicken Flocks

Raising chickens for eggs or meat requires the right nutrition at the right life stage. Follow these guidelines to maintain the growth, reproductive performance, and health of your backyard flock.

Farm-fresh…

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Evaluating Water Quality for Poultry

Water is the most important nutrient for poultry; survival time is limited in its absence. Birds can survive for longer periods without any other nutrient than they can survive without water.

Although water is regarded as the mos…

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Extension Leads in Advancing Alabama

In our rapidly changing digital era, Alabama Extension continues to lead in research and problem solving. Our educational outreach spans the state creating economic opportunities for residents, providing the latest resources for i…

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Poultry Pest Management

Poultry pest management is an important element in any production. Mites and lice are the most common external parasites of poultry in Alabama. The major pests include the northern fowl mite, the chicken mite, the bed bug, and several speci…

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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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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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