Litter Management Plays Vital Role in Reducing Energy Costs
During cold weather, ventilation rates are often reduced to lower heating costs—resulting in higher relative humidity and ammonia concentrations which negatively affect bird performance. On the flip side, adequate ventilation to remove ammonia often requires higher fuel usage to maintain floor temperature during brooding. Either way, the bottom line impact of broiler production is felt. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to lower energy costs without lowering profits by binding the ammonia with PLT-poultry litter treatment.
- Use stir fans to mix the warmer air from the ceiling with the cooler air on the floor to promote litter drying.
- Leave houses closed in between flocks. When you open the house between flocks, floor core temperatures drop and require substantial fuel to reheat for the incoming flock. Plus, since ammonia won’t purge from cool litter, the ammonia from the previous flock will be held in the litter, creating a greater ammonia challenge for the incoming flock.
- Pre–heat a minimum of 48 hours prior to bird placement to properly cure the litter and purge ammonia.
- Apply PLT evenly on top of the litter 2-24 hours prior to bird placement. PLT eliminates ammonia allowing for drastically reduced ventilation requirements and fuel costs.
Reduce Turkey and Broiler Production Costs with PLT Investment
By treating broiler houses with PLT, ammonia is eliminated which lowers ventilation needs and fuel costs. In fact, studies have shown that fuel usage in PLT-treated houses is on average 43% less than non-treated houses, allowing the cost of PLT and its application to be recouped through fuel savings in the first two to three days of broiler production.
One study of four farms clearly showed how PLT application cut fuel consumption during winter months.
Extreme temperatures in summer and winter provide their own unique challenges, but ventilation is required all year long. So regardless of the season, ensure your fans are working at their optimal level. Are belt tensioners tight? Are fan blades clean? Even 1/8 inch of dust build up on blades is enough to affect fan performance. The build up of dust and moisture will cause the ammonia in the air coming through the fan to be highly corrosive and can cause corrosion and rust on fans in the future along with other equipment as well.
Jones-Hamilton Co. is committed to supporting the industry with innovative solutions to changing needs. Have questions? Find the representative nearest you or call (888) 858-4425 for help with any of our products.