Know How / Broilers / Housing and handling

Poultry farms rely a great deal on the technology they employ to manage a large number of birds with relatively little resource. Understanding the latest developments in housing and how they interact with bird management is therefore crucial

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POULTRY

How a borehole is saving free-range egg producer £5,000/year

Installing a borehole to draw a private water supply is resulting in cost savings of about £5,000/year for a Pembrokeshire free-range egg business. Lyn and Carol Jenkins diversified from dairy…

BROILERS

From start-up to sector leader – one broiler grower's story

Research, expert advice and attention to detail have helped one first-time broiler grower achieve some of the highest performance figures in the wholesale sector. David Hewitson's journey into broiler production…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Dutch poultry shed designed for efficiency

A Dutch poultry farmer has incorporated the latest technology when building a new shed housing more than 90,000 birds. Jake Davies visited to find out more. Faced with an investment…

BROILERS

How a Shropshire broiler grower achieves top performance

A Shropshire chicken farmer has become the biggest ever to join Aviagen’s Ross 400 Club, which recognises top performance. Charlie Simpson, who farms at Lower Heath Farm, Whitchurch, Shropshire, averaged…

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4 pitfalls to avoid when upgrading poultry shed windows

Since 1 October 2020, all buildings that house poultry have had to fit windows to meet Red Tractor standards.  For many farmers, this means retrofitting units in order to comply.…

POULTRY

Where to invest when building or upgrading poultry units

What does it cost to create a state-of-the-art poultry unit? We ask one arable farmer-turned-poultrykeeper to break down the key investment areas for anyone who wants to overhaul part of…

POULTRY

How to manage poultry housing environments in winter

Maintaining a healthy and productive environment in poultry housing requires careful management of a number of interrelated factors. Producers have to walk a fine line, balancing ventilation rates, humidity and…

POULTRY

Expert advice for preventing vermin issues on poultry farms

Vermin can leave a big dent in a poultry farm’s feed conversion figures and the damage they cause to housing and equipment is costly. As the days get shorter and…

POULTRY

A step-by-step guide to cleaning your poultry shed

Cleaning sheds and equipment between flocks is critical to reduce the presence of viruses, bacteria and protozoa, which are all potentially pathogenic to incoming stock. “The previous flock will have…

BROILERS

What to consider before installing a poultry incinerator

Incinerator suppliers are handling an increasing number of enquiries from poultry units that want to cut fallen stock disposal costs and reduce biosecurity risks from farm-to-farm collections. Any livestock farm…

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POULTRY

A guide to improving poultry shed insulation

Good insulation will keep poultry housing at an even temperature throughout the seasons, reducing heating and ventilation costs. However, older types of insulation may be less efficient due to outdated…

LAYERS

A poultrykeeper's guide to ground-source heat pumps

With farm carbon emissions under the spotlight and an increasing emphasis on sustainable agriculture, many producers are moving away from fossil fuels. Ground-source heat pumps offer a good solution for…

POULTRY

Is now the right time to go into poultry farming?

Consumer demand for eggs and poultrymeat have risen steadily over the past 10 years. Buoyant markets have already prompted hundreds of farmers to diversify into broiler and free-range egg production…

BROILERS

Faster broiler growth rates from poultry litter burning

The way a broiler shed is heated can have a significant bearing on the performance of the flock. Indirect heating of broiler sheds using biomass such as poultry litter as…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Opposition and errors hamper poultry planning applications

Poultry farmers are finding it harder than ever to get planning applications for new buildings through the system. Local authorities are making too many mistakes in the planning process and…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Wireless system aims to improve bird performance

An award-winning wireless sensor system to monitor environmental conditions in broiler sheds has been developed by researchers at University College Dublin to help find optimum conditions for bird growth. “It…