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June 21, 2016

Windrowing litter can reduce pressure from poultry viruses, insects and bacteria

Poultry producers looking to improve litter quality and flock health should consider windrowing – a practice that not only works to control ammonia in the reconditioned litter but also reduces pathogen and insect pressure.
Windrowing involves raking or rolling the litter into even rows. The moisture present in the rows increases litter temperature, which releases ammonia while reducing pathogens including bacteria, viruses and pests.Producers interested in windrowing should begin incorporating it into their litter-management program during moderate or warm weather, according to Casey Ritz, PhD, poultry-waste management, University of Georgia.  Read More

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