Cold Weather Management in the Layer House

Winter has arrived in Dutchland’s service area, and with the change in season, you may want to consider some changes in your chicken house. Winter provides a number of challenges from ventilation to feed conversion. Nutritionist Dr. Kevin Herkelman noted, “Birds...

Biosecurity Plan Required for Indemnity

A new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) confirmed in a commercial turkey farm in Indiana in January 2016 should serve as a warning to all livestock producers to remain vigilant with regard to their biosecurity procedures. In the near future, a sound...

Water Quality Affects Poultry Health & Performance

Water has many important functions in the body including temperature regulation, transport of nutrients, lubrication, transport of waste materials, and involvement in nearly all metabolic processes. A lack of water can decrease feed consumption, reduce growth rate,...

Help for Cage Layer Fatigue

We’ve all heard the old adage: “you are what you eat.” The same goes for the millions of cage layers in Dutchland’s service area. Stress combined with insufficient dietary calcium can lead to several issues, including Cage Layer Fatigue (CLF). CLF is a syndrome...

Poultry Performance Tips

Feed conversion, the ratio of feed consumed to a meat bird’s market weight, is an important measure of efficiency for any poultry producer. Anything a producer can do to improve feed efficiency will improve the profitability of the entire flock. Use the equations...