Main Issues to Consider for Organic Poultry Production

Main Issues to Consider for Organic Poultry ProductionIf you are considering establishing an organic poultry enterprise there are many issues you will need to think about. These are some of the most important:

Soil type: The soil needs to be relatively free draining. Heavy, wet land not only makes access difficult, it also creates more challenges for the birds;

Shelter: Poultry need a sheltered environment. Exposed locations should be avoided if possible;

Labour: Organic poultry production is more labour intensive than conventional systems; the birds are housed in smaller groups, often in mobile housing. As the houses are often moved around the farm, there may be instances where the birds are some distance from the farm buildings;

Infrastructure: Water should be available in the house (both at the brooding and rearing stages), and preferably also on the range. You will need good access all year round, to feed, observe and manage the birds. At certain points in the rotation, the houses may be some distance from the farm yard, and this may mean a significant amount of travelling, sometimes in less than ideal weather conditions;

Capital: A considerable amount of capital investment is required to establish a successful and efficient organic poultry production unit of any reasonable size. This may, depending on whether there are existing slaughter facilities available to you, also require setting up a processing unit on farm;

Feed: The move towards 100% organic ration, increasing feed prices and the emphasis organic principles place on home grown feed mean that feed is a major consideration when considering setting up or converting to an organic poultry system.

Essentiolitt – Poultry House Disinfectant

wet litter bedding problem in poultry

Essentiolitt poultry is a litter amendment system and an efficient ammonia binder that improves bio-security on the farm. It is to be used for broilers, layers and breeders.

It reduces wetness of the litter and destroys pathogenic micro flora in the litter by acting as a disinfectant. It acts as odour control program and accentuates the growth of beneficial micro flora. Essentiolitt is a combination of specially modified clay, aluminium sulphate and a blend of essential oils targeted to destroy zoonotic micro flora like, Salmonella, Clostridia, E.coli and Campylobacter species in the litter which can be an important source of infection for the birds. The essential oils in the formulation are targeted to control urea and uric acid converting bacteria thus controlling ammonia emissions, respiratory infections and also improve the nitrogen content of the litter which makes it an important manure source.