What is common with Successful Poultry Farmers Part 2
3. Hunger to Be the Best
Successful growers are always trying to learn new information, find better ways to do things, and excel at what they do. They quiz their service tech for new information and about what’s going on in the poultry world. They read any information their integrator puts out as well as any Extension publications related to poultry production and management.
Most integrators have grower meetings at least once a year where they bring their growers together and update them on the latest happenings, invite speakers to discuss important topics, present disease and biosecurity updates, and provide information to help ensure their growers’ success. Even though these grower meetings mean leaving the farm, which, as a general rule, successful growers rarely like to do, they are important in order to stay up-to-date, and they let the integrator know, by your presence, that you want to learn all you can and do the best job possible.
Successful growers are always asking questions of their service tech, complex manager, integrator veterinarian, Extension personnel, and other growers. Again, they have a strong work ethic, a passion to learn new things, and a desire to be a better grower.
4. Good Water Quality (in an NAE World)
Good water is not a personal trait or characteristic, but it is critical to be a successful grower in today’s poultry-growing environment. There was a time when we really didn’t think too much about water if it was available when the birds wanted a drink, or when we needed to run the cool cells. We drilled our wells, plumbed everything in, turned it on, and never thought anymore about it.
The no antibiotics ever (NAE) programs that many integrators are running today (at least to some extent) means those days of not caring about our water are long gone, and farm water quality is now a huge concern. Numerous issues, such as mineral content, bacterial load, and pH, can affect the quality of water our birds are drinking and, therefore, the health of our flocks.
In the past, the small amount of antibiotic help birds received at the hatchery and in the feed may have hidden many water-quality issues. In the NAE world of today, however, with antibiotics removed from the hatchery and the feed, water quality is playing a much bigger role in gut health than ever before.
Successful growers know what’s in their water and treat it, if necessary. Any grower having performance issues not related to management (gut sloughing, feed passage, loose droppings, wet floors, high feed conversions, and low weight gains) should have their water tested, and if necessary, treated. In many cases, poor water quality can be fixed; however, you must know what’s wrong before you can fix it.
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