WATT PoultryUSA - March 2017 - 69
■ Foster Farms, -15.0 mil. pounds
■ Perdue Foods, -1.0 mil. pounds
Turkey producers with
Michigan Turkey Producers
added 30,000 square feet of dry
storage and expanded the readyto-cook pack-out area in the
processing facility. The company
plans to install automation in the
first processing area in 2017.
■ Turkey Valley Farms, +31.4 mil.
■ Michigan Turkey Producers,
+23.0 mil. pounds
Foods, +16.0 mil. pounds
■ Butterball, +15.0 mil. pounds
■ Zacky & Sons Poultry, +14.7
Water spillage and dry litter?
Yes it is possible.
Even when litter under the drinker line is dry, water
spillage can still be happening because other factors
(such as ventilation, heating and litter materials) can mask
spillage to the extent that dry litter is artificially maintained.
increases planned for 2017
U.S. turkey producers with the
largest increases in pounds projected for 2017 are as follows:
■ Farbest Foods, +71.0 mil. pounds
■ Cooper Farms, +55.0 mil. pounds
■ Norbest, +35.0 million pounds
■ West Liberty Foods, +31.1 mil.
■ Tyson Foods, +30.0 mil. pounds
■ Turkey Valley Farms, +11.0 mil.
■ Virginia Poultry Growers, +10.0
Reductions in turkey
production in 2016
Three companies reduced production of pounds of live turkeys
■ Farbest Foods, -23.0 mil. pounds
March 2017 ❙ www.WATTAgNet.com
With this in mind, a focused producer will adjust water
column pressure throughout the year to match seasonal
and weather related changes. This may mean, for example,
that a producer should use significantly lower column
pressure settings during cooler weather or when ventilation
is reduced in order to maintain dry litter.
Key Directive: Drinker line column pressure must be
adjusted throughout the year to match changing
environmental conditions. Learn about best management
practices and much more at Ziggity's Poultry Watering U
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