Heat and broilers

cattleman123

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Location
devon
20 years ago when i used to look after 170k of broilers if we had hot weather near the end of a crop iit used to be a nightmare....hows everyone managing now,i know thundery weather is the worst...but this heat could be a big problem
 

Fogg

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Livestock Farmer
There's been a big uptake of 50 inch fans, misting systems, and evaporative cooling since Aug 2003, so the industry is better equipped to deal with extreme heat.

Still, better equipped or not, the temps forecast are terrifying.
 

cattleman123

Member
Location
devon
There's been a big uptake of 50 inch fans, misting systems, and evaporative cooling since Aug 2003, so the industry is better equipped to deal with extreme heat.

Still, better equipped or not, the temps forecast are terrifying.
Your correct their...would hate to have sheds of broilers now that were nearly ready to go
 

BAF

Member
Livestock Farmer
Just read this now. We thinned on the friday/Saturday before the heat came. We had all the covers off the fans internally and externally. The 6 big fans were going. The double doors and fire doors were open. And we had staff walking each shed every 15 minutes through the hottest 6 or 7 hours to make them get up and drink. The birds got very desensitised very quickly so people were singing, clapping, jumping and flapping to make them get up and move. It was actually pleasant in the shed becsuse the fans kept the air moving unlike outside. There was electrolytes in the water. The biggest problem was the cards in the control panel trying to melt because of the power draw running the fans. We had fans and staff with leaf blowers trying to keep them cool. It was a crazy couple of days but actually we lost no more than if it had been a normal couple of days. I do know another farm lost 800 birds the first day in 1 shed alone.
 

cattleman123

Member
Location
devon
Just read this now. We thinned on the friday/Saturday before the heat came. We had all the covers off the fans internally and externally. The 6 big fans were going. The double doors and fire doors were open. And we had staff walking each shed every 15 minutes through the hottest 6 or 7 hours to make them get up and drink. The birds got very desensitised very quickly so people were singing, clapping, jumping and flapping to make them get up and move. It was actually pleasant in the shed becsuse the fans kept the air moving unlike outside. There was electrolytes in the water. The biggest problem was the cards in the control panel trying to melt because of the power draw running the fans. We had fans and staff with leaf blowers trying to keep them cool. It was a crazy couple of days but actually we lost no more than if it had been a normal couple of days. I do know another farm lost 800 birds the first day in 1 shed alone.
Well done pleased to hear
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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