Ag week sessions centered around bird health
HARRINGTON, Del. (Jan. 2, 2018) — Educational sessions relating to poultry production will cover a variety or areas on Jan. 8 during Delaware Agriculture Week with a particular focus on improving bird health.
Dr. Jonathan Moyle, University of Maryland Extension poultry specialist and one of the poultry session moderators, said grant funding has helped deliver outreach programs about bird health.
Two presentations focused on poultry house ventilation by Michael Czarick, University of Georgia Extension poultry specialist, address growers’ challenge of maintaining bird health in winter months. The first, focusing on attic vents is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the second for 5:50 p.m.
“Attic vents allow us to ventilate more if you use them properly and don’t overthink it,” Moyle said, adding that growers often struggle with bird health issues during winter months and better ventilation can help.
A presentation on pest control in and around poultry houses also ties in with bird health.
The free poultry sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Delaware State Fairgrounds with remarks from Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D — Del., and a member of the House Agriculture Committee, on the upcoming Farm Bill.
Georgie Cartanza, University of Delaware Extension poultry agent will then talk about embracing change in poultry industry.
At 3:40 p.m., Kelly Nuckolls, part of the University of Maryland’s Agriculture Law Education Initiative, will address current legal issues pertaining to Delmarva poultry growers.
“We spend more time helping growers work on new regulations than anything else,” Moyle said, speaking to the necessity of growers understanding legal issues that can affect their farm.
“Growers need to learn to protect themselves,” he added, “whether it’s an undercover agent coming onto the farm or passing the farm on to a younger generation, those are the big issues we’re facing.”
Following Nuckolls’ presentation, Chris Brosch, Delaware Department of Agriculture Nutrient Management Program administrator will give updates from the program and present the annual Environmental Stewardship Award to a Delaware poultry grower.
In the evening session, following dinner, Dr. Daniel Bautista, director of the University of Delaware’s Lasher Laboratory will give poultry disease updates and discuss risk management for necrotic enteritis and respiratory disease in broilers.
Next, Lisa Coven from the Energize Delaware Farm Program will talk about on-farm energy audits and Moyle will close the sessions with a discussion on farm management for disease prevention.
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