DPI, Universities Announce On-Farm Poultry Growers' Field Day

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. is partnering with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and University of Maryland Extension to host an on-farm Poultry Growers' Field Day on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

The field day will offer practical workshops, beneficial to both beginning and experienced commercial chicken growers, on the following topics:
  • Tunnel ventilation
  • Farm safety
  • Generator and housing maintenance
  • Animal welfare
  • Controller tips
  • Radiant tube heating
  • Water quality and water line sanitation
  • Good neighbor practices and vegetative environmental buffers
  • Biosecurity
  • And more topics still to be announced
Vendors will also be present, and lunch will be provided. Most workshops and vendors will be located inside a newly constructed poultry house on fresh bedding. Growers are reminded to practice good biosecurity when traveling to and from the field day.

The workshop will take place at Rob Hawkins Farm, a new organic chicken farm near Harrington, Delaware. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., with sessions to start at 10 a.m. There will be concurrent sessions held each hour on the hour, and the event will end at 3 p.m. Nutrient management credits will be available.

The last jointly held poultry field day held on Delmarva, in 2014, had more than 300 Maryland and Delaware growers in attendance.

To register online for the Poultry Growers' Field Day, visit tinyurl.com/chixfieldday. If you are not able to register online, call Lisa Collins at (302) 856-2585 to register by phone.

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