Slats for the farm: key elements in production
In swine and poultry farming, farm slats are key elements for successful livestock production.
In pig and poultry farming, some elements are key to achieving success in animal production.
Among these elements are prevention, quality of the environment, equipment, and hygiene. Hygiene involves processes such as cleaning, disinfection, disinfestation, rat extermination, carcass, and waste management, hygiene of feed, water, drinkers and feeders.
Farm floors should provide maximum comfort for the birds or pigs that will use them. On the one hand, the materials must offer advantages to maintain farm hygiene and proper sanitation. These materials should facilitate the washing of the floors, avoid the accumulation of organic matter and feces, and be durable and resistant. On the other hand, the design of farm slats must have the most advanced technologies to ensure the welfare and safety of the animals. Therefore, they must be designed according to the legs of poultry or pigs and the productive stages that are housed on each floor.
Giordano Poultry Plast offers within its portfolio a range of equipment suitable for keeping farm environments clean and healthy, such as slats. These are products designed for poultry and swine farm floors.
The slats manufactured by GPP are made of high-quality plastic. This material is polypropylene which provides corrosion resistance, a long service life and excellent animal safety. In addition, the design of the slats allows easy cleaning and disinfection without damaging the material. Furthermore, the slats have been manufactured with a UV-stabilized copolymer, a process that reduces aging due to solar rays.
The advantage of slats for the farm is that the quality of the floor improves notably, since the birds sleep on these slats. Animal comfort is one of the pillars of animal production since it increases production yields. On the other hand, this improvement in the poultry and swine house floor translates into better hygiene, since the manure produced by the animals can be easily collected, as it remains underneath them. This system prevents the animals from being in contact with fecal matter and reduces the probability of circulation and transmission of infectious agents. In this way, this technology improves and guarantees the welfare of the animals in multiple aspects.
The special design of the farm slats allows for maximum ventilation, which increases the number of animals per square meter. This floor system prevents the accumulation of organic matter and humidity, which play an important role in the temperature of the poultry and swine house. By eliminating the accumulation of organic matter and humidity, the temperature of the floor and the animals’ environment decreases. On the farm, it is essential to control temperature and humidity since these parameters affect the performance of the animals. In some cases, inadequate management of these parameters can favor the appearance of diseases due to respiratory, eye, and skin irritation or heat stress. In this way, GPP slats contribute to the environmental balance and thermal comfort of the buildings where the animals are housed.