High ammonia levels in poultry houses can become detrimental to growers by impacting bird health, feed conversion and utility costs. Volatile ammonia is generated in litter by the microbial decomposition of uric acid, which is most favorable under alkaline conditions (pH > 7.0). USALCO’s NeutrAl3+ products react with the moisture present in litter to effectively lower the pH thus converting ammonia to ammonium (a nonvolatile form). Lower pH litter is also a less favorable environment for the ammonia producing organisms and harmful bacteria like E. Coli, Salmonella and Clostridia. Additionally, reducing litter pH has been found to decrease darkling beetle populations.
Application of USALCO’s NeutrAl3+ products as a solution to poultry house ammonia problems can also deliver the following benefits:
- Lower energy costs (heating and ventilation)
- Improved weight gains
- Higher feed conversion
- Healthier birds
- Lower mortality rates
- Higher fertilizer value (helps retain nitrogen in the litter)
- Reduced soluble phosphorous in the litter (less nutrient runoff)
NeutrAl3+ is available in two grades:
- NeutrAl3+– RG Granular
- NeutrAl3+– L Liquid
The recommended application rate for NeutrAl3+– RG is 100-200 pounds per 1000 ft2. The application rate is dependent on house ventilation, litter age, moisture content and depth. The product works best when applied between flocks. If possible, application should be done before equipment is lowered down. This will allow for the treatment of areas underneath feed trays and paper. NeutrAl3+– RG can be applied using a broadcast or drop spreader. For more challenging litter conditions, NeutrAl+3 – FG may be a better choice. The smaller particle size offers a higher surface area for enhanced activation.
The recommended application rate for NeutrAl3+– L is 20 – 40 gallons per 1000 ft2. The application rate is dependent on house ventilation, litter age and depth. Since it is a liquid and more acidic, it does not require as much moisture for activation. Apply between flocks before bird placement. Application should be done before equipment is lowered down. This will allow for the treatment of areas underneath feed trays and paper. Due to the corrosive nature of the material, it should not come in contact with equipment or personnel. NeutrAl3+– L should be applied by a trained operator using the proper spray equipment. For applications with the most extreme ammonia volatilization issues USALCO offers NeutrAl3+– LA, a more reactive version of our NeutrAl3+– L product.
Please consult the SDS for proper PPE and handling, which can be found at www.usalco.com