Success Stories - Poultry
Grower Rockets to All-Star Status after Implementing the Assist
When Andy from Assist Natural Products and Services met David
Marten in March of 2012, David was having inconsistent results and
his flocks were slightly above average at best. David was raising 50
day birds and like many of the growers in his area, David would
de-cake between flocks, use an ammonia control product, and treat
for beetles. Starts were consistently slow with high cull rates at
the middle and end of flocks. These issues were having a significant
impact on his profitability.
Wanting to improve his performance,
David agreed to start a trial with the Assist nutrition program.
Once David received his settlement sheets he compared the
performance of the control flock against the flock that was on the
Assist program. The trial results using the Assist products showed
significant increase in livability and payable pounds.
decided to use the Assist “Programmed Approach.” He cleaned his
water system with AWS 1200 and started sanitizing his water with the
AWS 5000. This eliminated his bio-film issues and improved the
functioning of his cool cells. David used the Assist Quickstart Plus
and Conversion nutritional products which improves the gut
microbiota and nutrient absorption. He started windrowing his litter
instead of removing it twice per year and began using Relentless
Plus and Defender to reduce the bacteria load in his litter and
barns. He found this to be very easy and effective from both a time
and an ammonia reduction standpoint.
Since implementing the full
program, David has been the top grower in six out of the last nine
flocks. His last 3 flocks were 80 points above the average! His
profitability has increased 3X!
Today, David is an ALL STAR GROWER!!
Assist program made a huge difference for my operation.
Performance has improved in every area, including
Improved Water Quality Leads to Enhanced
Performance for Broiler Breeder-Grower
Willie Marten is a successful broiler breeder-grower, but he has had
a challenge with loose birds. He sourced water from a pond on his
farm that had no filtration prior to reaching his birds. He was also
having issues with his cool cells because of algae buildup.
Willie’s son, David Marten, is also a broiler grower and had been an
Assist NPS customer for almost three years so he referred his dad to
Andy at Assist NPS. Following the Assist NPS protocol, a pre-filter
was installed along with the Stenner plug-and-play equipment to
automatically regulate the AWS dosage (no mixing or hazardous fumes
Once the water lines were cleaned with AWS 1200 to re move the
existing contaminate buildup, Willie switched over to the AWS 5000
to provide clean drinking water to his birds.
Willie was amazed at the results. The birds have tightened up, the
litter is drier, and the cool pads that were previously clogged a re
open and functioning well. The solution was simple: by adding A WS
and following our recommendations, Willie’s water quality issue has
been completely resolved and his birds are healthier.
“I am very happy with the results from the
water sanitation program. I am a big believer in Assist Natural
Products and Services.”
Water Treatment Dramatically Improves
Jerry Stuzman is a broiler grower who
was introduced to Assist NPS through his brother Nelson, a current
Assist NPS customer and advocate. Jerry was having some persistent
issues with his litter. He w anted to use chemical-free products in
his barns to control the ammonia but didn’t want to waste time and
money testing a lot of different options. Andy with Assist NPS
explained how important it is to have high-quality water for a
healthier gut and drier manure and how Assist NPS could help.
After speaking with other Assist NPS
customers, Jerry decided to give it a try. First, he cleaned his
water system with AWS 1200. Once the water lines were cleaned, Jerry
installed the Stenner plug-and -play unit to automatically measure
and inject the AWS 5000 solution into water lines, eliminating the
need to mix different products together or make any pH adjustments.
After a week, Jerry began to notice
water consumption was increasing and the birds were much tighter
than previous flocks. Additionally, the odor in his barns improved
and he even noticed an improvement in how he smelled after working
in the barns. After just a couple weeks, the birds’ water
consumption was at the highest level ever for their age. The cool
cells that were clogged were also becoming cleaner and starting to
When they came to catch his birds at
day 33, the catch crew was complaining about the size of the birds —
they said these were the biggest birds they had caught that week!
“The catch crew said that these were the
biggest birds they had caught all week! The Assist NPS water
treatment program definitely had results.”
Sees Consistent and Significant Results With the Assist NPS System.
Venner Farms is an above-average, brood-to-finish operation.
Dennis Venner originally began working with Assist to control
ammonia in the barns. After this initial success, Dennis began a
field trial with additional Assist products. Dennis is always
looking for continuous improvement and consistent results.
After implementing some management and procedure changes, Dennis
started putting his turkeys on the Assist environmental and
nutritional program. When they were day-old chicks, Dennis began
seeing some amazing improvements. His load-out was easier as some
past leg issues had gone away. He had an increase of 3% livability,
a 9% improvement in feed conversion, and a full 5% increase in
After seeing this impact, Dennis began to seek further
improvements. Water is approximately 60% of the diet, represents 70%
of the total body weight, and is the key transport medium for all
metabolic processes within the bird. Water is the only nutritional
component that is inconsistent from farm to farm.
cleaned his water system per the Assist protocol and started using
the AWS 1200 cleaner and AWS 5000 water sanitizer. The birds are
healthier and now have great tasting drinking water. Using the
Stenner Plug & Play unit there isn’t any mixing or caustic fumes to
deal with. The AWS 1200 is automatically injected into the water
Managing the environment, improving the nutrition, and
providing the best sanitized drinking water has helped Dennis reach
his goals and see consistency in his flocks. Venner Farms are now
producing healthier flocks.
“Assist NPS has helped me
continually produce healthier flocks and profits. I
absolutely recommend it.”
Improves Livability and Feed Conversion. A 15-20% Increase in
Brett Steber was referred by a current Assist customer. Brett was
dealing with severe cases of Dermatitis in consecutive flocks. Brett
is a brood to finish grower that was also dealing with slow starts.
Historically Brett was an above average grower. He spent a
considerable amount of money to retrofit his barns with new
equipment and tunnel ventilation, but livability was only around 85%
with a high feed conversion at 2.9.
After learning about the importance of water sanitation, reducing
the bacteria load in the environment, promoting gut health and
modulating the immune system, Brett implemented the “Programmed
Approach” from Assist NPS.
Once his current flock went to market he initiated a complete
cleanout removing all existing litter, followed by washing down his
barns with Assist cleaning concentrate Cyclone 55. He treated the
subsurface with Relentless Plus dry litter amendment, placed new
bedding, and then another application of Relentless Plus. Brett also
decided to switch to the Assist easy-to-use water sanitation program
(no mixing or hazardous fumes involved).
Using Assist’s Quickstart Plus, Brett is now having consistently
great starts in the brooder. The birds are more active, and 7 day
mortality has been reduced to less than 1% in some flocks compared
to 3-5% in his prior flocks.
After using the Assist NPS Programmed Approach:
- Feed conversion has gone from a high of 2.9 down to 2.5
- Livability is consistently at 93% at week 17 vs 85% in prior
- Payable pounds have increased 15% plus
- Brett is having fun growing turkeys again
“The birds are drinking more water
with better feed conversion and better health. Plus,
transfers from the brooder and load outs are quick and
Cuts Penicillin Need by 75% and Delivers one of His Best Producing
Doug Hagemeier is an above-average
turkey grower, brood-to-finish, with two farms. In recent flocks on
one of his farms Doug has been fighting Dermatitis outbreaks. These
outbreaks begin to occur around week 15 forcing him to use
penicillin on a daily basis to control his death loss. Doug was
cleaning out between flocks, washing and disinfecting, and doing
everything he knew to get the dermatitis under control.
After being referred to Andy by another
grower who understood how the Assist “Programmed Approach” worked,
Doug decided to give it a try. Doug followed the full program which
addresses water, nutrition, and the environment. Doug did a complete
clean-out following the environmental protocol with the Cyclone
cleaning concentrate to wash his barns. Relentless Plus dry litter
amendment was applied to the subsurface and on top of new litter
with an application of Defender liquid litter amendment.
Next the drinking water system was
cleaned with AWS 1200 to remove biofilm and contaminants. After the
waterlines were cleaned, Doug switched to the AWS 5000 water
sanitizer for his drinking water.
The third step of the program was the
nutrition supplement. Doug started adding Assist Quickstart plus in
the drinking water for the next 4 weeks and then switched over to
the Assist Conversion product in the drinking water for two days
every 7 days for the balance of the flock.
The results were amazing for Doug’s
flock. He had reduced his penicillin by 75%, increased his
livability, and reduced his feed conversion by 10 points (adjusted
at 42 lbs.) with an average increase of 1.0 lb. per bird compared to
his prior flock. Doug also pointed out the condition of his floors
(moisture) compared to his other farms was night and day.
Doug started his next flock on day 1 in
the brooder with Quickstart Plus and AWS 5000 and he said, “These
are the best looking birds I have seen coming out of the brooder.”
Having had one of his best producing
flocks, Doug is a believer in Assist!
“I started my next flock on day 1 with
Quickstart Plus and Assist Water Solutions… Best looking birds I
have seen coming out of the brooder.”
||About Assist NPS
Assist NPS delivers breakthrough solutions in animal
health which increase livestock producer revenue
through the science of Competitive Exclusion. Assist
NPS’s all natural, field and university-tested
solutions maximize animal health, size and
livability, and reduce feed consumption by
addressing water, environmental and nutritional
factors in livestock operations. This results in
improved animal performance, optimal production barn
conditions and increased profits for the producer.