The negative impact of a poor growing environment to your animal’s health is well documented. Assist focuses on three areas including litter management in poultry barns, barn and equipment cleaning and sanitation along with proper lagoon maintenance.

Assist’s focus on promoting and maintaining healthy litter by accelerating the breakdown and release of ammonia in the litter. Assist’s cleaning products thoroughly clean and disinfect all hard and soft surfaces in the barn. Both steps dramatically minimize the growth of unwanted and disease carrying pathogen.

Assist’s lagoon maintenance program fixes common problems with poorly maintained lagoons by reducing sludge and odor and otherwise returning the lagoon to working at peak efficiency.

Establishing a complete all around program that addresses ammonia, pathogen growth and lagoon maintenance insures a healthy environment for every animal every day.

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What we do?

  • Regenerate and maintain healthy litter in all poultry barns
  • Clean and disinfect all hard and soft surfaces inside the barn
  • Improve the efficiency of lagoons
  • Complete non-chemical environmental management program

What are the benefits?

  • Reduce ammonia
  • Remove bio-film and reduce harmful bacteria
  • Reduce lagoon solids and odor
  • Improve livability and weight gain
  • Help control excess moisture in the barn
Environment FAQs
What causes the ammonia levels to be so high in my barn?

Over half of the nitrogen excreted by chickens and turkeys is lost to the atmosphere as ammonia before the litter is removed from the house. Lower ammonia levels in poultry houses results in improved production efficiency, better feed conversion, increased live weights and decreased mortality.

Can high ammonia levels really be toxic to my birds?

Ammonia can do a lot of harm to the animal — especially the respiratory system. Further, it can effect overall animal health and welfare.  As suggested by Joseph B. Hess, Extension Poultry Scientist and Associate Professor in the Department of Poultry Science at Auburn University, “The detrimental effects of ammonia in poultry production have been known for years. Numerous laboratory and field studies have shown how ammonia levels as low as 10 parts per million (ppm) affect bird health and performance.”

What other negative effects do high ammonia levels cause?

Body weight, feed-efficiency, and condemnation rate may be higher in birds exposed to levels of ammonia exceeding 10 ppm. Once the respiratory system is compromised, this effectively opens the door for adverse species of bacteria to grow and populate the gut.

Body weight, feed-efficiency, and condemnation rate may be higher in birds exposed to levels of ammonia exceeding 10 ppm. Once the respiratory system is compromised, this effectively opens the door for adverse species of bacteria to grow and populate the gut.

Should Assist’s litter amendment be applied to clay/dirt floors prior to new shavings being added? If so, how much?

For best results with ammonia odor control, it is highly recommended the clay floors be sprayed prior to spreading any shavings. Spray 1/2 gallon of the litter amendment concentrate per 1,000 square feet of barn space. Dilute the concentrated product per the instructions above and spray directly onto the clay floor.

Can Assist’s litter amendment products be applied when birds are already in the barn to control ammonia?

Yes, these products are OMRI Organic Certified and are safe for use around birds. Applying at a rate of ½ gallon per 1000 sq. foot of barn floor will be safe for the birds as well as provide significant ammonia odor control.

How can I control sludge build-up in my hog, poultry or dairy lagoon?

Sludge accumulation is a common problem in aging lagoons. Excess solids from inside the barn are released into the lagoon at a rate in which the natural biological system simply cannot keep up. This results in a heavy build-up in the lagoon, which consequently reduces the design efficiency and overall capacity for treatment. Assist’s Pit Perfect is an ideal additive to help bio-digest excess sludge build-up. This helps return the lagoon to peak performance, dramatically reducing the need to mechanically remove these solids.

Many of my neighbors complain about how my lagoon smells. Is it possible to reduce those bad odors?

As discussed above, the lagoon loses its efficiency to treat waste effectively due to excess build-ups of solids. The natural biological system is simply overwhelmed and creates an environment where odor-causing bacteria grow. Assist’s Pit Perfect stimulates bioactivity by rapidly breaking down and consuming solids build-up in the lagoon therefore reducing or eliminating the growth of odor causing bacteria.

How important is barn and equipment cleaning to my overall biosecurity program?

Whether you are raising cattle, hogs or poultry, hard surface cleaning is critical to controlling the growth of unwanted pathogens and is a critical step in any producer’s biosecurity program. As both hard and soft surfaces collect contaminants such as dust, mold and mildew, bio-film, pathogenic bacteria grow and quickly accumulate on these surfaces. Controlling the spread of these unwanted bacteria protects the overall heath of your animals.

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