The importance of high-quality materials in the durability and quality of poultry facilities.
The poultry industry is one of the most prominent in the agri-food sector. Efficient, profitable, and healthy bird production requires not only proper feeding and management but also appropriate facilities. Cages, pens, and other infrastructures are essential to ensure the well-being of the birds and, consequently, a quality product. It is in this context that the choice of materials used in the facilities becomes paramount.
The power of 304 stainless steel.
304 stainless steel is known for being one of the most corrosion-resistant. This type of steel has a high content of chromium and nickel, providing remarkable resistance to humid environments and oxidation, two common conditions in poultry farms. Choosing 304 stainless steel ensures that structures remain intact for a long time, minimizing maintenance and replacement costs.
Magnelis and Sendzimir: Combating corrosion.
Corrosion is one of the main enemies in poultry farms, especially in areas where parts come into contact with manure. Magnelis steel has been developed specifically to withstand such corrosive environments. Its composition, enriched with aluminum and zinc, provides superior protection compared to conventional galvanized steel. On the other hand, Sendzimir steel, also galvanized, offers decent resistance against oxidation, although not at the level of Magnelis.
The evolution of steel: Coatings and treatments.
While galvanized steels, like Magnelis and Sendzimir, have revolutionized rust resistance in poultry facilities, innovation doesn’t stop there. PVC-coated steel combines the strength of metal with the protection of PVC, resulting in durable structures and a more bird-friendly environment.
However, it’s important to avoid painted steels. Although paint may offer an initial barrier against corrosion, its durability is limited, possibly chipping and exposing the underlying metal.
The flooring: A key piece.
The flooring of poultry facilities is a critical element for the birds’ well-being. This is where high-quality plastic slats or grids come into play. They allow proper drainage of manure and prevent direct contact between the birds and their waste. Additionally, if a metallic solution is preferred, it’s advisable to opt for plastics or PVC-coated steels, combining durability with comfort for the birds.
Choosing high-quality materials for poultry facilities is not a luxury, but a necessity. The initial investment in durable and resistant materials translates into long-term savings and more efficient production. Moreover, ensuring the well-being of the birds is an ethical and commercial responsibility that results in higher quality products. It is imperative, therefore, to be informed and wisely choose the materials that will form the backbone of our poultry farm.