AgSeal (Steele Hunter):
I first of all would like to thank you for your patience and diligence in working with us to determine the best value for our dollar on tightening our broiler houses. We have been able to test different methods of ventilation and prepare for our major upgrades because of your service in being open minded and thorough in your companies work. You have impressed us with a quality product and application.
We have concluded that you need to be ready to stay hooked up here for the next 3 months or so. If your quality stays as it is, and communication continues to be easy, we want you to seal all of our houses like you have just finished on Complex 9. Between our farms here and our personal farms, we want to do 160 houses.
As a board member of Poultry Partners Inc., I look forward to a long lasting working relationship with you and your company. I know that three of the board members are ready to be in line for your services after you are done here. That is before we have an official partnership with you and present you to our members. Continue your quality and service and you will be inNWA and NEO for a long time!
After much consideration I decided to have foam applied to my poultry houses to seal up the houses and reduce expenses of both fuel and electricity. The company I choose to apply the foam was AgSeal LLC out of Harrison; Arkansas. I found their staff and spray crew to be professional and the application of foam was done on schedule and was satisfactory.
I have experienced an increase in static pressure and a reduction in electrical and heating costs. The temperature inside the houses is more uniform, which better for my birds in both summer and winter.
I would recommend AgSeal LLC to any Poultry Farm owner who wants a quality, long lasting product, applied professionally, by people who do their best to give you the best.
This letter is a recommendation for the use of AgSeal products and application methods for use in retrofitting poultry houses. Older poultry houses typically suffer from serious aggregate leakage and an absence of insulation. Thus, they can benefit greatly from the tightness and improved insulation achieved through walling up, especially with closed-cell polyurethane foam. We have been involved in many poultry house retrofitting research and demonstration projects on a number of commercial poultry farms for more than five years using several different formulations of closed cell foam. Your AgSeal product line has performed extremely well in all of our project locations, as well as on many farms we have visited. This is, in part, due to the excellent product quality of AgSeal, and, in part, because of the expertise of your trained applicators in ensuring thorough, uniform coverage and attention to detail.
Many companies today offer closed-cell spray foam for use in sealing and insulating poultry houses. In our research efforts, we have observed that not all foam products are equal and that applicator expertise varies tremendously. The density of the foam used in different areas of the house is very important, and an understanding by the applicator of how a poultry house is designed to perform is crucial in achieving a cost-effective retrofit that will seal, insulate, and last for an extended period of time. In our many field observations of your AgSeal applications, we have always seen excellent results. You have knowledgeable and experienced dealers and applicators and very strong manufacturing support.
Using AgSeal foam and one of your trained applicators we recently undertook a demonstration project to retrofit a 36 year old poultry house in North Alabama. Prior to treatment this 34′ X 400′ high ceiling, steel truss curtain/lumber sided house was only pulling a static pressure of 0.03 “WC. Our treatment consisted of spraying a 1/2 to 3/4 inch coat of 3 pound density AgSeal on the sidewalls and endwalls from the ceiling line down to the dirt pad, totally sealing the ridge cap and exterior undersides of the eaves (at the metal-wood juncture) with 3 pound AgSeal, and spraying a 1/4” overcoat of 6 pound density AgSeal over the bottom 2 feet of the walls. When completed, a static pressure reading of 0.21 “WC was achieved. This house now has flock performance which rivals new houses, and the grower is settling at the top.
When any grower invests in closed-cell foam technology, he must be able to realize an attractive return on his investment. We have seen fuel reductions of between 25% and 45% in retrofitted houses and significant performance improvements, primarily due to an ability to better manage the ventilation program. Generally speaking, full investment payback has occurred within 2 to 3 years. Should fuel prices rise, a quicker investment payback can be achieved.
We offer the following suggestions for consideration in closed cell foam retrofitting for growers to achieve proper house tightness and insulation value, and to realize improved performance and extended house life:
- Windrow existing litter or totally clean out the house.
- Blow off all areas to be foam treated and wash down the house.
- Begin a program for controlling Darkling Beetles.
- Have a Certified AgSeal applicator apply the necessary 3 pound & 6
- Distribute rodent control bait stations.
- Maintain a beetle and rodent control program to ensure best
results & extended foam life.
In summary, we have been very pleased with the results we have observed in using AgSeal products and trained applicators to retrofit older poultry houses. The AgSeal approach used in walling up poultry houses continues to be a quick and cost-effective approach which significantly reduces fuel costs, yields good performance improvements, and extends the productive life of the house by years. We recommend the AgSeal approach as an attractive and cost-effective solution for walling up and tightening older poultry houses. If you need additional information, please feel free to call on us.
Gene Simpson, Ph.D.
Professor and Economist
National Poultry Technology Center
203 Comer Hall; Auburn University, AL 36849 USA
Louise Morris/ Nov 2014
Louise works for the Government Assistance Office in Nashville which works with farmers to get grants and products that can help them improve their operations. Six years ago her 3 barns where sprayed with AgSeal Poultry Spray. In poultry barns, Darkling Beetle, even with a good control program can be a problem. They bore into the walls open up cavities and over time ruin the foam. On our recent visit with Louise we inspected her barns and while their where beetles on the floor, some on the foam walls there was no damage to the foam. We have seen foam so badly damage you could reach in to the foam with your hands and have it crumble and fall off the walls.
We fully expect to return in five years and find little change. We guarantee our work 5 years when DBK Beetle Killer is added to the foam.
Louise stated we where professional, sprayed the job properly, and rated us more than expected, and would use AgSeal again and recommend it to other farmers.