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use in Poultry -- Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production #feed #flamecap #malawi #eggs #maize


Frank Strie
 

There are a range of aspects as with everything in natural resource management, regenerative  farming and restorative forest landscape management …
Rather to constantly looking at and limiting the investigation of potential uses of pyrogenic carbon =  chars through a narrow microscope focus, it will help the discussion, the  investigation and knowledge building / learning  to ask
1. WHY?  followed by
2. WHAT? and then
3. HOW?

Here we have the overview / intro of the Biochar uses in (industrial scale) Poultry, scientific research program  in Germany since 2014:

Biochar in poultry farming

The animal welfare indicator footpad health and minimizing the use of antibiotics play an important role in broilers and turkeys. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured in indicators based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. Animal health and minimization of pharmacologically active substances are politically defined goals with timely implementation. New ways are being sought to achieve these goals. The use of activated biochar and / or a reduction in protein in the feed represent a starting point. The reduction in protein content is sustainable, reduces emissions, reduces animal stress and reduces metabolism.

 

Since autumn 2014, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture has been working on the use of activated biochar as a litter additive for chicken fattening as part of a pilot project in animal husbandry and animal health. In the preliminary experiments with chickens in a practice, positive effects of biochar as a litter additive were found. The suitability for practical use was not really given due to the dust that should not be despised. Since the results were promising, the activated biochar is fed to the animal in a new approach via feeding.

Source:
https://www.lwk-niedersachsen.de/index.cfm/portal/1/nav/2049/article/31154.html


Further:

Approved EIP Agri project "CarboFeet" - presented in the ministry, now the implementation follows Add activated charcoal to the fattening feed of chickens and turkeys

The idea: The animal welfare indicator footpad health will play an important role in fattening poultry in the future. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. The balls of the feet are negatively affected by damp litter and an increased production of ammonia. Additional measures will follow in the chicken and turkey fattening to significantly reduce the use of pharmacologically active substances and to "slow down" the fattening with suitable feed programs. These animal welfare regulations for more animal welfare are based on an optimization in the production process by raising the awareness of the farm manager and by improving the management. Ultimately, optimizing posture leads to more animal health and, accordingly, more animal welfare. Monetary company analyzes based on standardized company evaluations for chickens and turkeys should show whether this project also makes economic sense.
The Chamber of Agriculture has recently tested biochar as bedding material in chicken practice and has been able to achieve better balls of foot in chicken fattening.
This experiment was also presented at the last specialist forum in Cloppenburg and in several publications in the specialist press.
In addition, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture is working on nutrient-reduced feeding concepts in certain growth phases of chickens and turkeys with the aim of capturing nutrient flows, optimizing the amino acid supply in fattening poultry and adapting the nutrient content in the feed to the growth of the animals, reducing growth stress and thereby improving intestinal health stabilize. … cont.
Source: https://www.lwk-niedersachsen.de/index.cfm/portal/1/nav/229/article/29613.html

I trust this is an indication how things progress. The article is much further but here I only aimed to provide the indications that they do look at / investigate and trial real life issues rather that pure lab research as it happened in so many institutions Down Under since at least 2007 until the short lived public funds ran out …
As  I see it since March 2004, it is crucial to see the uses / the cascading uses of Pyrogenic Carbon = chars in a holistic and bioregional context. Building on the systems approaches of Regenerative Agriculture and Restorative Forest (and watershed/ catchment restoration / hydrology).
Now 16 years later we forming discussions in various regions amongst all age groups and industry clusters. The discussion here in Tasmania, Mainland Australia and New Zealand  is about to engage with our ‘glocal’ collaborators in Kaindorf Austria and other places to form intergenerational networks of learning and knowledge exchanges.
zoom enables the discussion and participation from home and home office, even from the garden, the farm and the forest (even poultry shed)
Best regards
Frank again



From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Miles
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:45 AM
To: main@Biochar.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Biochar] Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

That may be part of it. Poultry operations have been adding biochar to bedding to reduce ammonia. The birds ingest the biochar. We understand that turkeys especially like wood biochar which may be more like grit than the corn cob char.    

 

From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of mikethewormguy via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:54 AM
To: Biochar Group <main@Biochar.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [Biochar] Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

Does the biochar serve as grit for the chicken's gizzards... ?

 

 

 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 


Stephen Joseph
 

Hi Frank

We  need to look at the feed char  Mara Seeds have been producing and selling in NSW and detailed published work by Surya Bhattarai that have done over the past 10 years in Australia as a more relevant guide for what can be done in Australia.   They use a mixed biomass feed and a wide range of pyrolysis temperatures.  There biochar does not meet a premium EBC grade but works extremely well.  I would propose we dont use EBC for animal feed char in Australia but develop a standard based on our own research,

Regards
Stephen

On Sun, Jul 12, 2020 at 9:49 AM Frank Strie <frank.strie@...> wrote:

There are a range of aspects as with everything in natural resource management, regenerative  farming and restorative forest landscape management …
Rather to constantly looking at and limiting the investigation of potential uses of pyrogenic carbon =  chars through a narrow microscope focus, it will help the discussion, the  investigation and knowledge building / learning  to ask
1. WHY?  followed by
2. WHAT? and then
3. HOW?

Here we have the overview / intro of the Biochar uses in (industrial scale) Poultry, scientific research program  in Germany since 2014:

Biochar in poultry farming

The animal welfare indicator footpad health and minimizing the use of antibiotics play an important role in broilers and turkeys. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured in indicators based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. Animal health and minimization of pharmacologically active substances are politically defined goals with timely implementation. New ways are being sought to achieve these goals. The use of activated biochar and / or a reduction in protein in the feed represent a starting point. The reduction in protein content is sustainable, reduces emissions, reduces animal stress and reduces metabolism.

 

Since autumn 2014, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture has been working on the use of activated biochar as a litter additive for chicken fattening as part of a pilot project in animal husbandry and animal health. In the preliminary experiments with chickens in a practice, positive effects of biochar as a litter additive were found. The suitability for practical use was not really given due to the dust that should not be despised. Since the results were promising, the activated biochar is fed to the animal in a new approach via feeding.

Source:
https://www.lwk-niedersachsen.de/index.cfm/portal/1/nav/2049/article/31154.html


Further:

Approved EIP Agri project "CarboFeet" - presented in the ministry, now the implementation follows Add activated charcoal to the fattening feed of chickens and turkeys

The idea: The animal welfare indicator footpad health will play an important role in fattening poultry in the future. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. The balls of the feet are negatively affected by damp litter and an increased production of ammonia. Additional measures will follow in the chicken and turkey fattening to significantly reduce the use of pharmacologically active substances and to "slow down" the fattening with suitable feed programs. These animal welfare regulations for more animal welfare are based on an optimization in the production process by raising the awareness of the farm manager and by improving the management. Ultimately, optimizing posture leads to more animal health and, accordingly, more animal welfare. Monetary company analyzes based on standardized company evaluations for chickens and turkeys should show whether this project also makes economic sense.
The Chamber of Agriculture has recently tested biochar as bedding material in chicken practice and has been able to achieve better balls of foot in chicken fattening.
This experiment was also presented at the last specialist forum in Cloppenburg and in several publications in the specialist press.
In addition, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture is working on nutrient-reduced feeding concepts in certain growth phases of chickens and turkeys with the aim of capturing nutrient flows, optimizing the amino acid supply in fattening poultry and adapting the nutrient content in the feed to the growth of the animals, reducing growth stress and thereby improving intestinal health stabilize. … cont.
Source: https://www.lwk-niedersachsen.de/index.cfm/portal/1/nav/229/article/29613.html

I trust this is an indication how things progress. The article is much further but here I only aimed to provide the indications that they do look at / investigate and trial real life issues rather that pure lab research as it happened in so many institutions Down Under since at least 2007 until the short lived public funds ran out …
As  I see it since March 2004, it is crucial to see the uses / the cascading uses of Pyrogenic Carbon = chars in a holistic and bioregional context. Building on the systems approaches of Regenerative Agriculture and Restorative Forest (and watershed/ catchment restoration / hydrology).
Now 16 years later we forming discussions in various regions amongst all age groups and industry clusters. The discussion here in Tasmania, Mainland Australia and New Zealand  is about to engage with our ‘glocal’ collaborators in Kaindorf Austria and other places to form intergenerational networks of learning and knowledge exchanges.
zoom enables the discussion and participation from home and home office, even from the garden, the farm and the forest (even poultry shed)
Best regards
Frank again



From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Miles
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:45 AM
To: main@Biochar.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Biochar] Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

That may be part of it. Poultry operations have been adding biochar to bedding to reduce ammonia. The birds ingest the biochar. We understand that turkeys especially like wood biochar which may be more like grit than the corn cob char.    

 

From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of mikethewormguy via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:54 AM
To: Biochar Group <main@Biochar.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [Biochar] Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

Does the biochar serve as grit for the chicken's gizzards... ?

 

 

 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 


ALAN PAGE
 

Hi Stephen,
It is great that you have recognized that "biochar" is not what should go into chicken feed or chicken litter, but it is what actually comes out after the use of activated charcoal or charcoal that is suitable for agricultural use. Your formation of local certification of those two ingredients allows the specification of exactly what your locality has found is needed to produce the results that your research has found to be  possible. In that regard it is important that the user not purchase more expensive inputs than are needed and that inappropriate material is not used for particular uses. 

In the absence of appropriate labeling there may be unintended consequences that happen because the buyer can not identify what is the correct choice to make. 

I only learn by making mistakes. I try to share my experience so that others do not need to make the same mistake I made again. Inappropriate labeling is a mistake. You are doing the right thing for your locality.

Alan C. Page, Ph.D., Research Forester - MA License #184
Green Diamond Systems
125 Blue Meadow Road
Belchertown, MA 01007

Phone: 413-323-4401
Cell: 413-883-9642

Sent with ProtonMail Secure Email.

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐

On Sunday, July 12, 2020 7:52 AM, Stephen Joseph <joey.stephen@...> wrote:

Hi Frank

We  need to look at the feed char  Mara Seeds have been producing and selling in NSW and detailed published work by Surya Bhattarai that have done over the past 10 years in Australia as a more relevant guide for what can be done in Australia.   They use a mixed biomass feed and a wide range of pyrolysis temperatures.  There biochar does not meet a premium EBC grade but works extremely well.  I would propose we dont use EBC for animal feed char in Australia but develop a standard based on our own research,

Regards
Stephen

On Sun, Jul 12, 2020 at 9:49 AM Frank Strie <frank.strie@...> wrote:

There are a range of aspects as with everything in natural resource management, regenerative  farming and restorative forest landscape management …
Rather to constantly looking at and limiting the investigation of potential uses of pyrogenic carbon =  chars through a narrow microscope focus, it will help the discussion, the  investigation and knowledge building / learning  to ask
1. WHY?  followed by
2. WHAT? and then
3. HOW?

Here we have the overview / intro of the Biochar uses in (industrial scale) Poultry, scientific research program  in Germany since 2014:

Biochar in poultry farming

The animal welfare indicator footpad health and minimizing the use of antibiotics play an important role in broilers and turkeys. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured in indicators based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. Animal health and minimization of pharmacologically active substances are politically defined goals with timely implementation. New ways are being sought to achieve these goals. The use of activated biochar and / or a reduction in protein in the feed represent a starting point. The reduction in protein content is sustainable, reduces emissions, reduces animal stress and reduces metabolism.

 

Since autumn 2014, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture has been working on the use of activated biochar as a litter additive for chicken fattening as part of a pilot project in animal husbandry and animal health. In the preliminary experiments with chickens in a practice, positive effects of biochar as a litter additive were found. The suitability for practical use was not really given due to the dust that should not be despised. Since the results were promising, the activated biochar is fed to the animal in a new approach via feeding.


Approved EIP Agri project "CarboFeet" - presented in the ministry, now the implementation follows Add activated charcoal to the fattening feed of chickens and turkeys

The idea: The animal welfare indicator footpad health will play an important role in fattening poultry in the future. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. The balls of the feet are negatively affected by damp litter and an increased production of ammonia. Additional measures will follow in the chicken and turkey fattening to significantly reduce the use of pharmacologically active substances and to "slow down" the fattening with suitable feed programs. These animal welfare regulations for more animal welfare are based on an optimization in the production process by raising the awareness of the farm manager and by improving the management. Ultimately, optimizing posture leads to more animal health and, accordingly, more animal welfare. Monetary company analyzes based on standardized company evaluations for chickens and turkeys should show whether this project also makes economic sense.
The Chamber of Agriculture has recently tested biochar as bedding material in chicken practice and has been able to achieve better balls of foot in chicken fattening.
This experiment was also presented at the last specialist forum in Cloppenburg and in several publications in the specialist press.
In addition, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture is working on nutrient-reduced feeding concepts in certain growth phases of chickens and turkeys with the aim of capturing nutrient flows, optimizing the amino acid supply in fattening poultry and adapting the nutrient content in the feed to the growth of the animals, reducing growth stress and thereby improving intestinal health stabilize. … cont.
Source: https://www.lwk-niedersachsen.de/index.cfm/portal/1/nav/229/article/29613.html

I trust this is an indication how things progress. The article is much further but here I only aimed to provide the indications that they do look at / investigate and trial real life issues rather that pure lab research as it happened in so many institutions Down Under since at least 2007 until the short lived public funds ran out …
As  I see it since March 2004, it is crucial to see the uses / the cascading uses of Pyrogenic Carbon = chars in a holistic and bioregional context. Building on the systems approaches of Regenerative Agriculture and Restorative Forest (and watershed/ catchment restoration / hydrology).
Now 16 years later we forming discussions in various regions amongst all age groups and industry clusters. The discussion here in Tasmania, Mainland Australia and New Zealand  is about to engage with our ‘glocal’ collaborators in Kaindorf Austria and other places to form intergenerational networks of learning and knowledge exchanges.
zoom enables the discussion and participation from home and home office, even from the garden, the farm and the forest (even poultry shed)
Best regards
Frank again



From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Miles
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:45 AM
To: main@Biochar.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Biochar] Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

That may be part of it. Poultry operations have been adding biochar to bedding to reduce ammonia. The birds ingest the biochar. We understand that turkeys especially like wood biochar which may be more like grit than the corn cob char.    

 

From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of mikethewormguy via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:54 AM
To: Biochar Group <main@Biochar.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [Biochar] Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

Does the biochar serve as grit for the chicken's gizzards... ?

 

 

 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 






Kevin Chisholm
 

Hi Alan

 

Would you see any advantages and disadvantages associated with the addition of char,  that was otherwise good for biochar, to poultry bedding, for adsorption of ammonia associated with the decomposition of poultry fecal matter?

 

Thanks!

 

Kevin

 

From: main@Biochar.groups.io [mailto:main@Biochar.groups.io] On Behalf Of ALAN PAGE
Sent: July 12, 2020 10:28 AM
To: main@Biochar.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Biochar] use in Poultry -- Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

Hi Stephen,

It is great that you have recognized that "biochar" is not what should go into chicken feed or chicken litter, but it is what actually comes out after the use of activated charcoal or charcoal that is suitable for agricultural use. Your formation of local certification of those two ingredients allows the specification of exactly what your locality has found is needed to produce the results that your research has found to be  possible. In that regard it is important that the user not purchase more expensive inputs than are needed and that inappropriate material is not used for particular uses. 

 

In the absence of appropriate labeling there may be unintended consequences that happen because the buyer can not identify what is the correct choice to make. 

 

I only learn by making mistakes. I try to share my experience so that others do not need to make the same mistake I made again. Inappropriate labeling is a mistake. You are doing the right thing for your locality.

 

Alan C. Page, Ph.D., Research Forester - MA License #184
Green Diamond Systems
125 Blue Meadow Road
Belchertown, MA 01007

Phone: 413-323-4401
Cell: 413-883-9642

 

Sent with ProtonMail Secure Email.

 

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐

On Sunday, July 12, 2020 7:52 AM, Stephen Joseph <joey.stephen@...> wrote:

 

Hi Frank

 

We  need to look at the feed char  Mara Seeds have been producing and selling in NSW and detailed published work by Surya Bhattarai that have done over the past 10 years in Australia as a more relevant guide for what can be done in Australia.   They use a mixed biomass feed and a wide range of pyrolysis temperatures.  There biochar does not meet a premium EBC grade but works extremely well.  I would propose we dont use EBC for animal feed char in Australia but develop a standard based on our own research,

 

Regards

Stephen

 

On Sun, Jul 12, 2020 at 9:49 AM Frank Strie <frank.strie@...> wrote:

There are a range of aspects as with everything in natural resource management, regenerative  farming and restorative forest landscape management …
Rather to constantly looking at and limiting the investigation of potential uses of pyrogenic carbon =  chars through a narrow microscope focus, it will help the discussion, the  investigation and knowledge building / learning  to ask
1. WHY?  followed by
2. WHAT? and then
3. HOW?

Here we have the overview / intro of the Biochar uses in (industrial scale) Poultry, scientific research program  in Germany since 2014:

Biochar in poultry farming

The animal welfare indicator footpad health and minimizing the use of antibiotics play an important role in broilers and turkeys. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured in indicators based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. Animal health and minimization of pharmacologically active substances are politically defined goals with timely implementation. New ways are being sought to achieve these goals. The use of activated biochar and / or a reduction in protein in the feed represent a starting point. The reduction in protein content is sustainable, reduces emissions, reduces animal stress and reduces metabolism.

 

Since autumn 2014, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture has been working on the use of activated biochar as a litter additive for chicken fattening as part of a pilot project in animal husbandry and animal health. In the preliminary experiments with chickens in a practice, positive effects of biochar as a litter additive were found. The suitability for practical use was not really given due to the dust that should not be despised. Since the results were promising, the activated biochar is fed to the animal in a new approach via feeding.

 

Approved EIP Agri project "CarboFeet" - presented in the ministry, now the implementation follows Add activated charcoal to the fattening feed of chickens and turkeys

The idea: The animal welfare indicator footpad health will play an important role in fattening poultry in the future. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. The balls of the feet are negatively affected by damp litter and an increased production of ammonia. Additional measures will follow in the chicken and turkey fattening to significantly reduce the use of pharmacologically active substances and to "slow down" the fattening with suitable feed programs. These animal welfare regulations for more animal welfare are based on an optimization in the production process by raising the awareness of the farm manager and by improving the management. Ultimately, optimizing posture leads to more animal health and, accordingly, more animal welfare. Monetary company analyzes based on standardized company evaluations for chickens and turkeys should show whether this project also makes economic sense.
The Chamber of Agriculture has recently tested biochar as bedding material in chicken practice and has been able to achieve better balls of foot in chicken fattening.
This experiment was also presented at the last specialist forum in Cloppenburg and in several publications in the specialist press.
In addition, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture is working on nutrient-reduced feeding concepts in certain growth phases of chickens and turkeys with the aim of capturing nutrient flows, optimizing the amino acid supply in fattening poultry and adapting the nutrient content in the feed to the growth of the animals, reducing growth stress and thereby improving intestinal health stabilize. … cont.
Source: https://www.lwk-niedersachsen.de/index.cfm/portal/1/nav/229/article/29613.html

 

I trust this is an indication how things progress. The article is much further but here I only aimed to provide the indications that they do look at / investigate and trial real life issues rather that pure lab research as it happened in so many institutions Down Under since at least 2007 until the short lived public funds ran out …
As  I see it since March 2004, it is crucial to see the uses / the cascading uses of Pyrogenic Carbon = chars in a holistic and bioregional context. Building on the systems approaches of Regenerative Agriculture and Restorative Forest (and watershed/ catchment restoration / hydrology).
Now 16 years later we forming discussions in various regions amongst all age groups and industry clusters. The discussion here in Tasmania, Mainland Australia and New Zealand  is about to engage with our ‘glocal’ collaborators in Kaindorf Austria and other places to form intergenerational networks of learning and knowledge exchanges.
zoom enables the discussion and participation from home and home office, even from the garden, the farm and the forest (even poultry shed)
Best regards
Frank again

 

From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Miles
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:45 AM
To: main@Biochar.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Biochar] Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

That may be part of it. Poultry operations have been adding biochar to bedding to reduce ammonia. The birds ingest the biochar. We understand that turkeys especially like wood biochar which may be more like grit than the corn cob char.    

 

From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of mikethewormguy via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:54 AM
To: Biochar Group <main@Biochar.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [Biochar] Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

Does the biochar serve as grit for the chicken's gizzards... ?

 

 

 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 

 

 

 

 


ALAN PAGE
 

Hi Kevin,
This question should be asked of Stephen since he has done more research on this question than I have - I just grow trees and have tried to get others who know more than I do to use their skills appropriately.
You may have to specify much more about what you are using as feed stock material to get a full answer to these questions. 
The important point from my perspective is that there is no sense for one to pay more for inputs than you really need. So it may be possible to use the same material for both uses but I have heard that the CEC of humic acid rich rotted organic matter (not char) is much higher than the char from the same material. This is an example of using something that has just sat around as a nutrient retention agent while it may not have the desired affect as a feed additive.
The other point is that after a few trials you may know more than researchers who have never touched your material. 

Alan C. Page, Ph.D., Research Forester - MA License #184
Green Diamond Systems
125 Blue Meadow Road
Belchertown, MA 01007

Phone: 413-323-4401
Cell: 413-883-9642

Sent with ProtonMail Secure Email.

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐

On Sunday, July 12, 2020 5:54 PM, Kevin Chisholm <kchisholm@...> wrote:

Hi Alan

 

Would you see any advantages and disadvantages associated with the addition of char,  that was otherwise good for biochar, to poultry bedding, for adsorption of ammonia associated with the decomposition of poultry fecal matter?

 

Thanks!

 

Kevin

 

From: main@Biochar.groups.io [mailto:main@Biochar.groups.io] On Behalf Of ALAN PAGE
Sent: July 12, 2020 10:28 AM
To: main@Biochar.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Biochar] use in Poultry -- Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

Hi Stephen,

It is great that you have recognized that "biochar" is not what should go into chicken feed or chicken litter, but it is what actually comes out after the use of activated charcoal or charcoal that is suitable for agricultural use. Your formation of local certification of those two ingredients allows the specification of exactly what your locality has found is needed to produce the results that your research has found to be  possible. In that regard it is important that the user not purchase more expensive inputs than are needed and that inappropriate material is not used for particular uses. 

 

In the absence of appropriate labeling there may be unintended consequences that happen because the buyer can not identify what is the correct choice to make. 

 

I only learn by making mistakes. I try to share my experience so that others do not need to make the same mistake I made again. Inappropriate labeling is a mistake. You are doing the right thing for your locality.

 

Alan C. Page, Ph.D., Research Forester - MA License #184
Green Diamond Systems
125 Blue Meadow Road
Belchertown, MA 01007

Phone: 413-323-4401
Cell: 413-883-9642

 

Sent with ProtonMail Secure Email.

 

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐

On Sunday, July 12, 2020 7:52 AM, Stephen Joseph <joey.stephen@...> wrote:

 

Hi Frank

 

We  need to look at the feed char  Mara Seeds have been producing and selling in NSW and detailed published work by Surya Bhattarai that have done over the past 10 years in Australia as a more relevant guide for what can be done in Australia.   They use a mixed biomass feed and a wide range of pyrolysis temperatures.  There biochar does not meet a premium EBC grade but works extremely well.  I would propose we dont use EBC for animal feed char in Australia but develop a standard based on our own research,

 

Regards

Stephen

 

On Sun, Jul 12, 2020 at 9:49 AM Frank Strie <frank.strie@...> wrote:

There are a range of aspects as with everything in natural resource management, regenerative  farming and restorative forest landscape management …
Rather to constantly looking at and limiting the investigation of potential uses of pyrogenic carbon =  chars through a narrow microscope focus, it will help the discussion, the  investigation and knowledge building / learning  to ask
1. WHY?  followed by
2. WHAT? and then
3. HOW?

Here we have the overview / intro of the Biochar uses in (industrial scale) Poultry, scientific research program  in Germany since 2014:

Biochar in poultry farming

The animal welfare indicator footpad health and minimizing the use of antibiotics play an important role in broilers and turkeys. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured in indicators based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. Animal health and minimization of pharmacologically active substances are politically defined goals with timely implementation. New ways are being sought to achieve these goals. The use of activated biochar and / or a reduction in protein in the feed represent a starting point. The reduction in protein content is sustainable, reduces emissions, reduces animal stress and reduces metabolism.

 

Since autumn 2014, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture has been working on the use of activated biochar as a litter additive for chicken fattening as part of a pilot project in animal husbandry and animal health. In the preliminary experiments with chickens in a practice, positive effects of biochar as a litter additive were found. The suitability for practical use was not really given due to the dust that should not be despised. Since the results were promising, the activated biochar is fed to the animal in a new approach via feeding.

 

Approved EIP Agri project "CarboFeet" - presented in the ministry, now the implementation follows Add activated charcoal to the fattening feed of chickens and turkeys

The idea: The animal welfare indicator footpad health will play an important role in fattening poultry in the future. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. The balls of the feet are negatively affected by damp litter and an increased production of ammonia. Additional measures will follow in the chicken and turkey fattening to significantly reduce the use of pharmacologically active substances and to "slow down" the fattening with suitable feed programs. These animal welfare regulations for more animal welfare are based on an optimization in the production process by raising the awareness of the farm manager and by improving the management. Ultimately, optimizing posture leads to more animal health and, accordingly, more animal welfare. Monetary company analyzes based on standardized company evaluations for chickens and turkeys should show whether this project also makes economic sense.
The Chamber of Agriculture has recently tested biochar as bedding material in chicken practice and has been able to achieve better balls of foot in chicken fattening.
This experiment was also presented at the last specialist forum in Cloppenburg and in several publications in the specialist press.
In addition, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture is working on nutrient-reduced feeding concepts in certain growth phases of chickens and turkeys with the aim of capturing nutrient flows, optimizing the amino acid supply in fattening poultry and adapting the nutrient content in the feed to the growth of the animals, reducing growth stress and thereby improving intestinal health stabilize. … cont.
Source: https://www.lwk-niedersachsen.de/index.cfm/portal/1/nav/229/article/29613.html

 

I trust this is an indication how things progress. The article is much further but here I only aimed to provide the indications that they do look at / investigate and trial real life issues rather that pure lab research as it happened in so many institutions Down Under since at least 2007 until the short lived public funds ran out …
As  I see it since March 2004, it is crucial to see the uses / the cascading uses of Pyrogenic Carbon = chars in a holistic and bioregional context. Building on the systems approaches of Regenerative Agriculture and Restorative Forest (and watershed/ catchment restoration / hydrology).
Now 16 years later we forming discussions in various regions amongst all age groups and industry clusters. The discussion here in Tasmania, Mainland Australia and New Zealand  is about to engage with our ‘glocal’ collaborators in Kaindorf Austria and other places to form intergenerational networks of learning and knowledge exchanges.
zoom enables the discussion and participation from home and home office, even from the garden, the farm and the forest (even poultry shed)
Best regards
Frank again

 

From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Miles
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:45 AM
To: main@Biochar.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Biochar] Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

That may be part of it. Poultry operations have been adding biochar to bedding to reduce ammonia. The birds ingest the biochar. We understand that turkeys especially like wood biochar which may be more like grit than the corn cob char.    

 

From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of mikethewormguy via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:54 AM
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Subject: Re: [Biochar] Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

Does the biochar serve as grit for the chicken's gizzards... ?

 

 

 

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Stephen,

Thank you so much for this post. Not only am I very interested in chicken feed (I am not joking), but I especially appreciate your emphasis on the need for context. It has long driven me crazy that unlike any other industry I have worked with, biochar continues to insist on applying a single set of very stringent standards to all chars used under all circumstances for all purposes. Hello? Does this make sense? Seriously? Why should floor litter for chickens - for chickens! - require world class certification? Oh, right, they will peck it up, it might get past their craw and who knows what terrible carcinogens might sneaks into Mrs. Jones' morning egg. But really.

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On Sun, Jul 12, 2020 at 6:53 PM Stephen Joseph <joey.stephen@...> wrote:
Hi Frank

We  need to look at the feed char  Mara Seeds have been producing and selling in NSW and detailed published work by Surya Bhattarai that have done over the past 10 years in Australia as a more relevant guide for what can be done in Australia.   They use a mixed biomass feed and a wide range of pyrolysis temperatures.  There biochar does not meet a premium EBC grade but works extremely well.  I would propose we dont use EBC for animal feed char in Australia but develop a standard based on our own research,

Regards
Stephen

On Sun, Jul 12, 2020 at 9:49 AM Frank Strie <frank.strie@...> wrote:

There are a range of aspects as with everything in natural resource management, regenerative  farming and restorative forest landscape management …
Rather to constantly looking at and limiting the investigation of potential uses of pyrogenic carbon =  chars through a narrow microscope focus, it will help the discussion, the  investigation and knowledge building / learning  to ask
1. WHY?  followed by
2. WHAT? and then
3. HOW?

Here we have the overview / intro of the Biochar uses in (industrial scale) Poultry, scientific research program  in Germany since 2014:

Biochar in poultry farming

The animal welfare indicator footpad health and minimizing the use of antibiotics play an important role in broilers and turkeys. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured in indicators based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. Animal health and minimization of pharmacologically active substances are politically defined goals with timely implementation. New ways are being sought to achieve these goals. The use of activated biochar and / or a reduction in protein in the feed represent a starting point. The reduction in protein content is sustainable, reduces emissions, reduces animal stress and reduces metabolism.

 

Since autumn 2014, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture has been working on the use of activated biochar as a litter additive for chicken fattening as part of a pilot project in animal husbandry and animal health. In the preliminary experiments with chickens in a practice, positive effects of biochar as a litter additive were found. The suitability for practical use was not really given due to the dust that should not be despised. Since the results were promising, the activated biochar is fed to the animal in a new approach via feeding.

Source:
https://www.lwk-niedersachsen.de/index.cfm/portal/1/nav/2049/article/31154.html


Further:

Approved EIP Agri project "CarboFeet" - presented in the ministry, now the implementation follows Add activated charcoal to the fattening feed of chickens and turkeys

The idea: The animal welfare indicator footpad health will play an important role in fattening poultry in the future. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. The balls of the feet are negatively affected by damp litter and an increased production of ammonia. Additional measures will follow in the chicken and turkey fattening to significantly reduce the use of pharmacologically active substances and to "slow down" the fattening with suitable feed programs. These animal welfare regulations for more animal welfare are based on an optimization in the production process by raising the awareness of the farm manager and by improving the management. Ultimately, optimizing posture leads to more animal health and, accordingly, more animal welfare. Monetary company analyzes based on standardized company evaluations for chickens and turkeys should show whether this project also makes economic sense.
The Chamber of Agriculture has recently tested biochar as bedding material in chicken practice and has been able to achieve better balls of foot in chicken fattening.
This experiment was also presented at the last specialist forum in Cloppenburg and in several publications in the specialist press.
In addition, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture is working on nutrient-reduced feeding concepts in certain growth phases of chickens and turkeys with the aim of capturing nutrient flows, optimizing the amino acid supply in fattening poultry and adapting the nutrient content in the feed to the growth of the animals, reducing growth stress and thereby improving intestinal health stabilize. … cont.
Source: https://www.lwk-niedersachsen.de/index.cfm/portal/1/nav/229/article/29613.html

I trust this is an indication how things progress. The article is much further but here I only aimed to provide the indications that they do look at / investigate and trial real life issues rather that pure lab research as it happened in so many institutions Down Under since at least 2007 until the short lived public funds ran out …
As  I see it since March 2004, it is crucial to see the uses / the cascading uses of Pyrogenic Carbon = chars in a holistic and bioregional context. Building on the systems approaches of Regenerative Agriculture and Restorative Forest (and watershed/ catchment restoration / hydrology).
Now 16 years later we forming discussions in various regions amongst all age groups and industry clusters. The discussion here in Tasmania, Mainland Australia and New Zealand  is about to engage with our ‘glocal’ collaborators in Kaindorf Austria and other places to form intergenerational networks of learning and knowledge exchanges.
zoom enables the discussion and participation from home and home office, even from the garden, the farm and the forest (even poultry shed)
Best regards
Frank again



From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Miles
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:45 AM
To: main@Biochar.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Biochar] Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

That may be part of it. Poultry operations have been adding biochar to bedding to reduce ammonia. The birds ingest the biochar. We understand that turkeys especially like wood biochar which may be more like grit than the corn cob char.    

 

From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of mikethewormguy via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:54 AM
To: Biochar Group <main@Biochar.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [Biochar] Malawi: Biochar Boosts Egg Production

 

Does the biochar serve as grit for the chicken's gizzards... ?

 

 

 

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