Ammonia Hold Could Prove Important to Poultry Industry

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DE QUEEN, Ark. (AP) - In a converted barn near Gillham, Bill Green and a staff of three are edging toward completion of a new product that could be a boon to the poultry industry.

The product, Ammonia Hold, is intended to help control ammonia levels in chicken houses, although Green says it has the potential for many other applications as well.

The chemistry that makes Ammonia Hold possible is so common that it can be found in many textbooks, Green says. The only thing new about it is the proportion and mixing time of the two key ingredients - brown mud, abundant in the tailings of bauxite mines in central Arkansas, and phosphoric acid - and the fact that Green had the vision to see that it could solve a problem for poultry farmers.

Ammonia build-up in poultry houses can irritate the eyes of both birds and people and cause chickens to develop respiratory problems, he added.

By reducing the ammonia level in chicken houses, farmers can raise healthier birds, use less medication for the flock and maybe go longer between house cleanouts.

With many of regulatory hurdles now behind him, Green is in the process of incorporating as Green Inc. Besides Green, the company has three employees: his son, Michael; Chuck Reel, who is in charge of administration and management; and Bonnie Bowden, purchasing agent.

Green has converted a barn into a production facility. A concrete floor has been poured with the required drains and other safety features.

Some of the Ammonia Hold product has been manufactured and is now being used for promotional purposes, Green said. The University of Oklahoma and the University of Georgia have both expressed an interest in testing the product, he said.

The effectiveness of the product is being tested by monitoring nitrogen levels in chicken houses.

The proper name for the chemical being produced is monoammonium phosphate, Green said. He explained that it works by chemically combining with ammonia to make it stable.

The granular substance can be applied to the floor of poultry houses by hand or with a cyclone seeder or fertilizer distributor. …