Last week I was at my wood supplier Sawmill to check the planks that I had ordered before they deliver them.
I had ordered them about a month ago only available now as the demand was high and the Sawmill is unable to meet the demand. Good wood is hard to find low graded one is plentiful in the market that will grow mould and fungus within 6 months of operation. In fact you could get them the next day once you had paid.
While checking the wood I happened to meet a consultant (a big time fellow, name can not mention here) who was there to look for planks too. We talked about mould and fungus on planks and how they come about. He agrees with me that 80% of farms are not using appropriate woods for nesting planks and not appropriate materials for renovation. Therefore these entire problems arise.
There are 3 main reasons for this is 1) The owner wants it cheap believing that as long the farm is built birds would stay. Birds have no preferences to how the farm is being design, the wood type, the formation, etc. 2) Because of the above cheap package and the consultant wants to clinch the deal he has to accept the works and to increase his profit he uses low graded and low quality material. 3) Engaged consultants that are half bucket of water but charging premium price.
While many still finding solutions to solve the mould and fungus probles on their planks on the other hand to some these problems are history.
It could not be eliminated other than prevention. Many came out with all sorts of ideas to eliminate them but later to see them grow back again.
Some even followed some sort of scientific way to eliminate them by applying certain chemical. Well this is good for mould and fungus on certain material but not for wood. By doing this way, I call it wrong diagnose. Unless these planks are use for other purposes other than for nesting Planks.
Furthermore the chemical applied maybe disliked by the birds. In other words fungus and mould may no longer grow on the planks at the same time the birds also don’t make nests there too. So it would be mould and fungus free planks and also birds and nests free farm too. Isn’t that great? Kill all birds with only one stone. Brilliant!
Sometimes farmers are trying to outsmart others by coming out with all sorts of idea that actually cause harm. That is why the fail rate is climbing higher each day.
My advice! Use the right wood for nesting plank then fungus and mould will be history. So why need so much hassle by cleaning and replacing every plank? Isn’t everybody knows prevention is better and cost lesser than to cure them?
In fact all my farms have no mould and fungus problems and I don’t know why there are so many out there still cracking their heads to solve this problem. The fungus problem is already history.
How one can have a successful farm when all the time he is worrying about the planks in his farm that are infested with fungus.
For sure one thing birds will never make nests on planks that are infested with mould and fungus.
So make sure you take the prevention measure.
Good Farming All (perhaps some only)