Litmus announces breakthrough ammonia sensor

13-10-2009 | |

Litmus LLC introduces colorimetric sensors indicating levels of airborne ammonia in animal facilities.

Litmus Ammonia Indicators (LAI) benefit animal growers and integrators (poultry, swine, lamb, cattle, horses, etc.) by monitoring average ammonia levels over 4 and 24 hour periods. The new ammonia detectors are inexpensive, easy to use, effective and accurate providing more profit for growers, marketers, and distributors. Two years of collaborative R&D between Litmus, animal growers, academic institutions and industry professionals resulted in the creation of the LAI.

Jack Lewis, President of Litmus: “A key issue in maintaining healthy animals is to quickly and accurately measure the average levels of ammonia in animal facilities. LAIs replace the very subjective practice of sniffing or using other devices which are expensive and inherently inaccurate.”

According to the company, LAI requires no interpretation and allows operating adjustments to control ammonia levels.

LAI is calibrated to target measurement thresholds of ammonia of 25 parts per million (ppm) and 50 ppm. Animals grown in these environments are larger, healthier and a better grade of animal with better feed conversion, the company reports. Growers enjoy more income at lower costs, a safer environment in which to work and lower aerial ammonia emissions.

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist
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