Although there are always a variety of pathogens that threaten the health of swine in the U.S., recent years have been particularly challenging. On top of known threats such as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), Classical Swine Fever virus (CSFv or hog cholera) and Foot and Mouth Disease virus (FMDv), new risks are continually emerging. These challenges remind us of the importance for producers to have comprehensive biosecurity plans in place to keep pathogens out, said Scott Dee, DVM, Director of Research for Pipestone Applied Research. Biosecurity protocols include everything from vaccinations to proper ventilation and air filtration systems, and shower in/shower out to truck washes.
When it comes to the performance of a production herd or flock, the source, quantity, quality and composition of water can have a major impact on how animals perform. Not only should water be available in sufficient quantities, but it should have the right balance in pH and minerals and other components in order to maximize digestive function, gut health and overall animal performance.
A research model designed to evaluate the survival of important viral pathogens of livestock in animal feed ingredients imported into the U.S. is providing further evidence that contaminated feed ingredients may indeed represent a risk.
Infectious agents, or pathogens, are a threat to livestock and poultry health and even human health in some zoonotic situations. Pathogens that cause diseases also have significant economic implications, as well as negative effects on animal welfare.
Why is Salmonella so difficult to control? Perhaps there are two characteristics that make Salmonella such a challenge: persistence and adaptability. Salmonella can persist from months to years in a wide range of materials. As a result, Salmonella may be found nearly anywhere one wants to look.
Times are changing and the days of using antibiotics as the sole health management strategy are over. Now more than ever, a team approach is needed for the best animal health management. Many producers are under-utilizing their veterinarians and not fully capturing the value they can provide. Routinely working with your veterinarian to identify root causes of reoccurring health challenges and develop disease prevention strategies will pay dividends.
The production of meat, milk and eggs for human consumption is coming under increased pressure as the global human population continues to increase. Sporadic, acute disease outbreaks, caused by common pathogens or the introduction of new pathogens, increase food product costs and are risks to global nutrition.
What a difference a few years makes! Prior to the porcine diarrhea virus (PEDV) epidemic in 2013-2014 across North America, no one seriously considered feed as a potential vehicle for pathogen transmission. However, there is now a growing body of scientific evidence strongly suggesting that feed and feed ingredients may be risk factors for the spread of PEDV at both the domestic and the global levels.
Providing safe, wholesome food is a pork producer's most important responsibility. Ensuring food safety is a complex undertaking that requires awareness of the role everyone plays in the food chain. On the farm, many factors can affect the safety of pork, which is why today's farms use a wide variety of technology and techniques to minimize food safety threats. These modern practices have vastly improved today's pork in terms of safety and quality, but improvements can always be made.
What is the stewardship of antibiotics programs on your farm? Google "stewardship of antibiotics" and you might be surprised to find most of the web-based information is related to human health care. Effective September 2014, Presidential Executive Order 13676 directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB), in consultation with the secretaries of Defense and Agriculture, on methods to combat antimicrobial resistant bacteria.
Producers and feed manufacturers responsible for the production of meat, milk and eggs play an important role in reducing biosecurity risks. Breaches in biosecurity can impact food safety, consumer trust and lead to lost revenue and production.
The Kemin Pathogen Control Team is here to provide you with the tools needed to lower and control your facility’s pathogen load. By providing around-the-clock customer support, our program approach supplies the people and resources needed to help you prepare for the future.
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Contaminated feed has been recognized as a source of infectious pathogens and poses a risk for those raising livestock and poultry to produce meat, milk and eggs. Legislation such as the Food Safety Modernization Act focuses on feed, pet food and ingredient facilities that process, pack, manufacture or hold feed to identify hazards and to have a plan to control those hazards.
Keeping pathogens at bay is the first step to an effective on-farm biosecurity program. An often-overlooked aspect in biosecurity planning, however, is the role of feed. Feed and feed ingredients may carry pathogens that are detrimental to animal health and welfare. That's where Sal CURB® ASF Liquid Antimicrobial comes in. Sal CURB is a key component of a comprehensive feed biosecurity and pathogen control program.
Formaldehyde is a natural chemical necessary for life. It is a colorless, strong-smelling gas and is referred to as formalin when used in water-based solutions. Formaldehyde is used in products including particle board, household products, glues, permanent press fabrics, paper product coatings, fiberboard and plywood. It is also widely used as an industrial fungicide, germicide and disinfectant.
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