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2 piglets drinking from water spouts

Water is the most important nutrient to a pig’s diet, yet many nutrition audits tend to overlook quantity, quality and methods used to deliver water to pigs. This leads to misunderstanding and mismanagement. Several industry experts recently addressed this forgotten nutrient at the 2020 Allen D. Leman Virtual Swine Conference. Health concerns such as diarrhea

Bacteria survive in some of the toughest environments on Earth. One of the key ways it survives these harsh environments is its ability to form spores, or Endospores. Mold and plant spores aid in reproduction. Endospores are similar in structure to mold and plant spores but serve to protect bacteria whereas spores in mold and

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is a viral disease infecting sows and pigs which can lead to reproductive failure in breeding age herds and can cause pneumonia and increased mortality in young animals. It is the most economically significant disease to affect U.S. swine production since the eradication of classical swine fever. To attempt

Biofilm Basics - Resistance and Removal

In our previous post, Biofilm Basics: How it’s formed, we learned about how biofilm is formed and its Extracellular Polymeric Substance (EPS). What makes biofilm so dangerous to public health is its outstanding resistance to antibacterial treatments and disinfection. Resistance to antimicrobial treatment Resistance is the ability not to be affected by something, especially adversely.

quats can be used in organic food facilities if the correct procedures are followed

One of the most common misconceptions about organic plants surrounds where you can and can’t use Quat compounds. Organic food production is a fast-growing market, netting nearly 48 billion dollars in sales in the U.S. alone in 2019 according to an industry survey. While this market presents attractive features and increased trust in the food

Biofilm on a surface

Thursday, April 30, 2020Biofilm Basics: How it’s Formed

Biofilm is a grouping of cells that stick together, embedded in a self-produced matrix of extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) composed of proteins, polysaccharides and other materials. More simply, it’s physical resistance of pathogens to disinfection. Before learning how to effectively remove biofilm, we first must understand how it’s formed.

Stop Avian Influenza with Ultra Step

Last week the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Avian Influenza is easily transferred through foot traffic and equipment movement. Are you using effective entry-way pathogen control?

Appropriate contact times are essential to achieving total disinfection.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020The Key to Disinfecting: Contact Time

As global concern over the novel SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) continues to grow, one way to help stop the spread of this virus is to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces and high-touch/high-traffic areas such as countertops, floors, doors, handles, handrails, and more. However, just using a disinfectant doesn’t automatically kill all pathogens. Have you ever stopped and read

Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) Shira Kramer, MHS, PhD

Thursday, March 19, 2020Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19)

Shira Kramer, MHS, PhD What are Coronaviruses? Coronaviruses are a family of RNA viruses that may include mild respiratory infections like the common cold, but also more severe (and potentially deadly) infections. Many are zoonotic diseases, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. The novel coronavirus responsible for the current outbreak was identified in

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