Whether dairy producers are raising their own calves, or contract raising for others, animal health is a top priority. Healthy calves lead to lower veterinary and death loss expenses, and ensure that a viable replacement heifer is entering the herd.
Part of raising healthy calves is maintaining a healthy environment, and feed sources that are free from pathogens that cause illness. A recent article published in Hoard’s Dairyman highlighted the risks of biofilm growth in calf feeding equipment.¹ When bacteria form a biofilm, they become resistant to many of the common methods used for sanitizing calf equipment, such as bleach dips. The surviving bacteria, harbored in a biofilm can then lead to an increase in scour days, reduced growth efficiency, and sometimes death.
Sterilex’s proprietary PerQuat® technology was specifically designed to break-up bacterial biofilm and kill resistant micro-organisms.* Sterilex is the only company with products approved to remove biofilm on both public health and industrial surfaces.* Sterilex’s patented line of products can also be used to disinfect hard surfaces such as calf huts and feeding equipment to aid in reduction of illness and disease transfer.
*Biofilm label claims are approved for specific applications only. See product label for full label claims and usage instructions.
1. Seiler, Maggie. “Break away from biofilm contamination.” Hoards.com. Dairyman, 31 July 2017. Web. 8 August 2017