It is now well established that bacteria, including foodborne pathogens, predominantly grow in biofilms, their natural habitat. Biofilms are comprised of dense, complex, multi-species populations of microorganisms that are irreversibly attached to a surface or to each other, and are embedded in a self-produced extracellular polymeric matrix.
Top 5 things to look for on an EPA label We know most people skim product labels and many never actually read the detailed label instructions. We get it, EPA labels can be overwhelming, but the benefits of using EPA-registered products are only effective if the label is followed correctly. Knowing that we all skim […]
Laryngotracheitis (LT) can be devastating to poultry flocks. But, with proper biosecurity measures in place, LT virus can be prevented and controlled. LT is a highly contagious viral infection caused by the herpes virus, resulting in respiratory disease in chickens, turkeys, pheasants and some other species of birds. It’s a respiratory disease that usually kills […]
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 […]
We are well into the fall season, and after last week’s confirmation of H5N2 Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Minnesota now is a great time to assess and update your biosecurity program. Biosecurity is a series of management practices designed to prevent the introduction and spread of disease pathogens. Each piece of the program is important, and your defense against disease is only as strong as the weakest link.