Buzzsecurity! 🦠🔊Jun 02, 2023
🐷 Biosecurity has become a buzzword today – justifiably so! Protecting animal health is imperative, now more than ever, and it all starts with what you eat – well, not you, the pigs. That's because feed and feed ingredients can harbor and transmit pathogens to animals, so we can't forget to implement a feed hygiene program that encompasses sourcing, storage, mixing, and delivery.
- Initial intervention strategies focus on holding times and temperature as well as the use of feed additives. It's also worthy to point out that feed mitigation doesn't eliminate the virus, so risks are still present.
🧐 But the bottom line to all of it is that, when evaluating the effectiveness of each strategy, a truly accurate assessment includes a bioassay – meaning the treated, contaminated feed should be fed, along with the proper negative and positive controls, to see if the animal becomes sick. Luckily for us, the use of Medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) has proven successful in feed hygiene programs – so contact your Berg + Schmidt representative to help define the best program that fits your business goals!