Committing to biosecurity is essential for producers who are committed to protecting animal health and preserving resources for the next generation. Without a focus on proper biosecurity, animals are at greater risk for infection and disease. These issues pose a serious threat to animals’ longevity, and can impede a grower’s ability to successfully pass down his or her assets to future generations.
A number of factors play a crucial role in the delicate first days of a piglet’s life. Proper farrowing room conditions are critical, as piglets emerge with highly fragile immune systems and struggle with body temperature regulation. This makes them susceptible to illness. Pig scours are another common issue, and can quickly spread bacteria (such as E. coli and Clostridium perfringens Type C), while posing a serious threat to a piglet’s well-being.
Last year, we got a clear picture of the impact of SWASH™ products across the United States. More than 329 farms are utilizing SWASHDUST-REPEL™ for a total of 4,789 hours saved when it comes to cleaning-related tasks. Additionally, 1.7 million gallons of water have been preserved on pig and poultry farms. We’re proud of these statistics, and can’t wait to see how they continue to grow throughout 2019. Additionally, we’re excited to learn that SWASH™ products have had a positive global impact, most notably in Australia.
Last summer, we began fielding requests from SWASHDUST-REPELTM users who were looking for an additional product to utilize on their equipment. Though they loved SWASHDUST-REPELTM they needed something slightly different that would focus on preserving their machinery’s exterior and prevent streaking on windows, giving equipment that coveted, freshly washed appearance. We got to work tweaking the base formula and came up with a product. As we handed out sample pails, we were anxious to see how growers would use it to protect and enhance the lifespan of their equipment. We found that the new product, which we called SWASHEQUIPMENTTM, is perfect for use on:
A focus on farrowing room sanitation is a critical part of improved livability. There are a number of factors that make maintaining ideal sanitation difficult in this type of space, including the sheer amount of use these rooms get, rodents that infiltrate, plus tight deadlines for turning over the rooms in between litters. However, failure to maintain ideal sanitation in farrowing rooms can yield significant bio-security-related issues. As we’ve discussed before, determining how clean the surfaces in your swine house truly can prove challenging. As a result, without careful attention to the space, disease can thrive. Common diseases that impact farrowing rooms include:
Regardless of the season, bird health remains of the utmost importance to growers. While some specific concerns will certainly vary depending on region, there are a number of issues that apply to all growers. Bird health and reducing ammonia levels in poultry houses in order to protect the flock are two of these universal areas of focus. Growers understand that even a slight increase in moisture can yield a significant boost in ammonia levels in poultry houses. There are a number of problems that arise when you have excessive water lingering in these facilities. These include:
You might be familiar with the FarmLab Innovations products that are carefully formulated to boost sanitation and cut down on required cleaning time. Cutting edge offerings like SWASHDUST-REPEL™ and SWASHHOUSE™ are quickly becoming an essential part of cleaning routines for poultry and swine producers. While these products are new to the industry, the experts behind them certainly aren’t. At FarmLab Innovations, we take great pride in being a part of the Piedmont Chemical Industries family, which has held a prominent place in our industry for over 80 years. This equates to a significant amount of experience and expertise spanning over four generations! We are thrilled to grow and develop alongside notable brands like Dooley Chemicals, Ethox, and others.
If you’re like us, you’re looking forward to the IPPE Conference in Atlanta, happening from February 12th through the 14th. If you’re attending, make sure to stop by and see the FarmLab Innovations booth, located in Hall C, at booth number C-11171. If you need some helping finding us, this map should make it easy for you.
Additionally, make sure to add our COO Kevin Hrebenar’s Tech Talk talk to your itinerary, happening on February 12th from 1:50-2:10p in Hall C 9123. He’ll be diving into the details of FarmLab Innovations, including our range of products, their uses, and how we bring our lab to your farm to offer cutting edge solutions for growers and broilers throughout the Southeast.
While we know there will be plenty to experience IPPE, here are a few things you can expect to learn at the FarmLab Innovations booth ...
It’s hard to believe that 2018 is drawing to a close. It’s been a productive, enlightening year at FarmLab Innovations, and we extend our thanks and gratitude to all of our clients and partners. At the beginning of this year, we were focused on offering a litter amendment product to make growers’ lives easier. However our mission has always been to bring our lab to your farm, and in one of our conversations with a grower, we realized that dust buildup on fans was a continual problem. “We can fix this,” we said to ourselves. After hours spent refining our products, SWASHDUST-REPELTM and SWASHHOUSETM were born. SWASHDUST-REPELTM is now successfully used to control dust buildup on fans in poultry houses, while SWASHHOUSETM has found an important place in farrowing rooms in order to stop the development of organic matter.
As a grower, you’re focused on providing nourishment for others, but you know you’re also providing for your own family, too. It’s a unique and important position that carries a lot of responsibility. Because the land you’re working will get passed down to your kids, and then to their children, sustainable farming practices are of the utmost importance. You want to feel certain that your land is in the best shape possible for your family, as well as for those in your community. Here are some key tips for preserving the land and making farming more sustainable: