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Celebrating 25 Years: Helping Feed Tomorrow

Project Horizon – Novus International’s Commitment to Antibiotic-Free Production Alternatives and Solutions


McDonalds. Subway. Panera Bread. The list of restaurant chains, retailers, and food service companies demanding antibiotic-free meat protein products continues to grow. These vendors’ promises of antibiotic-free meat protein on their menus comes almost two decades after the first concerns about the possible link between meat produced from animals treated with antibiotics, particularly for growth promotion, and human resistance to antibiotics first was addressed in regulatory circles. Study of the connection continues as does the shift in the livestock production industry.

Regardless of the lack of substantial science relating to the possibility of animals treated with antibiotics contributing to human antibiotic resistance, an even greater force is at play. Consumer demand trumps science leading to change. From the largest companies like Perdue and Tyson to individual producers, the call for antibiotic-free production has been heard and it is fundamentally changing meat production in the United States.

Antibiotic-free livestock production means shifts for producers and everyone in the supply chain. Producers have had to reduce the need to use antibiotics through changes in management practices, nutrition, and biosecurity measures. While producers adapt, the need for industry experts and resources able to evaluate the system as a whole and collaborate with producers to overcome production challenges they may be facing for the first time has grown exponentially.

While the shift toward antibiotic-free production has been underway for years, it has been a slow, careful process on the part of producers as well as those they do business with. Standards are not uniform across the industry and practices vary among species. This variability adds an extra layer of challenge.

Verification of compliance with antibiotic-free programs presents additional concerns. Each company or production system has its own standards and operating procedures when dealing with sick animals. Verifying those standards and procedures is often at the direction of the food service or retail customer for their particular antibiotic-free standards. In the poultry industry, those customers each have their own verification protocol. In the pork industry, the Common Swine Audit has paved the way with customers adding specific audit points to satisfy their antibiotic-free program requirements.

For veterinarians and producers, animal welfare concerns need to be addressed before beginning antibiotic-free production, so producers know what to do with a sick animal or bird. Having the answers will alleviate the amount of time the animal suffers or possibly having to treat the entire barn. That kind of treatment would negatively impact the grower’s financial return because of being classified as normal production and no longer qualifying for any available antibiotic-free premiums. All animals treated with antibiotics must follow strict withdrawal timelines, approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure a safe, residue-free meat product at slaughter.

There are nutritional products available to maintain production levels in the absence of antibiotics. Novus’s team of experts in production and nutrition management, with foundations in science-based nutrition products, can help producers bridge the gap and reduce the need for antibiotics in production.

Project Horizon was developed to concentrate Novus’s expertise and products, presenting them to producers as uniquely qualified and successful alternatives to fill gaps in antibiotic-free protein production systems.

MINTREX® Cu for Nursery Piglets

MINTREX chelated trace minerals from Novus provide a highly bioavailable source of organic trace minerals to the piglet. Better mineral bioavailability optimizes animal health, performance and development. Research conducted throughout the U.S. and Europe has consistently shown MINTREX can improve piglet feed conversion and gain better than inorganic trace minerals (ITMs).

MINTREX Cu provides less reactive copper (Cu) in the diet reducing the risk of oxidation of fats, leaving more energy for the piglet. Additionally, delivering more Cu to absorption sites in the intestine allowing for more uptake, a lower excretion and environmental impact and provides improved nursery performance at lower Cu inclusion rates compared to ITMs.


Getting to Know Tamara Loeffler, DVM

Technical Services Manager, Poultry

Dr. Tamara Loeffler is responsible for providing technical support for the sales of poultry products in North America. As a member of the technical sales team, Tamara helps train sales staff, develops technical marketing materials, plans and executes customer product trials and is involved with new product discovery and development.

She joined Novus June 20, 2016, and came to the team with a broad background and vast understanding of the U.S. poultry industry. Tamara has worked for several of Novus’s customer companies through the externships during her DVM studies. She has spent time working in all facets of production starting with disease diagnostics and quality control, ranging to commercial egg production and breeder operations and finally, broiler production, including feed mills, hatcheries and processing.

Tamara is originally from South Florida and received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. From there she went on to get her Master of Science degree in Poultry Nutrition from the University of Georgia, under Dr. Amy Batal, then continued on to Mississippi State University where she earned her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Tamara is a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association and has already authored or co-authored seven peer-reviewed articles.

Research Focus

The North America technical service team, along with some of the sales and marketing team members, are looking forward to seeing many of you in Salt Lake City, Utah, for JAM July 19 – 23 This year at the meetings we have some great new research being presented across our key product platforms. Additionally, we will be hosting a cocktail reception on Wednesday evening, July 20 to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Visit our website, www.novusint.com for more information on the research being presented.

Wednesday 7:15 a.m.: New bacterial 6-phytase expressed in Pseudomonas fluorescens improved growth performance, bone parameters and P digestibility in growing pigs.

Oral Presentations:
Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.: Growth performance, bone measurements and P digestibility in nursery pigs fed diets supplemented with increasing levels of a new bacterial 6-phytase expressed in Pseudomonas fluorescens.
Thursday, 2:30 p.m.: Effect of methionine sources and graded levels of sulfur amino acids on the growth performance of post-weaning piglets.