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June Canadian Pork E-newsletter

Subside Stress and Manage Mortality in Wean to Finish Pigs

A healthy pig starts with healthy gut. A healthy gut stems from good structural integrity that allows greater nutrient digestion and absorption of essential nutrients to keep pigs healthy and growing. During diet phase changes, the pig’s gut undergoes challenges causing reduced nutrient absorption and build-up of undigested nutrients in the hindgut. Those undigested nutrients cause bacterial growth, which can result in diarrhea, immune suppression and often, mortality.

More specifically, after weaning, a piglet’s immune system is suppressed and needs additional support to fight disease and gain weight. Approximately 5 percent of all piglets in the US are affected by diarrhea each year resulting in up to a 3 percent mortality rate. Diarrhea in the nursery costs millions of dollars each year. Additionally, as pigs grow, they continue to experience stress. Heat stress, transportation stress, compromised feed quality and disease are all common factors. As copper is known to be effective in its antimicrobial properties, utilizing copper (Cu) in weaned and finishing pig diets is beneficial for reducing oxidative stress and boosting gut health.

A field trial conducted in the U.S. showed reduced overall mortality when using MINTREX® Cu trace minerals over TBCC and copper sulfate at one third the inclusion rate.

>> See trial here

Choose MINTREX® this summer to help fight disease and mortality!



Spotlight > >



  • Severe transportation shortage (electronic logging devices (ELDs), extreme weather, labor shortage and increased shipper volumes)
  • Transit times are increasing due to the ELDs
  • 1:5 ratio of dry vans to loads, nationally
  • Carriers are able to be selective about loads
  • Spot rates remain well above during the same weeks in 2016 and 2017

Tips and Tricks

  • Make your loading facility as attractive as possible:
    • Limited or no wait times
    • Driver lounge with Wi-Fi
    • Snacks
    • Restrooms
  • Add lead time to your orders to allow for increased booking and transit times
  • Encourage collaboration between customers and suppliers to build networks with backhauls

Benefits of MINTREX® in Pork!



Novus at the 2018 World Pork Expo

We took Des Moines, Iowa, by storm for this year’s World Pork Expo! Customers and attendees enjoyed interactive product stations with technical and sales teams as well as the annual Novus Happy Hour followed by our annual Pig Pickin’. We were honored to have Mike Naig, the Iowa State Secretary of Agriculture, join us as we enjoyed good food and great company! Thanks for joining us! We can’t wait to see you next year!


Getting to Know Brittany Pham


What is your official title at Novus?
Global Logistics Manager

How long have you been with Novus?
9+ years

Which product of Novus’s is your favorite?
MINTREX® trace minerals

What accomplishment or moment in your career are you most proud of?
Not taking the safe route – taking on roles outside my area of expertise, particularly in an industry/function that is male-dominated.

What is the oddest or hardest question a customer or collaborator has ever asked you?
How to handle a mixture of ALIMET® and a non-methionine liquid when another supplier accidentally unloaded their product into the incorrect tank.

In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing the animal agriculture industry today?
From a logistics perspective, managing costs during a time in which multiple variables are making a lean supply chain more challenging (aging drivers, cross-contamination/bio-security concerns, transparency to consumers).These issues are manifesting in multiple ways such as consumer pressure to know where their food products have been and government regulatory action (FSMA).

What would be your first move if you were tasked with helping the industry overcome that challenge?
Identify what is feasible to address at the company level (ex. customized bills of lading) and what must be addressed at the industry level and engage industry groups accordingly.

When you are not promoting Novus products what do you like to do?
Read, swim and travel (domestic and international).

If you could go to dinner with any 3 people dead or alive, who would you choose?

  • Abraham Lincoln - I hail from Lincoln, Illinois – the original town christened by Lincoln.
  • Queen Elizabeth I - She succeeded in a time where women didn’t have opportunity for success.
  • Emma Watson - She is leading the HeForShe movement to continue the fight for gender equality globally.

What is your favorite beef/dairy/pork/poultry product to eat?
Cheese. It goes great on just about everything and is also a perfect food by itself.


The latest certificates showing that MINTREX® is OMRI approved in the US and Canada are available. Please contact your local Novus sales representative or Customer Service to obtain a copy.

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