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Feed Biosecurity

An efficient biosecurity measure is required to prevent and control animal sickness caused by bacteria, fungi, worms and viruses. With African swine fever spreading quickly around the Asia Pacific Region, killing almost a quarter of the world's pig population and currently having no vaccine, several organizations have warned farmers and feed mills to increase their biosecurity. Feed and feed ingredients are two of the many transmission modes of diseases and thus it should be ensured that biosecurity measures such as the use of suitable feed additives is present to prevent pathogen transmission through feed and raw materials.

African Swine Fever

Viruses are small infectious agents that can only survive in the tissues of living things. Their survival outside the host, will depend on specific carriers of the virus. During the PEDv of 2013 in the US, it has been deduced that the virus came from contaminated feed and raw materials, and has caused a loss of 7 million pigs or 10% of the annual pig population. The current outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in China has been also attributed to feed and raw material contamination thus making it more challenging to control the spread. Both PEDv and ASF, will have devastating effects in pork production, as both viruses affect performance and increase mortality dramatically. The need to control the spread of both PEDv, ASFv and other important viruses have been on the forefront of every pork producers mind.African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral swine disease in swine.The disease has generally been present in countries of sub-Saharan Africa. In August 2018, it was reported for the first time in China, and in September 2018 it was detected in wild boar in western Europe (Belgium). In January 2019 Mongolia also first reported ASF, and in February 2019 it has been detected in Vietnam

Understanding African Swine Fever

African Swine Fever - Symptoms & Transmission

Novus Feed Biosecurity

According to Kansas State Univerisity, organic acids and formaldehyde are two of the four key feed additives to be used in preventing and intervention of African Swine Fever. Point-in-time mitigants such as dilution, irradiation and thermal processing helps reduce contaminations risks but feed additives should be considered for preventing cross or re-contamination.

Formaldehyde: Controlling and preventing contamination in the feed is an integral part of any feed milling operation. Pathogenic organisms, such as bacteria and viruses, from the raw material up to finished feed, may be transferred to the animals if not mitigated at the feed mill. A good feed biosecurity program starts with the instantaneous removal of these pathogens and formaldehyde is a powerful and cost effective tool for complete feed and raw material sanitation.

FORMYCINE GOLD PX, preservative pre-mix, is a powerful source of raw material and finished feed protection. Its unique blend of ingredients provides unsurpassed protection through targeted modes of action. Beyond its effective control of bacteria, mold, viruses and yeast, FORMYCINE is fast-acting and does not leave residue in meat or final products. Mode of Action: Formaldehyde and propionic acid, the active ingredients in FORMYCINE GOLD Px, work together to rapidly kill contaminated microbial and control bacteria and viruses while maintaining pH in the GI tract.

Organic Acids: Research with organic acids has shown antimicrobial effects and performance improvements during bacterial challenges. In vitro research showed an effect of organic acid on reducing viruses in feed materials in a transboundary shipping model. To demonstrate if the same organic acid effect could be demonstrated in an animal model, a trial was conducted to evaluate the role of ACTIVATE® DA, a nutritional feed acidifier from Novus, on the survivaof PEDV and PRRS strain 174 survival in swine feed and evaluate the role of ACTIVATE® DA on the manifestation of clinical symptoms and the performance of swine facing viral challenges.

ACTIVATE DA, nutritional feed acidifier, containing a blend of organic acid including a highly bio-available source of HMTBa. Studies support that the use of ACTIVATE DA in feed can reduce livability of viruses and bacteria and effectively provides a methionine source for pigs during stressful conditions. Mode of Action: ACTIVATE DA has a high concentration of active ingredients including organic acids & HMTBa which works to lower pH and increase the sensitivity of DNA by altering the virus capsid loss of structural protein. This maximizes the synergistic anti-viral effect against variety of viruses.

African Swine Fever - Solutions

African Swine Fever - Novus International

Recent Updates

Novus Feed Biosecurity Forum, Vietnam

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Novus in cooperation with AHBT and Phuc Khang Hung organized a knowledge forum on mitigating the risk of emerging swine viral diseases in Hanoi and HCMC, Vietnam. Delegates were introduced to the importance of feed biosecurity incorporating ACTIVATE® DA as a feed acidifier and FORMYCINE® GOLD Px for feed hygiene solution.


Novus sponsors Philsan Convention 2019

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Novus invited Dr. Jordan Gebhardt from Kansas State University to present on Feed Biosecurity at the Philsan Convetion in Manila. The presentation focused on addressing the threat and prevention strategies of African swine fever which is currently a pressing concern in the Philippines and the region.

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