Biofilms and water line biosecurity

One of the biggest obstacles to keeping animal production facilities clean sounds a lot more complicated than it really is: biofilm, a surface-coating layer of polymeric extracellular secretions and microorganisms that accumulate on a matrix over time.

In simpler terms, biofilms are layers of slime that make it difficult to entirely clean and disinfect a […]

Neogen acquires Preserve International and Tetradyne

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that it has acquired Preserve International and Tetradyne LLC, sister companies owned and operated by the private Nevada-based Preserve International corporation.

Founded in 1991, Preserve and Tetradyne offer the livestock and food processing industries cleaners, disinfectants, and associated products. Preserve has focused primarily on the swine, poultry and food […]

Bird flu outbreak grows; worst case yet reported in Iowa

Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, is not only the latest to announce the finding of a strain of bird flu in an egg-laying facility within the state, but also has been deemed the worst case seen thus far in the national outbreak now covering 12 states and dating back to the beginning of the […]

Kick off August with the Monday links

August is starting off with a toxicology edition of the Monday links: looking at drug use and abuse, and a ban on tap water, around the world. Read on for more on that, plus need-to-know news in the food and animal safety and agriculture industries:

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Biosecurity 101: Cleaners vs. disinfectants

Biosecurity is a huge topic, but it can be summed up as preventing the spread of harmful microorganisms.

A crucial part of this prevention is the proper cleaning and disinfection of facilities, objects in the environment, and basically anything that can spread microbes to another area or animal.

But what exactly does it mean to […]

Good biosecurity vital to prevent PEDV

Swine producers continue to fight back against the arrival of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) that hit the U.S. in mid-May.

It’s the first time the disease has been reported in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

PEDV is not a reportable or regulatory disease, rather it is a production-related disease, […]

Porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC): What is it and how do we prevent it?

Dr. Pablo Moreno

Professional services veterinarian

Neogen

A good biosecurity program is essential for the improvement and maintenance of the genetic potential and productivity of farm animals.

Disease outbreaks on farms affect productivity in numerous undesirable ways, such as reducing productivity, increasing mortality and reducing daily gain. Not only does this affect […]

Biosecurity: The importance of cleaning and disinfection

By Dr. Pablo Moreno, DVM

Neogen Corporation

Proper cleaning and disinfection of animal facilities is a critical part of any good biosecurity program.

An ideal program will reduce the number of pathogens to levels that are non-pathogenic for the animals housed in the facility. In a healthy animal, low levels of pathogens should […]

‘Tis the season for…rotational baiting

The problem

As the weather gets colder, rats and mice seek the warmth, shelter and food supply offered up by the indoors. More than just a nuisance, these rodents can have serious adverse economic and health effects when they gain access to livestock facilities, grain storage or production facilities, and a host of other areas. […]

Re-emergence of swine dysentery reinforces need for biosecurity

By Caleb Schaeffer

Swine marketing manager, Neogen Corporation

Barely a blip on the radar five years ago, swine dysentery is now increasing in prevalence and in concern.

The disease, commonly caused by the bacterium Brachyspira hydodysenteriae, is transmitted by contaminated feces, or carrier organisms such as birds and flies. It causes diarrhea in pigs, which […]