The role and the importance of biosecurity measures in maintaining disease-free flocks no longer needs to be demonstrated. This discipline is recognised by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as an essential component of disease control, eradication and prevention at farms.
The adoption of biosecurity measures such as all-in all-out production system and the disinfection of empty houses between the production cycles contributes to the reduction of disease transmission in livestock farming.
However, a stocked poultry or pig house can still continue to accumulate pathogens over time. Therefore, spraying a fine disinfectant mist in the presence of animals has a major impact in reducing infection and preventing diseases as it reduces the build-up and spread of pathogens. Such measure can be considered a useful addition to standard biosecurity protocols.
Sarah Koehler, Commercial Manager at Axcentive SARL comments: “Feedback from the market tells us, such misting is very well feasible in many farms; the challenge for the farmer is finding the proper disinfectant. The right product shall combine a strong and broad activity spectrum without side effects for animals. Also, such aerial disinfection should give no concern about food residues”.
Animal exposure and consumer risk assessment
A recent risk assessment conducted by ERM- France and performed according to relevant European standards, confirms that Halamid® can be used in the presence of animals without risks for animals and consumers. The assessment has been done for dilution rates up to 1:100 (1%).
Portable spraying equipment providing fine droplets, cold foggers or a misting installation can be used for such application. At typical in-use dilutions operators can safely work with Halamid® solutions with the appropriate standard personal protection which is routine for the use of any professional hygiene product.
Sarah Koehler ends: “Its superior safety profile towards operators and animals, proves once more how Halamid® leads the way forward in farm biosecurity”.