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Exceptional efforts in animal welfare help reduce antibiotic use

Exceptional efforts in animal welfare help reduce antibiotic use

The reduced use of antibiotics in agriculture has been focused on for some time now in the quest to limit Anti Microbial Resistance, (AMR). We all have  a responsibility, consumers, pet owners and farmers, to use antibiotics prudently as opposed to excessively. #PruEx. The agricultural industry has indeed been successful in reducing antibiotic use by concentrating on prudent use and by ensuring proper both vaccination and good colostrum protocol for ruminant young stock. Further reductions will be harder to achieve without a strong focus on the environments we surround our animals. Preventing infections from the animals' environments by ensuring clean water, dry bedding or litter, and fresh air quality. When housing animals, these simple requirements can be hard to achieve. In this video, Vet Rob Drysdale discusses how he and his team have benefited from a determined approach to reduce toxins in their animals' environments.

 

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Extra milk

Extra milk

We know that we can safely clean out biofilm from pipes and water troughs. We know that milk constituents increase with milk yield. We don't know if the production increases are due to less toxins in the water or are due to more water intake by cows, or a combination of both.

Clean water for clean milk. Reduced need for antibiotics. Pruex.

 

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Clean water - Reducing immune burden to help fertility and production.

Clean water - Reducing immune burden to help fertility and production.

Water is a vital component of any animal diet. Achieving adequate supply of non infective water on dairy farms is often difficult due to slime generated by toxic bacteria.
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Exceptional efforts in improved animal welfare help reduce disease risk

Exceptional efforts in improved animal welfare help reduce disease risk

Even on high welfare units, disease can be problematic. In this video, Stephen Conisbee discusses how he has further improved husbandry from an already elevated position to benefit from less disease.

Turkeys and buildings were contaminated with Campylobacter.  Based on advice from vet Rob Drysdale, the farmer contacted Pruex looking for an alternative to antibiotic treatment. Having improved hygiene by using AHS as a fog on litter, and Water Plus to treat water lines, within two weeks, no campylobacter was found within the buildings, the processing plant nor bird carcasses.

Three month old purchased calves would  typically be given an antibiotic due to pneumonia issues. By using Pruex on bedding and water, there has been a significant reduction in pneumonia cases and increased production as a consequence. Pruex has helped ensure prudent as opposed to excessive antibiotic use, and would like to thank Rob Drysdale for inspiring positive change in agriculture.

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Necrotic enteritis in laying hens

Necrotic enteritis in laying hens

Necrotic enteritis in laying hens. Chickens are usually affected either around 25 weeks of age, or around the beginning of egg laying, or during peak egg laying.

The farmer featured in this video didn't want to continue administrating antibiotics to his struggling flock. He wanted to get at the cause of the problem instead of treating symptoms. He discusses how he has worked with Pruex to attempt to solve his problems. He comments on the results he has experienced by doing so.

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Reducing the need for antibiotics in the dairy sector

Reducing the need for antibiotics in the dairy sector

Biofilm on cow teats can be problematic for dairy farmers. Better management in terms of reducing biofilm on cows teats can reduce infections during the milking process, and hence reduce the need for antibiotics.

Lameness is another big problem for cows. Typically, the bacterial infections of the feet are treated with either antibiotics or biocides.

This video illustrates how Pruex has developed new protocols th help reduce the need for antibiotics within the dairy sector.

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Reducing the need for antibiotics in the pig sector

Reducing the need for antibiotics in the pig sector

Clean air, water and bedding are essential elements needed to reduce the need for antibiotics within the pig sector. The video below demonstrates how attention to detail by Pruex is helping the pig sector reduce the need for antibiotics. Healthy environments for healthy pigs.

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Keeping animals healthy by providing Pruex grade water

Keeping animals healthy by providing Pruex grade water

 Providing water that is free of toxin producing biofilm is very important for animal health. If there is no biofilm in pipes and troughs, then, the animals won't be fighting toxins or toxin producing bacteria. The video below shows two types of water provided to dairy cows. The first has no biofilm, the second and third trough are contaminated by toxic biofilm. 

Pruex works with farmers to help eliminate biofilm from the water they give their animals.

 



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Putrid water increases risk of infection

Putrid water increases risk of infection

This video shows two different water troughs. They are both currently in use, supplying water to dairy cows. One of the troughs is full of mastitis causing bacteria, the other is not. The farmer with the clean water works with Pruex to take infective bacterial pressure off his animals. Which water would you want your cows to be drinking?
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Less toxins in water equals less mastitis

Reducing antibiotic use requires less bacterial infections. Allowing animals to drink water from troughs and pipes laden with toxic biofilm increases the risk of infections. Pruex works with farmers to ensure clean water for animals. This video shows how Pruex has helped reduce infective pressure on cattle by removing biofilm. 

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