One of the most effective biosecurity measures producers can use to protect their hog operation starts with protecting the feed their hogs eat. It has been proven contaminated feed can be one of the vectors through which pathogens and viruses enter a farm operation.
As an integral part of the food chain, Feed Energy is highly sensitive to the importance of protecting our customers’ animals. In 2018 we launched R2 – our proprietary patent pending line products that delivers essential nutrients to the animal through the feed source while helping to control pathogens in the feed. Field trials proved that R2 was effective in helping to mitigate several pathogens including E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria and Clostridium.
With the success R2 was having in controlling pathogens we did further studies to see if it would be effective constraining other viruses. Our trials found R2 was also effective mitigating PRRSv and PED – two of the deadliest infectious diseases in hog operations. Encouraged by our results we asked Dr. Scott Dee, veterinarian and researcher with Pipestone Veterinary Services to include R2 in his trials evaluating disease mitigants in feed.