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CID Lines Article - Bio Security – Winning the Important Battles

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Ultra - Dri

Beating the Bedding Disease Challenge

The UK climate means that our animals will almost inevitably be housed at some stage during the farming year, increasing the challenge from diseases. Whether these are dairy cows in cubicles, ewes in lambing pens, calves in individual or group hutches or any one of the number of other systems adopted on-farm, animals in a more intensive environment can increase the infection pressure leading to the risk of disease and lost productivity. Linked ever more closely to this issue is the fact that we need to continue putting downward pressure on the use of antimicrobials to treat infections, helping to combat the huge issue of antimicrobial resistance that we are facing globally.

In recent issues of the magazine, we highlighted farm bio-security, focusing on disinfectant procedures at the farm gate and in calf housing disinfection. This month, we focus on dynamic disinfection within the animal’s environment, looking specifically at bedding hygiene.

There are many different options for bedding material available including straw, paper and shavings. Cubicles in particular present even more options including sand and green bedding however irrespective of the bedding product, pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi must be considered endemic and therefore within the scope for control measures.

Bedding “conditioners” have become increasingly popular in the last twenty years and the range of products can be overwhelming with products ranging from relatively inexpensive lime-based products through to more costly sanitizers. However, cost is not necessarily the best criteria for selection with some less-expensive licensed options with great efficacy, now available.

Choosing a bedding conditioner

When selecting a bedding conditioner, it is important to understand what is needed and there are some key identified features to look out for which can provide assurance of efficacy.

  • Fast acting
  • Broad spectrum pathogen kill
  • DEFRA approved disinfectant
  • Ultra-high absorbency
  • Non-Caustic to skin or surfaces
  • Persistent activity

It is crucial to understand that irrespective of the quality of the chosen product, excellent hygiene standards in the environment are paramount to optimize the chances of the product working successfully.

Ultra - Dri

Ultra- Dri is a highly absorbent, dry formulation disinfectant powder which is suitable for any farm livestock situation including dairy, beef, sheep, pigs and poultry. Typical situations where Ultra – Dri has demonstrated great results include:

  • Poultry sheds to minimise disease challenge
  • Cubicle sanitization to help reduce high Somatic Cell counts
  • Calf housing to combat common bacterial and viral diseases
  • Lambing pens to reduce disease build-up

The disinfectant contained in Ultra – Dri is DEFRA approved and effectively kills most pathogens within 5 minutes, helping to provide day to day control of diseases. Ultra – Dri is dual-skin packaged in handy 25kg bags and is applied onto the floor of animal housing at the recommended rate (dosing range 50-100gms/m2), for the specific situation.

KENOFIX - protective barrier spray for skin & hooves

Tropical Wound Disinfection

For decades, the “go-to” product for topical application to wounds and other areas of damaged skin has been the trusty can of “purple spray” from the vet. This has remained constant through both name and colour changes to the product however these types of topical sprays still contain an antibiotic; part of the reason why they have been so successful over the years.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now well recognised as being one of the key issues facing not just production livestock, but humanity itself, so the efforts and results we are seeing in reducing antimicrobial use in farming is critical to the success of preserving the active ingredients that we have available. A logical question is therefore, “why use an antibiotic spray in situations where there is no infection?”

When a wound could potentially result in an infection, an antibiotic preparation should quite rightly be considered, however in many cases, particularly where the wound or tissue is fresh and uncontaminated (e.g. navels) or as a result of surgery, (e.g. disbudding), an alternative treatment might be considered.

There are many products on the market that are available for wound dressing. Some key types include:

  • Antibiotic spray (vet prescribed)
  • Non-antibiotic “second skin” disinfectant sprays
  • General disinfectants such as Iodine
  • Powder dressings
  • Gels

For areas not needing an antibiotic treatment, it is important to consider some key needs for the animal and of the product, when choosing the right one to use.

  • Disinfects the area
  • Non irritant
  • Adheres to the area
  • Provides residual action
  • Is not attractive to other animals in the group (licking)
  • Allows Oxygen to reach the area
  • Promotes healing

Kenofix – A Brand New Solution

Kenofix is a bright blue topical aerosol spray that is used in many species including cattle, sheep, pigs and horses. Kenofix does not contain an antibiotic and instead uses a powerful disinfectant Chlorocresol, which is used successfully in many applications worldwide. Available in large 300ml cans, Kenofix is mixed with the propellant so that it sprays reliably at any angle until the last drop.

Once applied, Kenofix dries fast forming a breathable, robust disinfecting “second skin” that allows the wound to heal quickly. It also contains Bitrex which acts as a repellent to the animal and other animals if they attempt to lick the wound.

Examples of applications that Kenofix can be used for include:

  • Disbudding
  • Post-operative situations (e.g. caesarean operations)
  • Navels
  • Ram “butting” wounds
  • Damaged tails (e.g. piglets)

Kenofix has also been used as a topical treatment for digital dermatitis lesions in cattle.


KENODIN FILM is an iodine based barrier teat dip.

* A true ''SECOND SKIN'' film that lasts on the teat
* A recognised active ingredient used in teat dips
* Quality emollients to improve teat condition

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If you would like more information or would like to speak with one of the dairy team please call 01935 811400

Please contact us for more information:

Pearce Seeds LLP
Rosedown Farm
Marston Road

Tel: 01935 811 400
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