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Bio Security - Winning the important battles

Bio Security - Winning the important battles

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018
Category: Cereal News

Bio Security – Winning the Important Battles

Here in the UK, we farm various types of livestock in lots of different ways, some more intensive than others. Intensification of livestock farming became more “standardized” with the advent of housed poultry several decades ago and the pig industry followed this trend quickly, with dairy farming more recently harnessing some of the benefits of a totally housed system.

Intensification however is nothing new. From the dawn of what we consider to be farming, animals have been kept together, often in the same buildings as where humans lived and disease would almost certainly have been prevalent, so to have the animals not sharing our accommodation can be considered an improvement!

Generally, where there are more of the same type of animal living together, the higher the risk of disease. A survey of agricultural product distributors in the South West of UK in 2016 looked at bio-security product supply volume to different types of unit. We can see through this study the “pyramid” of bio-security where those units with more animals of the same type, typically use more bio-security products.

Bio-security protocols seen in the most advanced and forward-thinking poultry farms are robust, comprehensive and followed diligently. Despite this however, diseases such as coccidiosis are still considered endemic, meaning that a high state of vigilance is constantly in place on these farms to prevent disease. With this in mind, it seems inevitable that all other unit and farm types can be challenged, especially where effective prevention protocols are not in place. We can see this in situations where “new” infections are brought onto farms which had previously never encountered a problem. Once on-farm, 100% eradication of pathogens like Cryptosporidia and Coccidia is near to impossible so it's a case of having robust mitigation plans in place to minimise the risk.

Both Cryptosporidiosis and Coccidiosis are becoming increasingly prevalent on UK farms and the area where this is most evident is in calf rearing systems. Many more farms are now paying closer attention to one key area of disease prevention, colostrum feeding. This is done through the management process of this valuable asset as well as ensuring each calf benefits as much as possible from the available antibodies. This, alongside robust bio-security processes on-farm, can form the cornerstone of the policy. Another key part of the plan is to ensure “gold standard” prevention and disinfection of housing, particularly between batches. One such system, based on a tested and proven method used in intensive livestock production around the world, is the “CID Lines” process.


The CID Lines Process 

Step 1: Remove all non-fixed equipment

Take away all removable equipment (buckets etc.) and clean and disinfect them along with the fixed equipment using the same procedure as below.

Step 2: Dry Cleaning

Remove all manure, litter and feed residues from the housing. Burn or compost well to reduce the chances of oocyst survival.

Step 3: Apply Detergent

Apply BIOSAFE with a foaming lance to all surfaces and equipment at a concentration of between 2% and 5%, depending on level of contamination. Leave in contact for a minimum 15 minutes.

Step 4: The main (deep) Clean

High pressure (40-150 bar, preferably hot) water wash at a rate of 12-30 litres/minute and allow to dry thoroughly.

Step 5: Anti-Parasite Control

Spray (or preferably foam), KENOCOX at a dilution rate of 4%, using 0.4 litres of solution/sq.m. Leave in contact for minimum 2 hours. Rinse buckets and feeders before using again.

The Right Products for the Job


Biosafe is a powerful detergent which can be applied as a standard liquid or foam. Like most modern detergents however, Biosafe is best applied as a foam to maximize the dirt-removing properties of the product. Unlike many strong detergents on the market however, Biosafe lives up to its name by being non-corrosive and will not damage surfaces.


Kenocox is a broad-spectrum disinfectant which is effective against Cryptosporidia and Coccidia as well as bacteria and viruses. Kenocox does not contain phenols and is safe to livestock and operators. One key feature of Kenocox is its speed of kill meaning that housing can be restocked if necessary after just two hours.





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