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First Retrofit PRRS Filter for Houses with Decentralised Fresh Air Distribution

23 October 2014
Big Dutchman

GERMANY - Big Dutchman has developed an innovative fresh air filter which significantly reduces the risk of infection from diseases such as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

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APT 1500: The filtered fresh air is pushed into the house by means of an integrated, energy-saving fan

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APT 1500 significantly reduces the introduction of pathogens to the house air.

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The filter cassettes can be replaced easily – even while the system is operating.

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is a highly contagious disease causing enormous economic losses for pig producers worldwide. The risk of infection is particularly high in regions with a large livestock density: the PRRS virus can be transmitted from house to house via the air and is able to cover distances of several kilometres if there is a light breeze.

Big Dutchman has developed an innovative fresh air filter which significantly reduces the risk of infection. APT 1500 is used with a positive pressure ventilation system and is designed specifically for wall inlets with an air capacity of 1,500 cubic metres per hour. The filtered fresh air is pushed into the house by means of an integrated, energy-saving fan. The new PRRS filter is the first system for decentralised fresh air distribution – and can thus be retrofitted for existing houses.

Analyses by the University of Leipzig have shown that this Big Dutchman innovation filters up to 95 per cent of PRRS viruses. An additional positive effect on animal health: other airborne pathogens are also filtered from the air.

Maintenance requirements are very low and the filter can be replaced easily, which is a great advantage for the day-to-day work. APT 1500 consists of a combination of two separate filter inserts. The cassettes can be replaced during operation. No unfiltered air enters the house during this time. Compared to other systems available on the market, APT 1500 is a true alternative: It is less expensive regarding purchase, installation and operating costs.

Whether used in sow or boar management, for piglet rearing or pig finishing, this Big Dutchman innovation is ideally suited for all stages of production to maintain a high health status.

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