CANADA - The Director of Animal Health with HyLife says a new baking bay, constructed at the company's Neepawa truck wash has heightened biosecurity while speeding up the turnover of swine transport trailers, writes Bruce Cochrane.
In an effort to further reduce the threat of spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, HyLife has installed a baking bay at its Neepawa truck wash which uses heated air delivered with high velocity fans to heat and dry swine transport equipment.
Dr Karine Talbot, the Director of Animal Health with HyLife, says the BioDry system heats the trailers to 160 degrees Fahrenheit or 71 degrees Celsius for ten minutes but the whole process takes about an hour.
Dr Karine Talbot-HyLife:
First we all knew about how important washing and disinfecting the trailer is.
We also know, because of a lot of different studies made in the past on different diseases like PRRS and PED, how drying is critical.
Drying trailers though takes time and, as you may know, you use a lot trailers in the swine industry.
To get good biosecurity in all of them, we were looking at something that was quicker and better, so that's where the bake bay came in.
On top of just drying with sun, now we have heat and we know also that heat will kill the bacteria and viruses like PED. Washing is very difficult.
There is corners and cracks and there's always a risk that something stays in a corner so, by baking it, we just make sure that nothing will survive.
We know it's pretty efficient on things like PED but every virus will not survive the dry and heat we put through those trailers so all the common diseases we deal with in the swine industry, PED being the big scary one but we also have PRRS, Mycoplasma.
There's other diseases like that and it will kill everything.
PED was the one we had in mind but it takes are of every disease, bacteria and virus we've been dealing with.
Dr Talbot says the heightened biosecurity not only helps address the risk posed by pathogens the industry is already dealing with but will also reduce any threat posed by the next pathogen that comes along.
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