United Animal Health AASV Scientific Presentations


DFM PAK®, a novel combination of strains selected for corn fiber utilization and biofilm activity, shows beneficial impacts on environmental and storage characteristics of manure.

Presented by Jake Lee, MS, United Animal Health
pg. 341 of AASV Proceedings of the 51st AASV Annual Meeting


Including a Bacillus-based, direct-fed microbial (DFM) in swine diets has historically been effective in changing the composition of manure, influencing cleaning characteristics1, pumpability and ammonia emissions2. However, previously conducted studies were performed primarily with traditional corn/soybean meal diets and fail to reflect the high amounts of corn fiber found in modern diets containing dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS). DDGS have changed the properties of manure in the pen and in storage, resulting in increased ammonia production, increased long chain fatty acid (LCFA) production, impacting manure pH, and creating challenges with solids degradation, manure foaming and crusting. It is well documented that Bacillus strains are genetically diverse and show wide variation in intrinsic physiological capabilities. Therefore, selecting Bacillus strains with digestive activities on modern diet components is a positive strategy for developing contemporary DFM solutions. In this study, proprietary Bacillus strains sourced from high performing animals were evaluated for their ability to thrive with modern diet substrates and their effect on environmental, safety and sanitation challenges caused by manure from modern, high corn fiber diets.

PROVENT® ECL, a unique Bacillus-based direct-fed microbial (DFM), as a tool to improve wean-to-first service distribution and sow productivity.

Presented by Terri Specht, DVM, Heimerl Farms
pg. 119 of AASV Proceedings of the 51st AASV Annual Meeting


A strategic evaluation of a sow herds’ reproductive fitness can identify opportunities for improved profitability in a swine production system. Although many metrics can be used to evaluate sow productivity, the distribution of wean-to-first service interval (WTFSI) within a sow herd has proven to be a sensitive lead indicator of overall reproductive performance. Factors influencing WTFSI are many, including lactation feed intake, lactation length and bacterial and viral disease pressure.

Within production systems, downstream losses in performance that are associated with health challenges can originate from health or management issues at the sow farm. Recent studies have shown evidence of pathogenic microorganisms being vertically transmitted from the sow to her offspring and subsequent carry over into the nursery. Consequently, interventions for managing enteric health at the sow farm should be considered.

a novel clay-based product with Bacillus strains, in the presence and absence of toxin contaminated diets.

Presented by Adrienne Woodward, PhD, MBA, United Animal Health
pg. 124 of AASV Proceedings of the 51st AASV Annual Meeting


Mycotoxins, produced by mold and present on a variety of grain products used in livestock feed, negatively impact production performance and reduce profitability.1,2 In the swine industry, three main toxins of concern are deoxynivalenol (DON), fumonisin (FUM), and zearalenone (ZEA).3 While all three toxins cause liver damage, the structure and bioavailability of each mycotoxin play significantly different roles in reducing production parameters across phases.

Many products which assist in mycotoxin-challenge scenarios are available; however, few offer multi-coverage against the deleterious impacts of mycotoxins in all production phases. M-Mobilize ™, with its combination of a patented, specialized hydrated sodium-calcium aluminosilicate and novel, Bacillus subtilis strains, offers benefits in the presence of multiple mycotoxins. Furthermore, the combination of specialized ingredients enhances performance and increases profitability even in the absence of a mycotoxin challenge.

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