Operational Benefits

OPTIMISING GROWER HERD PERFORMANCE

Virkon™ H2O can be dosed into the drinking water system continuously to disinfect and acidify the water during the antibiotic exclusion and weaning periods, when there is a greater risk of pathogen challenge. Its formulation includes an acidification system based upon the inclusion of naturally occurring organic acids.

 

Field trials and independent analysis have confirmed that there is no need for a Virkon™ H2O withdrawal period.

 

PROTECTS AGAINST INFECTION, DURING STRESS AND ANTIBIOTIC WITHDRAWAL PERIODS

In times of stress such as; post vaccination, medical or micronutrient application periods, or during the weaning process, Virkon™ H2O can be applied to the drinking waterline for a period of between 2-3 days to help ensure the highest level of biosecurity is maintained, optimising grower herd performance. Virkon™ H2O has been formulated with enhanced solubility, to aid with easy preparation.

 

INACTIVATES RESIDUAL ANTIBIOTICS IN THE DRINKING WATERLINE

Due to its unique and powerful oxidising formulation, Virkon™ H2O, at a 1:800-1:1500 dilution rate, has been shown to help inactivate some residual antibiotics in swine drinking water systems. The oxidative action of Virkon™ H2O can irreversibly alter the structure of some antibiotic molecules, and this can prove beneficial if any traces of residual antibiotics may remain within the water system even after the specified withdrawal period has been observed.

 

PREVENTS BIOFILM BUILD-UP

After periods of medication or feed additives to the waterline, there is an increased risk of biofilm build-up within the water system itself. Dosing Virkon™ H2O post treatment helps to prevent biofilm build-up within the drinking water system.

 

Virkon™ H2O is intended to be used as part of a water quality management system and supports improved production performance through biocidal control of pathogens, modification of water pH to achieve optimum conditions, prevention of biofilm build-up and inactivation of antibiotic residues. When used at higher concentrations during terminal use, Virkon™ H2O will remove biofilms.

 

EXCELLENT CONTROL OF FOOD POISONING PATHOGENS (TO EN TEST STANDARDS)

Independent studies conducted to European disinfectant EN test standards (EN 1276, EN 1656) have shown that Virkon™ H2O is effective against key swine pathogens of concern.

 

These include the food poisoning pathogens Escherichia coli, Salmonella enteritidis and Campylobacter jejuni, and other organisms of concern, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

 

Virkon™ H2O is also approved under the UK DEFRA Approval of Disinfectants made under the Diseases of Animals (Approved Disinfectants) for General Orders 2007, using the test organism Salmonella enteritidis.

 

SUPPORTING THE REDUCTION OF ANTIBIOTICS

Governments worldwide are seeking reductions in the use of medicinal livestock antibiotics to limit the development of antibiotic resistance passing into the human population.  Targeted legislation to reduce the use of prophylactic antibiotics in the food chain is now becoming a reality with the result that producers are taking steps to improve their biosecurity measures.

 

With proven efficacy against food poisoning disease-causing organisms, Virkon™ H2O meets the toughest pig drinking water biosecurity challenges and leads the way in biosecurity ‘best practice’ programmes.

 

GOOD OPERATOR SAFETY PROFILE

Virkon™ H2O powder concentrate is not corrosive to skin and does not cause sensitisation via the dermal and inhalation routes of exposure. A typical in-use dilution of 1:800-1:1500 is non-irritating to skin and eyes and is not a sensitising agent.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE

The Virkon™ H2O oxygen-based chemistry contains simple inorganic salts and organic acids and the active ingredient decomposes by a variety of routes within the environment, in soil and water, breaking down to form the naturally occurring substances, potassium salts and oxygen. The major organic components are classified as readily biodegradable according to OECD and EU tests.

 

Virkon™ H2O is not classified as H413* and is not persistent in the environment, according to the standard European process for the classification and labelling of chemical preparations.

 

NB. Virkon™ H2O is a biocidal product formulation, and is not classified as a licenced antibiotic material within the EU. Due tothe potential for inactivation or interference with veterinary medicines (vaccines and antibiotics), do not apply Virkon™ H2O to thewaterline for 12 hours prior to, or 12 hours after the application of antibiotics, or up to 48 hours after the administration of a vaccine tothe waterline. Consult your veterinarian for further advice.

*H413 – May cause long lasting harmful effects to aquatic life.

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