No Antibiotics. EVER.

By: Rob Larose, President & CEO of BioSafe Systems
I do not like the word “never” and do not want to be a hypocrite. However, I do think that limiting the use of antibiotics is a good strategy for livestock production as well as careful use in human health treatments.
Biosecurity procedures protect humans or animals against diseases that may exist in crops, livestock or living organisms. Biosecurity measures must be the cornerstone of the effort from start to finish. This does not have to be an expensive program, but it does need to be ever present and ongoing. Just like a food safety program, it must be part of the operations’ everyday culture and methods.

These Biosecurity measures must be centered around the following:

  • Introduction of diseased birds
    All incoming birds should be certified “clean.”
  • Clean shoes and clothing of visitors/farm workers who move from flock to flock
    This should be standard protocol, with each farm controlling who enters their facilities, ensuring that their shoes and vehicles are decontaminated. This operation can be as simple or as complicated as one may want to make it, but at a minimum, having good documentation and a foot bath with a properly labeled disinfectant will work.

  • Dispose of bird carcasses properly
    Have a proper way of disposing dead birds away from the growing area and a procedure that covers best practices in gathering and transporting dead birds to the incinerator.

  • Pay attention to impure water, such as surface drainage water 
    This is an important factor. Most farms do not pay enough attention to this critical part of animal health. Without the applications of antibiotics, it becomes imperative to provide the cleanest water and transport this water into the cleanest piping system possible. Farm water can he high in pH, iron, calcium and contain big populations of algae, bacteria and fungi, which can become detriments to gut and bird health. Many times, the potable water piping and conveyance systems have biofilms that have been established within the piping and may further harbor pathogens and cause line and piping blockage.

    An effective water treatment program can help eliminate the microorganisms that contribute to poor gut health and disease. A good water treatment program will more than pay for itself in terms of increased bird health and feed conversion.

  • Rodents, wild animals and free-flying birds exist in unison
    A “Zero Tolerance” program allows rodents and birds to exist within poultry houses and methods should be used to prevent incursions by birds and rodents. This program states that if any dangerous substance is present in a product, it is not suitable for human consumption. Dangerous substances include chemicals or feces. Newer products mean that they may be applied with the birds present.

  • Insect control plan is a necessity
    An effective, insect control plan is of paramount importance to the ultimate health of the flock. Insects are one of the prime vectors of diseased organisms. Newer and greener insect control is being introduced and combines the use of biological controls that infect poultry pests such as darkling beetles with botanical insecticides that interrupt the life cycle of insects like mites and flies.

  • Contaminated feed can cause damage
    This can be challenging. A good selection of important feed suppliers, proper storage of the feed once on the farm, and protection from rodents, birds and insects can help the proper nutrients survive.

  • Contaminated delivery, rendering & live hauling trucks can spread disease quickly
    Good biosecurity procedures, as outlined, should be applied to suppliers delivering products to the farm. These trucks can be the prime mover of contamination from farm to farm if not properly managed. Travel time and distance will determine if the poultry is frozen or fresh. Sanitizing properly is ideal for lowering the possibility of disease lingering.

  • Sanitizing premises will protect more for longer 
    A couple of the best practices to keep weeds away from poultry houses are to keep trash in covered receptacles and allow for good drainage to shed water away from houses. Particular attention should be paid to the regular cleaning and sanitation of all water and feed conveyance systems, cleaning and sanitizing evaporative coolers, fan blades and treating the water used in the evaporative cooler.

BioSafe Systems Rewards & Solidifies Sales Team

BioSafe Systems announced the promotions of Jeff Kline from market Segment Manager to Vice President of Sales for Agriculture and Professional Products, and Eric Smith to East Coast Sales Manager for Turf & Ornamental Markets.

“Jeff has been a valuable part of our business over the past 10 years,” says Rob Larose, CEO and president of BioSafe Systems. “We are expecting him to help BioSafe Systems continue to grow in the next 10 years.”

In this new role, Kline will be responsible for strategic planning and marketing.
“I am excited to work with our team and partners to continue providing high-quality products that protect our customer’s brand,” Kline says. “I am honored to be a part of this great company and look forward to many more years of positive impact within our core markets.”
Kline has been working with the company since early 2007.

Eric Smith has successfully grown his territory, gained product knowledge and built strong relationships with BioSafe’s distribution networks. Smith will work with the team to promote and support sustainable solutions in turf and greenhouse/nursery industries.
“Eric has been an integral part of our growth,” Kline says. “I look forward to him leading the East Coast T&O team to new heights.”

BioSafe Systems also announced two sales representatives. Maxwell Gilley joined BioSafe in January as Technical Sales Representative for T&O in California. Gilley has a B.S. degree in Plant Sciences with an emphasis in Turf Management, then went on to receive a M.S. degree in Plant Pathology. Prior to joining BioSafe Systems, Gilley worked for as a product development scientist and technical specialist for ornamentals.

BioSafe also welcomed James Atkins as Mid-Atlantic States Technical Sales Representative in January. Atkins received his Associates degree in Agronomy, and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture. Prior to BioSafe Systems, James worked as a Plant Broker and Trial Manager.

They can be reached at

Jeff Kline: 413-209-1809
Eric Smith: 561-955-0315
Max Gilley: 408-279-9467
James Atkins: 864-360-9855

BioSafe Systems Adds to Their Horticultural Sales Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the hire of James Atkins as their new Technical Sales Representative. Based out of his home in South Carolina, James will be responsible for generating distribution and sales opportunities in the greenhouse, nursery, turf, and ornamental industries throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

James received an Associate degree in Agronomy from North Carolina State University, and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture from Clemson University.

Prior to joining BioSafe Systems, James worked as a Plant Broker for Griffin Greenhouse Supplies before taking over as Account Manager in the Southeast for MasterTag. Most recently, he worked as a Grower and Trial Manager for Stacy’s Greenhouse.

For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088.

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Keeping Quality Up

Using peroxyacetic acid for increasing quality and decreasing loss

In the December 2018 issue of Potato Grower, Michael Larose, Technical Marketing Manager at BioSafe Systems, had an article published titled “Keep Quality Up.” He discusses how peroxyacetic acid (PAA) can increase the quality of products, decrease the loss and then goes into detail about common issues in potato storages.

BioSafe Systems’ PAA products are effective against a broad range of profit-robbing, storage pathogens but meet sustainability requirements. Michael states, “Peroxyacetic acid is still considered a newer technology in the agrochemical industry, but it’s a powerful chemistry that helps potato producers and shed managers address the critical practices.”

BioSafe provides products and applications expertise via application partners to help manage storage pathogens from post-harvest to pre-bagging. Our products are designed for today’s requirements of storage, providing the highest degree of sanitation and control over potato storage. This results in enhanced storage quality and increased pack-out, which in turn maximizes profits.

Read the full published article here

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BioSafe Systems Hires Production Manager

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems recently hired Hilario Coelho of Indian Orchard, Massachusetts as the new Production Manager. With over 34 years of experience, Hilario was recently a Plant Manager in North Dakota, where he worked with his team to create a safer work environment.

He has traveled many places, stating “I have been fortunate enough to have lived in Nashville, Tennessee and Ventura County, California.” He was born in Portugal and moved to the United States when he was 3 years old.

Some of his responsibilities include overseeing customer order fulfillment processes and production planning. He will maintain relationships with manufacturing partners, while negotiating purchase commitments with suppliers. His experience will aid him in understanding product cost and gross profit margins.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to be a part of the BioSafe Systems team,” says Hilario. He is looking forward to visiting the five manufacturing facilities BioSafe has located across the United States, to really immerse himself in his new role.