BioSafe Systems: Expanding Horticulture Coverage for Colorado and Beyond

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is proud to announce the strategic hire of Zac Ricciardi, as a Technical Sales Representative for Colorado and surrounding areas. Zac brings with him over twelve years of horticultural sales experience in the western and central regions of the USA. As an active member of the horticulture community, his wide knowledge range of crops and growing methods will be integral in aiding customers meet their goals.

Having experience as a supplier and a large-scale grower, Zac brings with him a drive for clean growing and believes in BioSafe’s mission to help growers become more sustainable without sacrificing effectiveness.

National Sales Manager, Jeff Kline, is excited to have Zac on board and to have his eagerness and problem-solving skills in the field helping growers throughout his region. “The amount of real world experience that Zac brings to the team is invaluable, I am excited to have him covering the mountain region and I am confident that he will be your go-to guy.”

When Zac isn’t spending time with growers you can find him enjoying outdoor adventures with his wife and dog. Snowboarding, fishing, and camping in the Rockies are among his favorites. He loves to see new and exciting places and to blaze new trails whenever possible.

For more information, contact BioSafe Systems at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com. Zac can be reached directly at 303.518.5105 or at zricciardi@biosafesystems.com

 

BioSafe Systems Announces the Availability of AXXE® Broad Spectrum Herbicide in Canada

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems announces the availability of AXXE Broad Spectrum Herbicide across Canada. AXXE is a non-selective herbicide designed for the control or suppression of grass and broadleaf weeds, such as (but not limited to): crabgrass, pigweed, amaranth, carpetweed, and liverworts and for contact spray control or burndown of weeds and grasses for ornamentals, turf, landscapes, interiorscapes, greenhouses, and non-crop areas on farmsteads.

“AXXE Broad Spectrum Herbicide will allow growers across the country to achieve fast burndown of unwanted weeds and grasses while maintaining a sustainable program for their farms and facilities.” Says Ester Mastronardi – BioSafe Systems Technical Sales Representative based in Leamington, ON.

AXXE features Ammonium Salt of Fatty Acid, which works to penetrate the cell walls of plants which eliminates unwanted vegetation quickly by disrupting plant tissue through cell wall disruption, resulting in cease of plant growth and brown necrosis. This powerful herbicide is formulated to act fast (within 24 hours) and to biodegrade quickly, leaving no harmful residue behind.

 

For more information and where to purchase BioSafe Systems products in Canada, contact Plant Products at 519-326-9037 / info@plantproducts.com or BioSafe Systems at 888-273-3088 / info@biosafesystems.com.

 

BioSafe Systems and Plant Products announce exclusive partnership in Canada

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems and Plant Products are excited to announce that, as an exclusive partner, Plant Products will act as the manufacturer’s exclusive distributor in key Canadian provinces including:  Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island.

Plant Products has been a premier full-service supplier of fertilizer, pest control products, seeds and other consumable goods to the greenhouse, turf, nursery and specialty horticulture industries in Canada and the USA for more than 75 years. It maintains locations in Laval, QC, Ancaster, ON, Detroit, MI and head office in Leamington, ON. Plant Products brings many strengths to this new partnership including: technical sales, new product development, regulatory, marketing, and logistics.

Jeff Kline – Professional Products Segment Manager for BioSafe Systems says “Combining our efforts for a more unified approach in Canada benefits both parties exponentially. I am excited to continue delivering sustainable, quality solutions to all of Canada and continue in shared success with everyone at Plant Products.”

Kelly Devaere – Product and Marketing Manager for Plant Products adds “We are happy to partner with BioSafe Systems in Canada to expand their existing portfolio as well as launch new and innovative products in all our key markets in the coming years.”

For more information and details on this partnership and where to purchase BioSafe Systems products in Canada, contact Plant Products at 519-326-9037 / info@plantproducts.com or BioSafe Systems at 888-273-3088 / info@biosafesystems.com.

 

BioSafe Systems Introduces New PAA Production for Poultry Processing

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe Systems is introducing a new type of peroxyacetic acid production to the poultry market.  Trademarked as OxyFusion this on-demand system can produce peroxyacetic acid with a neutral pH as well as caustic and acidic pH values to help provide innovative solutions for poultry interventions. This proprietary system has been developed in conjunction with a technology partner under an exclusive agreement for BioSafe to introduce this revolutionary new product.

OxyFusion technology has been approved and awarded an FCN for poultry carcasses, parts, and organs for all meat, poultry, and fish intervention applications.  “This new technology is a perfect complement to our existing line of PAA product solutions,” states Rob Larose, CEO of BioSafe Systems.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of both EPA and FDA-registered peroxyacetic acid (PAA) products in North America. With four manufacturing facilities located in Nevada, Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan BioSafe can provide sustainable disease control to animal health, meat/poultry processing and egg industries across the United States.

For questions about this press release, please call 888-273-3088.

BioSafe Systems Introduces New Technology for PAA Monitoring in Poultry Processing

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe Systems announces that it will be introducing new technology to monitor PAA concentrations in water used for poultry processing chiller applications. The BioChambersystem is designed for real-time monitoring of chiller process waters with high pH levels that would typically damage standard probe technology.

The BioChamberis designed to read PAA ppm levels in the chiller process water in real-time and communicates with the pump controller to maintain desired levels of intervention chemistry. This system allows the chiller to automatically increase or decrease the amount of PAA being introduced into the process water, regardless of pH levels, while at the same time datalogging all operations in an easy to download file.

For questions about this press release please call 888-273-3088.

Cleaner Water, Healthier Birds

By Rob Larose, CEO of BioSafe Systems

With public consumers’ changing opinions on the use of antibiotics there is increased pressure for producers to find new ways to grow healthy flocks. The value of a clean, safe water supply is an often-overlooked resource in poultry production.

Chickens intake almost twice as much water as they do feed and the more they grow, the more water they drink. On average, daily water consumption can range from one to ten gallons per 1,000 birds depending on the season. Warmer months provide the perfect conditions for water infections like algae, bacteria, and fungi to become established along with the formation of biofilms which can harbor pathogens that can affect overall water quality as well as reduce the flow of water

Dissolved minerals can contribute to the growth of biofilms and increase the possibility of blockages. Even a low-grade build-up of mineral residue can limit water flow and result in less-than-adequate consumption for optimal bird growth and feed conversion.

Water tests performed by a reputable lab can be an invaluable tool for identifying the source of performance problems. On-farm tests can also be helpful for monitoring and improving water quality.  These tests will not only indicate levels of biological contaminants and dissolved minerals but will help to identify when increased treatment options should be enacted to correct problems.

Traditional chemistries used to treat water may not be up to the modern-day task. Chlorine and hydrogen peroxide historically have performed poorly on removing mineral build-ups. Methods used in various industries such as food processing and dairies may provide some answers. Products specially formulated to dissolve and liquefy minerals are best used in conjunction with high-level products with proven efficacy in eradicating biofilms as well as sanitizing and disinfecting the water supply. Peracetic acid based chemistries are quickly becoming the sought-after method for eliminating water system impurities. They can be used in all seasons, leave no residue, and are proven effective against algae, bacteria, and biofilms.

The use of these simple, yet effective systems and biofilm treatment products will keep water quality high, reduce latent infections, and ultimately increase production on all levels.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peracetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to customers within the animal health, meat/poultry processing and egg industries.

BioSafe Systems adds to their Engineering Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe announces the strategic hire of Sannel Patel as a Process Engineer. Patel’s main objectives will be improving existing manufacturing mechanisms and spearheading the commercialization of a BioSafe’s new manufacturing process, OxyFusion. His work will cover all BioSafe segments with a strong focus on Post-Harvest/Food Safety and Meat & Poultry industries.

Sannel was born and raised in Botswana, Africa where he developed a love for cricket. He was offered university scholarships to play professionally but chose to attend Iowa State University where he received a degree in Chemical Engineering. Most recently he worked with Ozone Solutions in Iowa as a chemical engineer and technical sales manager. He will be relocating to Connecticut and be working out of BioSafe’s headquarters in East Hartford.

BioSafe is excited to welcome Sannel. For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

 

Tips to Control Lice and Mites on Poultry

Published with permission by Poultry Times.  Originally posted on August 21, 2017.

By Dr. Dan Cunningham

Special to Poultry Times

ATHENS, Ga. — Ectoparasites (e.g. lice & mites) are often a problem for small flock producers. These insects are extremely small (about the size of a pin head) and difficult to detect unless one knows how and where to look for these pests.

Even though they are very small and not easily noticed, they can cause problems for caretakers as well as the birds themselves. Heavily infested flocks can suffer substantial economic losses as a result of reductions in egg production, reduced weight gains, lower hatchability, increased feed costs and increased mortality.

Poultry workers may experience the uncomfortable conditions of numerous bites and skin rashes. The following is useful information for controlling these parasites in small flocks:

Northern Fowl Mite (white, gray, black or red in color)

Hosts include wild birds and rodents as well as poultry.
Infestations can occur at any time of the year.
Mites generally spend their entire life on or near the host.
Life cycle can be complete in as little as 5 days.
Chicken Mites (white, gray, black or red in color)

Hosts include wild birds (pigeons are a popular host) as well as poultry.
Hide off hosts during the day in nest boxes, cracks and crevices. Feed on hosts at night.
Life cycle can be complete in as little as seven days.
Workers may experience bites, itching or rashes.
Chicken Body Louse (yellowish color, flat body)

Spends it entire life on the chicken. No other hosts.
Chewing lice that feed on skin and feathers.
Life cycle is complete in 18 to 21 days.
Generally found around the vent area.
Management

It is not difficult to monitor birds in a small flock on a regular basis. Birds and nests should be checked at least monthly for signs of lice or mites. More frequent monitoring may be needed if the problem is severe.

Check birds at the base of the feathers and around the vent area for adult lice and mites or for evidence of eggs. Eggs may appear as dirty gray areas at the base of the feathers, particularly around the vent.
Look for evidence of lesions or skin irritation anywhere on the body of the bird.
Examine nest boxes for evidence of mites. Mites may be seen as rapidly moving specks on the nesting material or the hands. A flash light may be helpful in looking for these pests.
Be alert for unexplained rashes, itching or other skin disorders on workers.
Treatment

The most common treatment for poultry lice and mites for small flock owners is the use of a dust powder or spray solution. Permethrin and tetrachlorvinphos are insecticides commonly used for treating poultry with ectoparasites. These insecticides can be found in dust or spray applications in most farm animal supply stores and can be applied directly to the birds or to treat nests. Permethrin strips that can be hung in the pens are also available for lice and mite control. Regardless of which insecticide is used, it is important to follow label instructions.

Bird Application — To ensure proper treatment, it is important that all birds be treated. The insecticide must be applied so that it penetrates to the skin. Thorough application of the insecticide to the base of the feathers of all birds will be required. In addition, a follow up application will be necessary to kill newly hatched larvae. Eggs of ectoparsites are unaffected by these insecticides.
Application to Premises — When applying insecticides for ectoparasites, the material should be applied to areas where these pests hide. Thus, nest boxes, side and end walls, cages and other stationary equipment should be treated. As with direct application to the birds, a second application to kill parasites that may have hatched following treatment will be necessary.
Individuals should always follow label instruction on interval usage and application rates for pesticides. All pesticides are most effective when applied to clean facilities.

Controlling ectoparasites in poultry flocks will result in healthier and more economically productive birds for the pleasure and benefit of your family.

Dr. Dan Cunningham is a retired professor of poultry science with the University of Georgia’s Department of Poultry Science in Athens, Ga.

Introducing New AzaGuard Formulation from BioSafe Systems

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is excited to announce the release of a new and improved formulation of AzaGuard Insecticide/Nematicide. A common inert used in emulsified concentrates was recently put on the EPA watch list. To be proactive, BioSafe Systems underwent the process of reformulating AzaGuard and updating the label through the EPA to produce a more sustainable botanical insecticide which adheres to the company’s mission of providing highly effective but sustainable crop protection solutions. Additionally, over 30 new crops were added to the label including arugula, globe artichokes, pomegranates and cranberries to meet the increasing need for effective organic insect control solutions.

AzaGuard is a 3% Azadirachtin Botanical Insecticide utilizing the technical material that remains below 20% by weight to maintain high levels of other important limonoids. The inclusion of these important limonoids in AzaGuard enhances the efficacy of the active ingredient as an insect growth regulator, insect repellant and anti-feedant. In addition, AzaGuard is formulated in the U.S. under strict quality control conditions from technical material extracted from newly harvested neem seeds. These manufacturing efforts ensure that AzaGuard maintains the maximum potency until used by our customers.

For more information or a copy of the updated AzaGuard label, contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit biosafesystems.com.

Our Team Grows By Two New Members

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems announces the strategic hires of Kyle Pickles as the Technical Sales Representative for the California Central Coast and Steven Tillman as the Midwest Technical Sales Rep. Both will work in the Agriculture market segment.

Kyle Pickles is based on the Central California Coast as a Technical Sales Representative. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a BS degree in Agriculture Systems Management and a minor in Plant Protection and Crop Science. Kyle started his career in the water treatment services division of the Deerpoint Group but quickly decided his passion was working directly it growers and transitioned into a position with Helena Chemical Company. Kyle is eager to provide a high level of technical support and service to the Central Coast territory covering Oxnard/Ventura up to the Salinas Valley.

Steven Tillman lives in northern Indiana and will cover the Midwest where he has extensive regional agricultural knowledge. Steven graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business Management and a minor in Agronomy. He then began working on retain agriculture for Ag Plus Inc. where he provided growers with customized fertilizer recommendations. Next, he transitioned to a Territory Sales Manager role at Compass Minerals International Inc. where he managed an 8-state trade territory, calling on retail agriculture establishments. Before coming to BioSafe, Steven was an Account Relationship Manager for North Central Co-Op. We are excited to have him bring his extensive expertise to our team.

BioSafe is excited to welcome these new members and is pleased to have them as part of our family. For more information, contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit biosafesystems.com.