The Role of Antimicrobial Additives in Animal Feeders

Paul Willocks
Marketing Manager (Addmaster)
The Role of Antimicrobial Additives in Animal Feeders

In the agricultural industry, maintaining hygiene is paramount for the health and well-being of livestock. However, one often overlooked aspect is the hygiene of essential equipment such as water troughs, feed troughs, drinkers, sheep dips, footbaths, and water tanks. These items, if not adequately maintained, can become breeding grounds for bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens, posing significant health risks to the animals they serve.

Plastic water troughs and feed troughs are particularly susceptible to contamination. They are prone to accumulating dirt, debris, and organic matter, providing an ideal environment for pathogens to thrive. Additionally, the constant exposure to moisture and organic materials creates favourable conditions for microbial growth, further exacerbating the problem.

Paxton Agricultural Tay

The consequences of unhygienic equipment in an agricultural environment can be severe. Contaminated water and feeding troughs can lead to the spread of diseases among livestock, resulting in decreased productivity, increased veterinary costs, and in some cases, mortality. Moreover, the presence of pathogens in farm equipment not only affects animal health but also poses risks to human health, especially for those involved in handling the animals and their products.

Recognising this issue, Addmaster, a leading provider of antimicrobial solutions, offers a solution to enhance hygiene in agricultural environments. Their antimicrobial additive, Biomaster, can be incorporated into the manufacturing process of plastic farming equipment, providing long-lasting product protection against a range of microorganisms.

By integrating Biomaster antimicrobial technology into water troughs, feeders, drinkers, and other farm equipment, manufacturers can significantly reduce the risk of microbial contamination. Biomaster works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria on the surface of the treated products, thus preventing the formation of biofilms and reducing the spread of pathogens.

Paxton Feeding Trough

One notable example of a company leveraging Biomaster antimicrobial technology is Paxton Agricultural, a valued customer of Addmaster. Paxton Agricultural understands the importance of hygiene in livestock management and provides an antimicrobial option on its range of products. By providing this option, Paxton Agricultural not only ensures the hygiene and well-being of livestock but also demonstrates their commitment to sustainable and responsible farming practices.

By incorporating antimicrobial additives such as Biomaster into the manufacturing process, manufacturers can enhance the hygiene and longevity of their products whilst mitigating the risk of disease transmission among livestock. Companies like Paxton Agricultural are leading the way in adopting these innovative solutions, setting a precedent for sustainable and responsible farming practices.

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