Success Stories - Water
Grower Rockets to All-Star Status after Implementing the Assist
When Andy from Assist Natural Products and Services met David
Marten in March of 2012, David was having inconsistent results and
his flocks were slightly above average at best. David was raising 50
day birds and like many of the growers in his area, David would
de-cake between flocks, use an ammonia control product, and treat
for beetles. Starts were consistently slow with high cull rates at
the middle and end of flocks. These issues were having a significant
impact on his profitability.
Wanting to improve his performance,
David agreed to start a trial with the Assist nutrition program.
Once David received his settlement sheets he compared the
performance of the control flock against the flock that was on the
Assist program. The trial results using the Assist products showed
significant increase in livability and payable pounds.
decided to use the Assist “Programmed Approach.” He cleaned his
water system with AWS 1200 and started sanitizing his water with the
AWS 5000. This eliminated his bio-film issues and improved the
functioning of his cool cells. David used the Assist Quickstart Plus
and Conversion nutritional products which improves the gut
microbiota and nutrient absorption. He started windrowing his litter
instead of removing it twice per year and began using Relentless
Plus and Defender to reduce the bacteria load in his litter and
barns. He found this to be very easy and effective from both a time
and an ammonia reduction standpoint.
Since implementing the full
program, David has been the top grower in six out of the last nine
flocks. His last 3 flocks were 80 points above the average! His
profitability has increased 3X!
Today, David is an ALL STAR GROWER!!
Assist program made a huge difference for my operation.
Performance has improved in every area, including
Improved Water Quality Leads to Enhanced
Performance for Broiler Breeder-Grower
Willie Marten is a successful broiler breeder-grower, but he has had
a challenge with loose birds. He sourced water from a pond on his
farm that had no filtration prior to reaching his birds. He was also
having issues with his cool cells because of algae buildup.
Willie’s son, David Marten, is also a broiler grower and had been an
Assist NPS customer for almost three years so he referred his dad to
Andy at Assist NPS. Following the Assist NPS protocol, a pre-filter
was installed along with the Stenner plug-and-play equipment to
automatically regulate the AWS dosage (no mixing or hazardous fumes
Once the water lines were cleaned with AWS 1200 to re move the
existing contaminate buildup, Willie switched over to the AWS 5000
to provide clean drinking water to his birds.
Willie was amazed at the results. The birds have tightened up, the
litter is drier, and the cool pads that were previously clogged a re
open and functioning well. The solution was simple: by adding A WS
and following our recommendations, Willie’s water quality issue has
been completely resolved and his birds are healthier.
“I am very happy with the results from the
water sanitation program. I am a big believer in Assist Natural
Products and Services.”
Water Treatment Dramatically Improves
Jerry Stutzman is a broiler grower who
was introduced to Assist NPS through his brother Nelson, a current
Assist NPS customer and advocate. Jerry was having some persistent
issues with his litter. He w anted to use chemical-free products in
his barns to control the ammonia but didn’t want to waste time and
money testing a lot of different options. Andy with Assist NPS
explained how important it is to have high-quality water for a
healthier gut and drier manure and how Assist NPS could help.
After speaking with other Assist NPS
customers, Jerry decided to give it a try. First, he cleaned his
water system with AWS 1200. Once the water lines were cleaned, Jerry
installed the Stenner plug-and -play unit to automatically measure
and inject the AWS 5000 solution into water lines, eliminating the
need to mix different products together or make any pH adjustments.
After a week, Jerry began to notice
water consumption was increasing and the birds were much tighter
than previous flocks. Additionally, the odor in his barns improved
and he even noticed an improvement in how he smelled after working
in the barns. After just a couple weeks, the birds’ water
consumption was at the highest level ever for their age. The cool
cells that were clogged were also becoming cleaner and starting to
When they came to catch his birds at
day 33, the catch crew was complaining about the size of the birds —
they said these were the biggest birds they had caught that week!
“The catch crew said that these were the
biggest birds they had caught all week! The Assist NPS water
treatment program definitely had results.”
Assist NPS's Water Sanitation Program Saves Swine Grower from Having to Invest in
a New Well.
Nate Hecht manages a hot nursery for
a large swine producer located in Western Ohio. Nate’s challenges
were many, including E. coli , scours, and other issues that were
increasing mortality. Lab tests indicated the presence of coliforms.
Nate tried shocking the well and treating it with chlorine bleach,
but nothing was working and he was considering drilling a new well.
Once Nate met with Assist NPS, he decided to try our Programmed
Nate first cleaned all the water
lines with AWS 1200 water system cleaner, removing all of the
existing sludge and contaminants by simply allowing the solution to
stand overnight, flushing the next day and repeating the following
day. Nate then began using AWS 5000, a HOCl solution, to provide
clean drinking water to his pigs. Since Nate was trying the product
for the first time, he elected to use a medicator to inject the
solution into the waterlines.
The change was absolutely amazing —
within a few weeks, the piglets began to turn around, proving how
critical high-quality, great-tasting water is for raising healthy
Nate has now installed a Stenner
plug-and-play system that injects AWS 5000 automatically into the
water supply on a daily basis. He is so relieved to have avoided
drilling a new well!
“We were at our wits end
to the point of pointing
fingers at each other.
There is no doubt that
Assist NPS’s Water
Solution has helped us
produce the best pigs
we have seen in a long
Cuts Penicillin Need by 75% and Delivers one of His Best Producing
Doug Hagemeier is an above-average
turkey grower, brood-to-finish, with two farms. In recent flocks on
one of his farms Doug has been fighting Dermatitis outbreaks. These
outbreaks begin to occur around week 15 forcing him to use
penicillin on a daily basis to control his death loss. Doug was
cleaning out between flocks, washing and disinfecting, and doing
everything he knew to get the dermatitis under control.
After being referred to Andy by another
grower who understood how the Assist “Programmed Approach” worked,
Doug decided to give it a try. Doug followed the full program which
addresses water, nutrition, and the environment. Doug did a complete
clean-out following the environmental protocol with the Cyclone
cleaning concentrate to wash his barns. Relentless Plus dry litter
amendment was applied to the subsurface and on top of new litter
with an application of Defender liquid litter amendment.
Next the drinking water system was
cleaned with AWS 1200 to remove biofilm and contaminants. After the
waterlines were cleaned, Doug switched to the AWS 5000 water
sanitizer for his drinking water.
The third step of the program was the
nutrition supplement. Doug started adding Assist Quickstart plus in
the drinking water for the next 4 weeks and then switched over to
the Assist Conversion product in the drinking water for two days
every 7 days for the balance of the flock.
The results were amazing for Doug’s
flock. He had reduced his penicillin by 75%, increased his
livability, and reduced his feed conversion by 10 points (adjusted
at 42 lbs.) with an average increase of 1.0 lb. per bird compared to
his prior flock. Doug also pointed out the condition of his floors
(moisture) compared to his other farms was night and day.
Doug started his next flock on day 1 in
the brooder with Quickstart Plus and AWS 5000 and he said, “These
are the best looking birds I have seen coming out of the brooder.”
Having had one of his best producing
flocks, Doug is a believer in Assist!
“I started my next flock on day 1 with
Quickstart Plus and Assist Water Solutions… Best looking birds I
have seen coming out of the brooder.”
Treatment and Nutrition Program Dramatically Improves Health and
Mike Plager is a
successful dairyman and row crop farmer with typical well-sourced
water. Mike hadn’t used any water sanitation products on his farm
because he felt his water was adequate. Like most farmers, Mike
thought seeing bio-film in the tanks and water troughs seemed normal
considering the cows were drinking the water. However, like most
dairymen, Mike continued to have persistent issues with sick calves
Mike first tried using a Chlorine
Dioxide water sanitizer to see if that would improve his drinking
water. He started to see some improvement, but not as much as he
anticipated. Additionally, he didn’t like having to mix product and
inhaling hazardous fumes, so he stopped using it. On the
recommendation of Andy Thompson at Assist NPS, he switched to the
Assist NPS cleaner. He used AWS 1200 to clean his water lines and
then started to use AWS 5000 for better tasting water. He
immediately noticed a change in the taste of the water in the milk
house. T he water tasted so good he piped the same water to his
Mike was so pleased with the Assist
NPS water products he decided to look at the next step in the Assist
NPS program — Nutrition. He began adding Assist NPS Quickstart Plus
to the milk replacer wit h each feeding of his calves at 1/4 oz. per
feeding per calf per day. The results have been astonishing. The
scours in the calve s are gone. Mike has not given his calves a shot
in 6 months, resulting in markedly improved health and milk
“My cows and calves are healthier and
producing more milk. In fact, I haven’t had to give a calf a shot in
About Assist NPS
Assist NPS delivers breakthrough solutions in animal
health which increase livestock producer revenue
through the science of Competitive Exclusion. Assist
NPS’s all natural, field and university-tested
solutions maximize animal health, size and
livability, and reduce feed consumption by
addressing water, environmental and nutritional
factors in livestock operations. This results in
improved animal performance, optimal production barn
conditions and increased profits for the producer.