Assist delivers breakthrough animal health solutions for the world’s largest livestock operations. These turnkey solutions increase feed productivity and reduce mortality by integrating water, nutrition and environment. Best of all, we do this without using animal pharmaceutical products or harmful chemicals. Our products are natural and pose no harm to humans, animals or the environment.
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Water: From testing to filtering to conditioning to treating, Assist assures the cleanest and most palatable drinking water for your animals.
Nutrition: Assist has a decade of experience identifying and resolving gut issues that prevent animals from growing at the rate they should. Assist’s all-natural, non-pharma nutrition products include key components such as probiotics, amino acids, trace minerals and organic acids to rebalance the gut and create a strong and healthy digestive system.
Environment: Assist offers the most comprehensive environment solution for dairy, poultry, swine and beef growers who want to improve animal health and welfare issues in their barns. Assist solutions include litter amendments for ammonia control while at the same time extending the litter life cycles, and barn cleaning and disinfection and lagoon maintenance. Safer, cleaner, pathogen-free barns lower mortality and disease rates and increase animal productivity gains.
The average levels of sulfates should be 125 mg/l. Higher levels in excess of 250 mg/l can cause a laxative effect on the animal. This can result in lower weight gain, lower feed consumption and possible dehydration.
The acidity or alkalinity of water is expressed as its pH level. Neutral water (that which is neither acid nor alkaline) has a pH of 7. Acidic water has a pH lower than 7 and alkaline water has a pH greater than 7. Well water normally has a pH in the range from 6.8 to 7.8, although it is not uncommon for the pH to be much higher or lower. Acidic drinking water in the range of 5 to 6 can have a positive effect on digestion and nutrient uptake. Drinking water with pH levels under 5 that includes harsh acidifiers may corrode watering equipment and may impede the effectiveness of certain pharma products and vaccines.
High sulfate in water is usually a natural problem. The primary issue with excessive sulfate levels in animal drinking water is its laxative effect. Animals given a source of drinking water with high sulfate levels may experience a temporary laxative effect until becoming acclimated to the water. High sulfate may also impart a bitter taste to water that can result in reduced water intake. Sulfate levels greater than 50 ppm may affect performance when sodium, magnesium or chloride levels are high.
Iron will stain almost everything it contacts, and it is a common water quality issue. Iron can promote EColi and Pseudomonas bacteria. Iron also can impact taste and palatability. Build-ups of iron in water lines impede water flow and water availability for animals. While recent studies indicate that iron in the water does not appear to affect animal health, we have seen an increase in water consumption when removing Iron completely. Iron bacteria are more likely to thrive in water with high Iron concentrations. As a result, biofilm buildup can occur, which can obstruct nipple drinkers and promote pathogen proliferation.
Although hard water may cause stains, leave residues, or cause other physical problems in water-handling equipment such as buildup of scale and other deposits, hard water has not been demonstrated to have either a positive or negative impact on livestock performance. Calcium and magnesium salts cause the water to be “hard” and can lead to scale and sludge buildup within water lines. Hardness reduces the effectiveness of soaps, disinfectants and the administration of some medications. The harder the water, the quicker bio-films and residues from medications will build up.
The gut contains a majority of the micro-organisms in the body and contains the largest immune organ. The gut accounts for 20% of the energy expended by the animal so it is very important that it operates at peak efficiency.
Probiotics are essential to providing a healthier balance in the gut. Enhancing the immune system translates to improved disease resistance along with improved nutrient utilization.
Probiotics provide a healthy micro-flora in the gut that provides the animal effective tools to fend off stress and disease. Probiotics work to competitive exclude or out compete pathogenic bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella. A healthy micro-flora enhances weight gain and improves survival of the animal.
Acidifiers lower the pH in the GI tract thereby providing an unsuitable environment for growth of pathogens such as coliforms, which are often responsible for high animal mortality.
Absolutely! Producers and consumers are worried about the long term effects of the use of antibiotics as the long term usage could lead to resistance of routine antibiotics. Probiotics and acidifiers provide an excellent alternative to antibiotics by providing a healthier better balanced gut for improved animal performance without the fear of resistance as is the case with antibiotics.
Over half of the nitrogen excreted by chickens and turkeys is lost to the atmosphere as ammonia before the litter is removed from the house. Lower ammonia levels in poultry houses results in improved production efficiency, better feed conversion, increased live weights and decreased mortality.
Ammonia can do a lot of harm to the animal — especially the respiratory system. Further, it can effect overall animal health and welfare. As suggested by Joseph B. Hess, Extension Poultry Scientist and Associate Professor in the Department of Poultry Science at Auburn University, “The detrimental effects of ammonia in poultry production have been known for years. Numerous laboratory and field studies have shown how ammonia levels as low as 10 parts per million (ppm) affect bird health and performance.”
Body weight, feed-efficiency, and condemnation rate may be higher in birds exposed to levels of ammonia exceeding 10 ppm. Once the respiratory system is compromised, this effectively opens the door for adverse species of bacteria to grow and populate the gut.
For best results with ammonia odor control, it is highly recommended the clay floors be sprayed prior to spreading any shavings. Spray 1/2 gallon of the litter amendment concentrate per 1,000 square feet of barn space. Dilute the concentrated product per the instructions above and spray directly onto the clay floor.
Yes, these products are OMRI Organic Certified and are safe for use around birds. Applying at a rate of ½ gallon per 1000 sq. foot of barn floor will be safe for the birds as well as provide significant ammonia odor control.
Sludge accumulation is a common problem in aging lagoons. Excess solids from inside the barn are released into the lagoon at a rate in which the natural biological system simply cannot keep up. This results in a heavy build-up in the lagoon, which consequently reduces the design efficiency and overall capacity for treatment. Assist’s Pit Perfect is ideal additive to help bio-digest excess sludge build-up. This helps return the lagoon to peak performance, dramatically reducing the need to mechanically remove these solids.
As discussed above as the lagoon loses its efficiency to treat waste effectively due to excess build-ups of solids. The natural biological system is simply overwhelmed and creates an environment where odor-causing bacteria grow. Assist’s Pit Perfect stimulates bioactivity by rapidly breaking down and consuming solids build-up in the lagoon therefore reducing or eliminating the growth of odor causing bacteria.
Whether you are raising cattle, hogs or poultry, hard surface cleaning is critical to controlling the growth of unwanted pathogens and is a critical step in any producer’s biosecurity program. As both hard and soft surfaces collect contaminants such as dust, mold and mildew, bio-film, pathogenic bacteria grow and quickly accumulate on these surfaces. Controlling the spread of these unwanted bacteria protects the overall heath of your animals.