According to FAO data, by October, 6.95 million pigs had already been put down in Asian countries due to the contamination
Since August 2018, Asian and European countries have been suffering from an outbreak of African Swine Fever. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 6.95 million pigs have been put down in Asian countries due to the contamination. The organization estimates there are 348 outbreaks throughout Asia. Since it is a highly contagious disease, which causes severe harm to animals, strict sanitary surveillance is required to ensure that this highly resistant virus does not spread and enter countries outside the risk zone.
The Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA) believes that the chances of African Swine Fever entering Brazil are very low. However, pig farmers may still consider adopting sanitary measures that ensure safe handling and living conditions for the animals, starting from nutrition.
ICC Brazil is a pioneering company in the production of innovative solutions for yeast-based animal nutrition and values the animals' quality of life as well as the quality of meat to be consumed. It has a wide range of products that contribute to healthy growth, thus replacing growth promoters and employing more natural approaches to swine nutrition.
Recently, ICC Brazil has entered into a partnership with a commercial swine farm, located in the countryside of São Paulo, in Leme. The primary purpose is to prove the effectiveness of animal nutrition products in practice. “This partnership will allow ICC Brazil to carry out even more advanced scientific research related to their products. This is quite important since experiments carried out under actual field conditions improve the reliability of experiment results,” says Ricardo Barbalho, National Sales Manager at ICC Brazil.
The farm has about 1,700 swine matrices and three installations for the nursery phase: the first has 48 stalls, and the other two have 50 stalls each. It also has maternity installations, in addition to facilities for growing and termination phases, its feed manufacturing plant, and silos to distribute the feed in the nursery installations. The automated feeding equipment installed on the farm allows for simultaneous experiments and for the use/evaluation of employing different diets simultaneously. This is the third farm in Brazil to receive the automated feeding equipment.
Research – ICC Brazil invests R$ 1.5 million per year in the research and development of new solutions for animal nutrition and is expanding its team of researchers and technicians to increase its product line. The company has also partnered up with universities in Brazil and abroad to prove the efficiency of each product and to confer credibility and reliability to the studies and experiments conducted.