Livestock Industry

Farm applications: such as Livestock Watering, Drinking Water Disinfection, Dairy, Milking Operations, Pre- and Post-Teat Dip, CIP Sanitizer, Poultry Cooling & Humidification Pad Treatment, Irrigation & Drip Line Cleaning, Iron and Manganese Removal from Water Supply.

Why Pig Farm Biosecurity matters for you

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Keeping your livestock as protected from disease agents as possible is as important as any other aspect of your business.
The measures put in place to accomplish that are known as biosecurity, and today, more than ever, they are essential for any farming business.
There are two aspects to biosecurity, the first are measures taken to avoid any pathogens and diseases entering your farm or the herd itself, and these are known as external biosecurity.
Internal biosecurity is the second, and these measures are focused on the prevention of any disease spreading within the herd, or across the farm to other herds if some animals are found to carry the pathogen.

 

For both aspects of Biosecurity, there are three main components, these are:

Segregation

Keeping your livestock segregated from other animals that may carry an infection is the simplest way to avoid that infection. After all, if the pathogen never enters the farm or herd, it can never contaminate either.
Barriers around the farm, or individual herds in the case of internal biosecurity, can prevent most contamination as long as they are applied correctly and well maintained. This means that no animals should enter or leave their specific holding wherever possible, not just pigs, but any animals on the farm, and as far as possible, humans as well. This is because other animals and humans can carry the infection into other areas unwittingly. By reducing movement, you eliminate the possibility of infection.

Cleanliness

Of course, while segregation is the foundation for biosecurity, at some point, materials, people, and objects such as vehicles, will have to enter or leave the farm and animal holdings. The next step in biosecurity comes at this point, and that is cleanliness. For vehicles, people and anything else transported across a barrier, ensuring everything is thoroughly cleaned of all visible dirt every time can remove most contaminants.
The most common way contaminants are transported is within the urine, fecal matter or other bodily emissions that stick to the surface of the object, cleaning off that matter will therefore also remove the contaminate itself. This can be accomplished with a combination of soap and water, using a brush for smaller objects like boots, over trousers and equipment, or a pressure washer for larger items such as vehicles. It is crucial that this cleaning is carried out on anything travelling across a barrier, and it is done for all items travelling in both directions, in or out of the farm, holding or other segregated areas.

Disinfection

Applied effectively, a disinfectant can neutralize any infection remaining on cleaned objects, and can also be used to ensure that drinking water for animals is free from any pathogen.

 
 
 

ECA Technology delivers the Solution you need

Thanks to technology, we have developed a system that produces a disinfectant solution, non-toxic and degradable, capable of destroying bacteria, spores, viruses, molds, yeasts, fungi, biofilms (biological incrustations) on pipes and removing odors. The system requires only water, Sodium or Potassium Chloride (salt) and electricity to produce very effective disinfectant, called Anolyte.
As noted in several scientific publications, multicellular organisms, including humans and hot blood mammals, defend themselves against pathogens and foreign microorganisms by synthesizing, through metabolism, complex mixtures of metastable oxidizing compounds. These compounds possess a wide spectrum of action and are capable of damaging all major systemic groups of pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, mycobacteria, viruses, molds, spores, etc.) without damaging multicellular organisms and human tissues. The oxidizing liquids and their chemical production mechanisms are similar to those generated in our ECA system and are precisely these common characteristics that give Anolyte high biocompatibility with human tissues and multicellular organisms besides not being toxic to the environment.
The main benefits include low costs, the versatility of use, easy to install (no need to modify any existing system), proven effectiveness and the absence of problems that we can find in the traditional chemicals treatments.

 
 
 

Using Anolyte on your Pig Farm

There are 3 areas where Anolyte can help maintain exceptional biosecurity on your farm, these are:

Environmental Hygiene

The right cleaning and disinfection processes for the pig house reduces the number of bacteria in the environment and therefore lowers the risk of infection for the pigs themselves. To get the most from Anolyte, first, remove all organic matter and any equipment from the house, soak and clean everything, then spray and fog the Anolyte afterward.

Human Hygiene

There are two aspects to the hygiene required from humans who interact with the pigs or their environment.

Hand Hygiene

Anyone working directly with the animals, their environment or equipment used with the animals and their surroundings can be directly involved in transmitting infections. Washing hands before entering or leaving a pig house or other segregated area is standard biosecurity behavior, however, this effect can be improved. After cleaning the hands using a quality soap, Anolyte can be used to disinfect thoroughly afterward.

Boot Hygiene

A footbath needs to be fast and effective to provide good biosecurity without too much disruption to the farm operation. Anolyte is a powerful disinfectant that accomplishes this, the Hypochlorous Acid acting quickly and offering excellent levels of performance.

Drinking Water Hygiene

Water is essential for the health and wellbeing of pigs, and so the quality of their drinking water is a crucial component in pig welfare. Disinfecting drinking water is also integral to any biosecurity measures, but such disinfectant should leave no residue, stay effective throughout the water run and of course, leave the water safe for the animals to drink. Anolyte does all these things in one package, making it perfect for continuous application to the water source.

Adhesion to surfaces is a common and well-known behavior of microorganisms. This adhesion and subsequent metabolism lead to the formation of bacterial biofilms. Chlorination of a mature biofilm is usually unsuccessful because the biocide only reacts with the outer portion of the biofilm, leaving a healthy and substantial bacterial community on the surface that rapidly regrows. Bacteria within biofilms develop increasing resistance to the biocide on repeated dosing. Anolyte can effectively remove the biofilm.

 
 
 

ABOUT ECA

ECA stands for electrochemical activation and is a technology that has been employed for more than 100 years, although it was not until the 1970s that the physicochemical properties of ECA were extensively researched at the All-Russian Institute for Medical Engineering.

The transformation of low mineral salt solutions into an activated metastable state, by electrochemical unipolar action, generates two separate and distinct compounds, generically termed anolyte and catholyte which correspond to their derivative electrode chambers:

  • The anodic (positive charge) solution contains a variety of oxidants, including hypochlorous acid, singlet oxygen, peroxide anion, superoxide, ozone, monoatomic oxygen and free radicals, known to possess antimicrobial properties
  • The cathodic (negative charge) solution develops detergent properties, contains sodium hydroxide in a highly excited state

The use of electrolysis for the production of reductant-oxidant solutions is used in the processes of water purification and decontamination, as well as for transforming water or diluted electrolyte solutions into environmentally friendly anti-microbial, washing, extractive and other functionally useful solutions.

This is largely due to ECA high activity, use of cheap raw materials and ease of production.

The system produces a liquid disinfectant, non-toxic and degradable, capable of destroying bacteria, spores, viruses, moulds, yeasts, fungi, biofilms (biological incrustations) on pipes and removing odours. Its operation requires only water, Sodium or Potassium Chloride (salt) and electricity.

 
 
 

HOW ECA WORKS

ECA works the same way as the human immune system. When the body is under attack from invading bacteria and viruses, the immune system immediately responds by sending neutrophils (white blood cells) to the invasion site.

Neutrophils are one of the body’s main defences against bacteria and, once activated, produce large amounts of a mixed oxidant solution which is effective in eliminating invading microbes and pathogens.

This weak acid, which occurs naturally in the human body, is called hypochlorous acid (HClO) and it is a potent disinfectant. It is non-toxic to humans and is highly effective as an antimicrobial agent with rapid action. Hypochlorous acid is widely recognized as one of the most effective known biocides.

In detail, the system consists of an electrolysis cell containing two electrodes, a cathode and an anode, separated by a diaphragmatic membrane. In the cell is injected an aqueous solution consisting of filtered and softened water and, depending on the application, sodium chloride (NaCl, salt) or potassium chloride (KCl). With the use of electricity with predefined and controlled amperage and voltage values, the cell produces an electrically-activated liquid, Anolyte, with high disinfection power that can be used in a variety of applications.

This unipolar electrochemical activation created by potential gradients of millions of volts per cm2 between the anode and cathode terminals, results in the creation of solutions whose pH, Oxidation Reduction Potentials (ORP) and other physicochemical properties, lie outside of the range which can be achieved by conventional chemical means.

 
 
 

CHARACTERISTIC AND ADVANTAGES OF ELECTRO-ACTIVATED SOLUTIONS

Electro-activated solutions produced by the system are respectively:

  • Acid Anolyte is a very strong oxidizing and disinfecting agent and can be used wherever there are no constraints on the pH value (in the absence of corrosion hazards). Acid Anolyte acts extremely quickly and effectively against all bacteria, viruses, spores, moulds, fungi and algae, even if diluted in water or nebulized.
  • Neutral Anolyte is used wherever a neutral pH (corrosion risk) is needed. Neutral Anolyte is extremely effective against a wide range of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, spores, moulds and fungi.
  • Catolyte is a powerful reducing agent, it is alkaline and is an excellent detergent liquid that can also be used in flocculation and precipitation of heavy metals. It can also be used in applications where pH correction is required.
SolutionActive ElementpHORP/REDOX
Acid Anolyte Active Cl
500 / 700 ppm
2.5 / 5.0 1200 / 1000 mV
Neutral Anolyte Active Cl
500 / 700 ppm
6.0 / 8.0 950 / 850 mV
Catolyte Sodium hydroxide
1000 ppm
10.0 / 12.0 -800 / -900 mV

 

As presented in several scientific publications, multicellular organisms, including humans and hot blood mammals, to defend themselves against pathogens and foreign microorganisms are able to synthesize, through metabolism, complex mixtures of metastable oxidizing compounds.

These compounds possess a wide spectrum of action and are capable of damaging all major systemic groups of pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, mycobacteria, viruses, moulds, spores, etc.) without damaging multicellular organisms and human tissues.

The oxidizing liquids and their chemical production mechanisms are similar to those generated in our ECA system and are precisely these common characteristics that give Anolyte a high biocompatibility with human tissues and multicellular organisms besides not being toxic to the environment.

Anolyte has the following advantages:

  • It has a high ORP (oxidation-reduction potential) value of between 850 and 1200 mV, obtained thanks to the numerous oxidizing compounds present in large quantities but each with low concentration; this peculiarity allows Anolyte to have much greater efficacy than chloramines, sodium hypochlorite and most other disinfectant and sterilizing agents.
  • It is a powerful biocidal product that kills pathogenic, viral and fungal microorganisms (Staphylococcus aureus, Legionella Pneumophila, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Bacillus Cereus, Escherichia coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Hepatitis B virus, virus Poliovirus, HIV, Adenovirus, Norovirus, pathogenic Tuberculosis, Dermatomycoses and other).
  • Thanks to the mixture of various metastable active ingredients of which it is composed, Anolyte eliminates the ability to adapt the microorganisms to its bactericidal effect, thus not allowing the developing resistance.
  • Has a low concentration of active oxygen and chlorine compounds, which guarantees absolute safety and non-toxicity to humans and animals, even after prolonged use of the Anolyte.
  • Can be applied in the liquid form, ice or aerosol (mist), in pure or diluted form.
  • Contrary to other disinfectants, it can be used as a multifunctional solution at all levels of disinfection, both as a detergent and as a sterilizer at the same time.
  • Degrading various organic compounds in harmless residues.
  • After its use, it degrades spontaneously without leading to the formation of toxic xenobiont (the synthesis products in biology).
  • Does not require any neutralization prior to disposal.

Anolyte and Catholyte also have the following characteristics:

  • Do not require special attention to handling.
  • Can be used in all stages of disinfection (Anolyte) and cleaning (Catolyte).
  • At recommended concentrations, do not bleach materials and surfaces.
  • Are hypoallergenic.
  • Have a quick action.
  • Their production only develops water, hydrogen and oxygen.
  • Generated by-products are not toxic, are environmentally friendly and do not leave chemical residues.
  • Can be generated in situ by eliminating the handling and storage of chemicals.
  • Can be safely disposed of in sewage systems.
 

Here you can find some ECA Water Applications

 

About Yasin Akgün

Yasin Akgün, of Turkish origin, was born in Munich on 22 May 1977. After completing his high school diploma he completed his studies of mechanical engineering at the TU Munich. Since 2006, he is the proud owner of the Munich watering place, which was in the inner courtyard of Fraunhoferstr. 13 from 1987 until 2018.
Since 2018 Aquacentrum has moved to Garching, a suburb of Munich.>More about Yasin Akgün in his biography
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