Russia Baltic Pork Invest (RBPI) focused a good deal on biosecurity and decided to mount the fly screen on every single air inlet, that is on every farm of the company in Russia.
Given that SKOV supplied the ventilation on the three newest farms, RBPI contacted SKOV for a possible solution.
It is well-documented that flies can bring infection into a livestock house, and that pigs can become infected if they eat dead, infected flies, says Carsten Rasmussen, Manager of SKOV Russia LLC.
In recent years, SKOV has worked on a solution integrating fly screens on the wall inlets. The solution would only meet the requirements if it did not affect the ventilation capacity of the installation; besides, it should be easy to mount and clean.
“When RBPI contacted us, we did not have a product that was ready for sale, but the interest of RBPI made us intensify the development process so that we, at the end of 2018, could launch a product that lived up to our requirements, as well as the customer’s” says Carsten Rasmussen.
The fly screens are easy to assemble and mount to the outside of the air inlet, without the assistance from a service technician.
We initially started the development of the fly screen based on poultry production, where studies proved that you could minimize the prevalence of campylobacter by mounting a fly screen on all the air inlets.
"In the summer of 2019, we installed the SKOV fly screen on all the air inlets mounted in all the sow, weaner, and finisher sections. This way, we minimized the risk of infection that can enter the livestock house through the air inlets" says David Nielsen, Pig Production Director, RBPI Group.
Two of the houses in Russia installed with fly screens.
In addition to mounting fly screens on all 27,000 air inlets, RBPI has also opted for securing the air outlet with a chimney cap and net, so that wild birds cannot infect the production with their debris.
"Protection of both the air inlets and air outlets is part of a broader plan to optimize our biosecurity. We also have an immense focus on the access to the farms and instruct the employees and vendors in professional conduct so that they do not, inadvertently, bring infection to the livestock house", concludes David Nielsen.
The many outbreaks of African Swine Fever worldwide have resulted in an increased focus on equipment and management that can reduce the risk of getting the dreaded disease. SKOV currently tests the fly screen on several other large pig and poultry farms.
Carsten Rasmussen from SKOV (left) and David Nielsen from Russia Baltic Pork Invest (right) at SKOV's headquarters.