Can Virocid® be used to disinfect litter?

Just follow the steps in this sanitation program based on HACCP norms:

  1. Empty feeders and/or disassemble equipment
  2. Do dry cleaning (=removing litter and dust, scrape manure,…)
  3. Wash down with alkaline detergent (removes fat and protein); if necessary rotate with acid detergent (to remove scale and lime)
  4. Rinse and let dry
  5. Disinfect with Virocid® (by spraying, foaming or fogging)
  6. Re-installation of equipment + covering floor with fresh litter
  7. Disinfection of litter:

– by thermal fogging: 1-2L Virocid® + 4L water / 1000m3
– by spraying 0,25% Virocid®. Just wet the litter, do not soak.

Remark: in case of dirt floors covered with re-used litter: spray 0,5% Virocid® 

I would like to use Virocid® in our hatchery in our cooling and humidity system. This system sprays humidity when required into the setters and the hatchers. Would Virocid® be safe for use in this application with regard to not having any adverse effect on the hatching chicks as the humidity sprays increase during the last stages of hatching?

Virocid® can be sprayed in setters and hatchers (preferable through a separate disinfection nozzle) and eventually through the humidifaction nozzle, but in that case not as frequent as the humidity sensor requires.

Via an Automatic Disinfection Unit (ADS) in single stage setters, we advise 6 ml desinfection solution each hour starting from day 4 at 12.00h. Disinfection solution consists of 0,5% Virocid® .

In hatchers, we recommend 0.042 cc / 1,000 eggs / hour for broilers. This will result in very low CFU’s and excellent chick quality.

To prevent algae and slime build up in your cupper cooling coils, you can add 0.5 % Virocid® in a closed circuit. As Virocid® has a neutral pH in dilution, it will not corrode the cupper coils. 

It have studied the product features in detail and would like to know the bioside ingrediant of Virocid® . I think its important to know what we are using. Thanking you Sheraz Jamshed Purchase Manager Big Bird Hatceries, Lahore, Pakistan

Virocid® is the most efficient disinfectant available today for hatcheries.
As you may have seen on the technical data sheet of Virocid® , it is a synergistic combination of Glutraldehyde, 2 kind of Quaternary ammonium (different chain length), isopropanol and pineoil.

The 3 biocidal actives give a wide spectrum. Isopropanol has also a bactericidal activity but more than that give a solvent effect that allows Virocid® to be fogged and to sanitize air by easy diffusion. The pineoil allows better surface contact and penetration in the cracks.
All this together with efficient sequestrants allows the best results in all conditions being hard water or organic matter.
The product is conform to the European directive and dangerous goods and the biocidal product directive, meaning is safe when used as stated on the label. 

According to your brochure, the product has residual action. How long will the residual action in terms of days after application. It also states that it works in the presence of organic matter. With this, why do you still require pre-cleaning in the animal husbandry applications. Thank you for your answers.

Residual action of a product depends on the circumstances. There are many factors, such as temperature, humidity, kind of surface, amount of organic material present etc… So, therefore it’s difficult to mention an exact number of days, as it will be different for each particular circumstance.

Cleaning before disinfecting is always necessary, as, when the stable is heavily poluted (which is always the case when animals have been there(), no disinfectant will be able to kill micro organisms, as the disinfectant will be inactivated by the organic material.
However, even when you did a perfect cleaning job, a residue of organic matter is unavoidable. This residue is estimated to be around 5%. Even this small amount is invisable, it is able to desactivate a disinfectant. Another factor which can have negative effect on the activity is hardness salts in water. This is the reason, why Virocid® has been tested for many micro organisms in the presence of 5% organic materialand being diluted in 400ppm hard water . This conditions simulates the fieldconditions and are therefore relevant testresults for the farmer. If you check the testings done in accordance with AOAC standards, you will see that Virocid® is highly effective, even in the presence of 5% organic matter and 400ppm hard water.
This is, in fact an important distinction between high qualtity and low quality disinfectants. Low quality products will not be highly effective in the fieldconditions, while they act very well in “clean” contitions (i.e. without organic material, and diluted in destilled water). Therefore, it’s always imporant to not only check the testresults, but also check the conditions of the testings.

We intend to spray under trucks at a dilution of 400 to 1 (30 trucks per day). At this dilution, what effect will Virocid® have on a watercourse?

Virocid® is perfect for using in a truck spraying system as Virocid® not only is a full spectrum disinfectant, it is also pH neutral in dilution, in other words : non corrosive on your trucks
As far a biodegradability is concerned, Virocid® fully complies with the international OECD standards. The concentrated Virocid® has a biodegradability of more than 90%. At 1 : 400 , and given the small amount of dilution that comes into the huge amount of water of the watercourse, this 1:400 dilution will be diluted another “zillion” times, so it’s effect is completely negligible on the watercourse. 

I currently manage a 6 shed (2862m2 each) broiler farm. I am looking at moving away from using formaldahyde as part of our terminal disinfection programe. Can you use Virocid® as a terminal disinfectant in the place of formaldahye? Will it give the same or better results?

Virocid® is a good alternative for formaline fumigation! It gives excellent results, and is safe to use (while formaline is carcinogenic!!).
Virocid® can be sprayed or foamed, you need 0.25 to 0.5% concentration and 1L solution per 4m2.
When you want to apply by thermal fogging, you need 1 – 2L of Virocid® + 4L water / 1000m3. You don’t need to add any fogg-enhancer.

I see that you fog at a rate of 1 to 4 but my fogger only has a 5 litre cannister. So I am wondering if I can put 3L of Virocid® to 1L of water since my barn is 3000 cubic meters?

It’s actually ideal that your cannister has 5 liter volume. We have good results if we take 1L Virocid® + 4L water to fog. With this, you can fog a space of 1000 cubic meters. In your case, as your barn is 3000 cubic meters, that means that you repeat the fogging 3 times, by this, you create enough mist to cover the whole space.