Enabling poultry producers to improve livestock production by monitoring the microbial status of flocks
Veterinarians, livestock production managers and farmers know what is best for their animals. Based on knowledge and experience, they do their best to improve animal health and well-being, as well as ensure food safety. Imagine making smarter decisions with the help of our tests that monitor the microbial status of the entire flock.
The ScreenFloX® platform comprises a broad range of kits. Our Clostridium perfringens kit helps for example to detect both endemic and pathogenic population and to detect the potential risk of necrotic enteritis (NE).
In addition, the dynamics of the endemic population allow poultry producers to draw conclusions on the health status.
Tests for the detection of pathogens relevant for food safety in preparation.
The ScreenFloX® platform will be developed continuously with more tests to come. Multiple tests can be performed using one sample and with minimal additional effort. Combining environmental screenings for avian and human pathogens saves costs and time for poultry producers.
A new way to understand livestock
ScreenFloX® is the only environmental screening system that non-invasively quantifies the levels of certain pathogens from an entire flock with a confidence level exceeding 90%.
Discover the smart alternative to traditional health tests
ScreenFloX® offers a fully integrated system solution for health monitoring of entire flocks. You’ll receive reliable results of the microbial status and can detect infections at an early stage. See more in our video!
How it works
Current common practice in animal diagnostics targets the testing of individual animals using invasive methods. Necropsy, histopathology, and confirmatory testing easily take several days and are expensive. ScreenFloX® is an environmental screening system that enables customers to detect levels of different pathogens for the entire flock using an unbiased, non-invasive method. The goal of using ScreenFloX® is to optimize the overall livestock production through an ‘early warning system’, giving the chance to react before it is too late to adjust the production system.
Feces are collected randomly throughout the barn. For a barn with approx. 25,000 birds, 96 droppings pooled into one composite sample are required for accurate test results. This sample is homogenized, and a portion is transferred to a sample collection tube containing a stabilization buffer.
Samples that are stabilized in sample collection tubes are protected from deterioration for several months prior to pre-treatment. The unique pre-treatment workflow then prepares the sample for the optimized DNA extraction step.
With the ScreenFloX® PCR Nucleic acid extraction kit, DNA is enriched and prepared for analysis by using a DNA-extraction instrument. Once extraction is completed, numerous pathogens can be detected from one sample.
Analyze using PCR
Multiple samples and pathogen tests can be run simultaneously by PCR technology to detect various pathogens. The ScreenFloX® workflow generates highly specific, sensitive and reproducible results.
Interpret the results
The use of an internal control combined with calibration standards allows for robust quantification of analytes. Based upon the reliable results generated through the quantitative real-time PCR-based ScreenFloX® workflow, poultry producers can now interpret the outcome and are able to decide on the risk status of a flock for the various pathogens.
Finally, customers can perform preventative measures and/or softly intervene in the production process to optimize the operation.
Benefits for all stakeholders
ScreenFloX® enables optimized livestock production, improving animal welfare and increasing food safety.
For farmers: Stable operation at reduced costs
Stable operation at reduced costs or improved operation at same cost.
For animals:Improved well-being
ScreenFloX® is an integrated system solution addressing pathogens which are affecting animal health and welfare.
For society:Increased food safety and food quality
Fulfilling society's need for safe and high-quality food through early screening.
A holistic approach to livestock farming
Evonik’s analytical services provide the stakeholders of the livestock industry with accurate and readily available analytical results – quickly, reliably and cost-effectively.
Precision Livestock Farming – the Evonik way
Every part of Evonik’s PLF is targeted to make the lives of farmers and poultry producers easier and improve overall performance. Evonik relies on science, and with ScreenFloX®, our customers can, too.Learn more
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Evonik Animal Nutrition is a highly reliable, globally operating provider of science-driven products and services for sustainable and efficient production of meat, fish, eggs and milk. The organization is marked by scientific excellence and sensitivity to the needs of our customers and society.