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01/27/2016

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT Tony Britt, Hatchery Manger - Hubbard Breeders GelDrop Technology in Broiler Breeder Operations

01/27/2016

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT Tony Britt, Hatchery Manger - Hubbard Breeders GelDrop Technology in Broiler Breeder Operations

The following is the transcript from a ClearH2O® interview with Mr. Tony Britt, Hatchery Manager with Hubbard Breeders, at their Pikeville, Tennessee facility. Corrections to grammar and some wording have been made for clarity with no alteration to meaning.

ClearH2O®: Hubbard Breeders is clearly among the early adopters of GelDrop® technology. What is it about this new tool that you’ve found of interest to incorporate into your hatchery management practices?

 

Tony Britt: The first element in which we tried the applicationwas for feed additive delivery. Because we have to ship birds quite a far distance from our facility, we went ahead and used the ClearH2O® firm gel technology to help the birds to have less stress by using a less wetting hydration supplement. Other products would actually wick out and cause wet spots on the bottomof the crate liner.  We found it very valuable to administer it and then allow the birds to preen and settle down before their trip.

 

ClearH2O®: Had you been using a hydration supplement before?

 

Tony Britt: We had, we’ve used several before this technology came out. Of course, the first product of ClearH2O®’s we tried was HydroAid (previous product name to HYDROGEL95), which was a better product than the one we were currently using at the time, which we won’t mention the name. We had worked very intrinsically with the previous supplier to try to come up with a formulation for this supplement to help the birds travel. Then we went to your system, originally, and then as you advanced with your technology so did we, so we incorporated this on our processing line. Since then you’ve incorporated even better product enhancements.

 

ClearH2O®: Beyond just hydration supplementation, you’re also utilizing gel technology for delivering vaccines?

 

Tony Britt: That is correct.

 

ClearH2O®: And other active ingredients?

 

Tony Britt: Yes. We’ve actually gone out and worked with some of our vaccine vendors to give us the protocol of how they would like to mix their vaccine in with the product (HydroDrop®). Currently, what we’re doing is adding in probiotics. We’re also using it for coccidiosis vaccine administration.

 

ClearH2O®: Those two ingredients are being incorporated into a single gel application? Or, do you have multiple gel applications?

 

Tony Britt: Just one gel application.

 

ClearH2O®: Before the gel (GelDrop®) technology was developed how were these items being administered?

 

Tony Britt: Both of those target ingredients were mixed into just a water solution which is typically around 76˚For room temperature. This was delivered through a 21 mL water spray system which would leave large water dropletsvon the bird. It would actually wet the bird. Then we would have to protect the bird from wind so that they wouldn’t chilvlbecause the body temperature on the floor is around 104˚F. We found that when we applied chicks with the water spray,their temperature could drop down into the 98˚F range. When we switched to use the gel (GelDrop®) technology, the chicks were only dropping a half to one full degree before they started to regenerate to their normal internal temperature.

 

ClearH2O®: From an administration standpoint you found some increases in efficiency, consolidating multiple administrations into the gel and better temperature management of the birds.

 

Tony Britt: Right. That’s all based upon reducing the stress level of what the birds require so that they can settle down and go ahead and rest before thier long journey.

 

ClearH2O®: Were there any operational adjustments to the processing line that were required in incorporating gel technology (the GelDrop® Applicator)?

 

Tony Britt: No, your Service Rep had come down to install and train after we sent pictures of our processing line. When it came and was unpacked by your service guy, it went right on line and hooked right into our electrical system. It was just an easy in-easy out installation.

 

ClearH2O®: What are some of the advantages that you’ve observed, from a performance standpoint, that may have resulted from incorporating the technology of topical gel application?

 

Tony Britt: There’s two focuses (functions) of the product. One is a hydration element and two is the delivery system. When we first went to the new system of hydration performance we were really using it for the thirty to thirty-five week flock – and, we did see a decrease on their seven day mortality. We contributed that to less stress plus allowing the chicks to get hydration. Then, as HydroDrop® developed, we also were able to put in a dietary supplement into the gel for our own grandparent stock. We don’t have all the reports back yet because they’re still in grow out, but we’ve seen better uniformity.

 

ClearH2O®: Tony, since you’ve been one of the early adopters of this technology and you’ve seen different products through the years as it’s evolved, what are some opportunities for improvement that you would like to see worked on?

 

Tony Britt: Just thinking out loud, we’ve seen quite a bit of benefit from the changes that have already been incorporated. I think the technology of the delivery system is very good. The pressure system works a whole lot better than the traditional syringe system, which you see with the competitor systems, so we get an easier more fluid delivery system. I don’t know that there’s going to be much we need improved unless you’re able to help us with cleaning measures with the manifold heads a little bit more but, other than that, it’s a good easy operational machine. Component wise we’ve not had anything break down or need to tear down since we installed the newest GelDrop® Applicator on our line – providingopportunity for ClearH2O® to concentrate more on the product itself. The product (HydroDrop®) has changed, as you know, over the years. We have had our nutritionist involved in some of this, in selecting our dietary supplement that we needed, and so ClearH2O® rose to the occasion to add those ingredients into the system and deliver it. Now, we’ve gone through several advances, from reducing wetting/wicking to better droplet adhesion to allow the bird to preen as much it can and consume as much as it can. You’re going to have to tell me where you’re going next because, as of right now, we’re satisfied.

 

ClearH2O®: With the development in the industry towards antibiotic free production we hear talk about incorporating natural products with beneficial properties like essential oils and spices, ingredients that complement probiotics. What do you see as the future for gel delivery relative to the kinds of ingredients that could be incorporated?

 

Tony Britt: A key premise of your gel is that anything you add in is really not changing the viscosity of the gel and so currently we’re running actually two different brands of probiotics in the GelDrop® system. Both of them are very adequate. One of those measures is a very thick, pasty element but we’re able to go ahead and get that mixed in and delivered according to what the specifications of the manufacturer are. Going forward, whatever you come up with that’s going to  make the bird live, I think I’ll just eat it and help myself live a little longer too.

 

ClearH2O®: How much HydroDrop® is the right amount in your applications?

 

Tony Britt: Actually, when applying vaccine, we apply twenty-one to twenty-two cc’s. Although, if we see the product needing to be re-administered again then we’re going ahead to send the chicks back through which is going to give us a forty-four cc delivery. That’s going to depend on the amount of intake or ingestion on the first application and also the duration of the trip that the chicks have to go. We ship birds out of Pikeville, Tennessee worldwide and so the next time the product will be used will be going on an order going to Israel so they will receive two rounds of dose.

 

ClearH2O®: The total amount of HydroDrop® is over 40 mLs?

 

Tony Britt: That is correct.

ClearH2O®: Have you gotten any feedback on the performance and condition of these birds from the customers receiving them?

 

Tony Britt: Believe it or not, from our deliveries that are on the other side of the Mississippi, we do see better seven day performance. They do call back and say that they do see some better activity with the birds when they go on the litter. What do you attribute it to? It’s one of those conditions that you have to give it to all causes. Whether it’s the hydration, whether it’s the medication delivery, whether it’s transportation or actually a hatchery hatching well one day, it all works itself together.

 

ClearH2O®: In terms of another producer or colleague in the industry that is considering GelDrop® technology what would your advice be to them?

 

Tony Britt: My advice would be “Why are you not on it already?”

 

ClearH2O®: Thank you very much Tony. I appreciate your insights as to how Hubbard is incorporating this technology. We certainly look forward to continued development to make it even better. Thanks very much.

Thanks to Tony Britt, Hatchery Manager - Hubbard Breeders for his comments.

 

To view the complete interview video, please visit ClearH2O®’s website www.clearh2o.com.

 

Clearly Committed:

 

ClearH2O®® is committed to providing products that improve the welfare and productivity of poultry.

We offer poultry breeders and producers gel products that support the optimum delivery of hydration, nutrients, biologics and therapeutic ingredients to chicks and poults. Our proprietary product formulations and manufacturing process results in unsurpassed product consistency and convenience.

3 Legeview Dr.
Westbrook, ME 04092

PH:207-221-0039
TF:888-HYDROGL (493-7645)

FX:207-774-3449
www.clearh2o.com

01/27/2016

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT Dr. Don Ritter, Director of Health Services - Mountaire Farms

01/27/2016

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT Dr. Don Ritter, Director of Health Services - Mountaire Farms

The following is the transcript from a ClearH2O® interview with Dr. Don Ritter, Director of Health Services, Mountaire Farms.  Corrections to grammar and some wording have been made for clarity with no alteration to meaning.

ClearH2O®: We’re at the Delmarva Poultry Association National Meeting and visiting with Dr. Don Ritter, Director of Health Services for Mountaire Farms. We would like to get his insight on vaccination delivery technology through gel administration. Welcome, Dr. Ritter.

 

Dr. Ritter: Thanks, Bill. I’m glad to be here. 

 

ClearH2O®: It’s been a fabulous meeting, a lot of great speakers.  A lot of discussion on the increase of antibiotic free production practices, and the need by consumers to incorporate   those in the poultry industry. That brings with it a lot of challenges for effective vaccination programs, I would imagine.  I want to get your insight as to what are the  challenges  that  you’ve  experienced  for  Mountaire  and  how  you’ve overcome  those.

 

Dr. Ritter: The challenges in broilers has always been to do mass application of vaccines, but get the results of individual bird administration. We’ve worked on that a long time. We’ve gone through iterations. We had a machine that would eye drop the birds at one time. We had a machine called the Beak Evac machine that you could just squirt a little drop in the bird’s mouth. Again, it was individual bird handling. We got away from that for labor reasons, and repetitive motions, and concerns of employees. We went to mass applications. As you mentioned, the most common mass application is water spray. We found that has a lot of limitations, the more we looked at it. Especially with the ingested vaccines, like coccidial vaccines. Recently, we’ve moved into gel technology, partnering with your company, and others, and doing research in that area.

 

ClearH2O®: I’ve got to believe, and what I’ve known in working with you folks, you’ve really been a leader in exploring this whole area of gel application. What have you observed in terms of the advantages and disadvantages of gel?

 

Dr. Ritter: We first started working with gel vaccines delivery in 2009. I really do think we were pioneers back then.  We were looking at coccidial vaccines application and measuring outcomes by basically necrotic enteritis incidents  or number of birds that get necrotic enteritis. We developed ways to identify birds in the same house under different treatments. We found that our incidence of NE when we use a coccidial vaccine was lower, lowest actually, on the gel vaccinated birds of any other mass application method. Now if we hand vaccinated birds by gavage that was obviously the best. What we are seeking is a mass application method that approaches gavage results. And so that was our first foray into that. That wasn’t a commercially available method of vaccinating chicks back in 2009. It was experimental only. There were some patent concerns. Our partners kind of dropped out of interest in pursuing that. Two years ago, we started with gel technology again on a large scale and basically ran that program for about six months of the year - just coccidial vaccines. That’s when we were using your initial products and also products from another company, to do a comparison.

It quickly became apparent to us that you all were interested with moving the football down the field, and improving the technology, both in the application method, and instrumentation equipment, and also in the recipe for the gel.

 

ClearH2O®: With all that experience, and you observing the evolution of the gel technology, what are the current advantages and disadvantages and areas of continued improvement? We are still very early in introducing this into the industry. There is a long way to go. With your perspective with the experience that you’ve got, what are some of those opportunities?

 

Dr. Ritter: There are several things you want in a gel delivery system. One is you want the gel to be consumable. What I mean by that is we are going to drip it on the chicks. It’s going to set up in a form that they can eat from their neighbor. It’s not that they’re going to eat it on themselves. Sometimes they’ll get it on their wing or something. They usually get them from their buddy that is next to them because it is applied to their feathers, and they can pick it off from them. If you have a product that soaks down into the chick very quickly, it quickly becomes unavailable to the chick, and unavailable for consumption. When you gel a bunch of chicks and let them dry if they’re all green, or all red from the dye in the gel, you know you’ve left a lot of product on the feathers that didn’t get consumed. That’s kind of how we started. We started with a wet gel, kind of a quick soak in gel. We evolved to a thicker gel, you can’t pump it in a liquid method anymore.

Then you need different technology to pump the gel. You need different technology to mix the gel. We’re trying to mix the stuff through. Make sure everything is evenly distributed. The goal is to get each chick to get a dose. Know what that dose is. If we are applying a half a mL of gel per chick, we want them to eat half a mL of gel. We’ve got to be able to figure that out, and there’s ways to figure that out that we’ve developed and looked for. Some of them are very labor intensive or lab intensive. Some of them are less. Basically, visually is real easy to do. You gel the chickens and you see how yellow they are, after the gel’s consumed and dry.

 

 

ClearH2O®: In terms of efficacy, with the experience you’ve had and as the various products evolved what’s your current assessment of the overall efficacy of this method of  delivery?

 

Dr. Ritter: In our hands, I think the gel delivery has been very efficacious. The way we mainly measure that is our incidence of necrotic enteritis and when we’re on coccidial vaccine. Each time we’ve improved the gel process, we’ve gotten less necrotic enteritis. Our chicks are much drier. Okay. They’re less green. I know they’re eating more.  We’re vaccinating more individual birds. Our research data and feed conversion performance says that we’re getting record feed conversion on coccidial vaccines without the aid of ionophores. That’s important to note. It’s not naked vaccines. We do use BMD and Stafac. We don’t use anticoccidial that would affect the cocci cycling. We’re relying on application. Even application on all the chicks to get, to optimize the cocci cycling. The gel has allowed us to do that. A better gel and a better delivery will allow us to do that more.

 

 

ClearH2O®: There’s been a lot of interest in all of the different numbers of vaccines that are needing to get applied in the hatchery to combine them into one gel application, do you see that as a viable opportunity?

 

Dr. Ritter: Yes. I very much see that as a potential opportunity to combine vaccines into one application of gel. In fact, we’re trying that this summer, and have tried it by putting our respiratory vaccines in combination with our cocci vaccines. All in one application. Part of the problem is if we pre-wet them then you apply gel on top, then you get more of a soak in of your gel or a roll off which you’re losing some of your gel consumption, just by wetting them. We’ve found by our limited studies, now we haven’t done exhaustive studies, but our initial work shows that our efficacy of our respiratory vaccine is equal or better than water spray by putting everything in the gel together. In fact, we plan to continue with gel application of our respiratory vaccines into this winter and see if we can continue to demonstrate some benefits from that.

ClearH2O®: Certainly there’s been a great leap forward with this technology, but as I prefaced to our discussion, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. What do you see as the ideal gel, and if you had to identify some attributes for development that we should be looking at?

 

Dr. Ritter: To me, the ideal gel, the variables that we are trying to control or optimize, are one, we think we want a lot of droplets in the chick box. We think a lot of chances for chicks to consume individual doses, if you will, of vaccines. Okay. We’re looking at number of drops. We want the gel to stay in its original drop form, as long as possible, to be consumed before it soaks in the chick, and becomes unavailable. Generally it’s unavailable once it soaks in.  We don’t want to wet the chicks. We want to bring dry chicks out to the growers. The volume, again, if we can get a lot of dots with a thick gel, not a wetting gel, that will allow us to maybe back off on the volume a little bit, and still get everybody covered. What we are trying to optimize, the volume of gel, and that based on the viscosity of the gel, and the number of drops we have on the chick box. The combination of those is going to be optimal. That’s what we’re trying to optimize. Again, we want yellow chicks after all the gel is consumed, then we know our loss of material is minimal. That’s what we’re after.

 

ClearH2O®: Dr. Ritter, thank you very much. Not only for this opportunity to get your insights on gel delivery technology, but also from putting on a great meeting here at the DPI National Meeting. It has been fabulous, a lot of great speakers, and a lot of great information.

 

Dr. Ritter: Thanks for your kind words on the meeting, Bill. A committee puts that together. I’ve been chairman of that for a few years now. I take a lot of pride in the meeting and helping with it. I’m glad you could come and I’m glad you got something out of it and I hope to see you next year.

 

Thanks to Dr. Don Ritter, Director of Health Services - Moutaire Farms for his comments. 

To view the complete interview video, please visit ClearH2O®’s website www.clearh2o.com.

 Clearly Committed: 

 ClearH2O®®  is committed to providing products that improve the welfare and productivity of  poultry. 

 

We offer poultry breeders and producers gel products that support the optimum delivery of hydration, nutrients, biologics and therapeutic ingredients to chicks and poults. Our proprietary product formulations and manufacturing process results in unsurpassed product consistency and convenience.

3 Legeview Dr.
Westbrook, ME 04092

PH:207-221-0039
TF:888-HYDROGL (493-7645)

FX:207-774-3449
www.clearh2o.com

01/22/2016

ClearH2O® Launches New GelDrop® Applicator IPPE

01/22/2016

ClearH2O® Launches New GelDrop® Applicator IPPE

WESTBROOK, Maine (January 22, 2016) – With their commitment to continuous GelDrop® technology innovation, ClearH2O’s newest GelDrop® Applicator incorporates unique 3-row manifold heads that deliver more GelDrops® on day old chicks during hatchery processing, resulting in higher consumption of target ingredients and improved inoculation with vaccines.

 

The GelDrop® Applicator is designed to dispense HydroDrop® and DietDrop®, the non-wetting gels offered by ClearH2O, for optimum topical application of vaccines, probiotics, nutrients, therapeutics and other dietary ingredients for day-old chicks and poults. 

 

The GelDrop® Applicator clearly offers better gel delivery performance by optimizing the four key attributes of droplet size and adhesion, droplet distribution, homogeneous ingredient suspension, and the non-wicking/wetting properties of the GelDrop® products.  The dual, independent 3-row manifold heads are engineered with 60 nozzles to maximize the number of GelDrops® that stick on contact, eliminating roll off to increase the opportunity for preening and improve vaccine consumption.  The new manifold, in combination with the adjustable application volume (from 25 mL to 60 mL per chick box), and programmable delivery time ensure thorough GelDrop® coverage to achieve complete individual chick dosage.

 

ClearH2O’s proprietary GelDrop® formulation offers high water retention properties, resulting in more sustained GelDrops® available for preening, keeping chicks, poults and box liners dry and reducing thermal sensitivity.  In addition, the GelDrop® formulation maintains homogeneous suspension of target ingredients after proper mixing. 

 

Experienced GelDrop® Users See Measured Success

 

Explaining the efficacy and benefits of ClearH2O’s GelDrop® technology, Dr. Don Ritter, Director of Health Services for Mountaire Farms states, “In our hands, I think the gel delivery has been very efficacious. The main way we measure that is our incidence of necrotic enteritis. Each time we’ve improved the gel process, we’ve gotten less necrotic enteritis. Our chicks are much drier; they’re less green. I know they’re eating more, so we’re vaccinating more individual birds. Our research data and our feed conversion performance says that we’re getting record feed conversion on coccidial vaccines without the aid of ionophores.”

 

“There are two focuses (functions) of the product - one is a hydration element and two is the delivery system…and, we did see a decrease in 7-day mortality. We contributed that to less stress plus allowing the chicks to get hydration.  As HydroDrop® developed, we also were able to put in a dietary supplement into the gel for our own grandparent stock. We don’t have all the reports back yet because they’re still in grow out, but we’ve seen better uniformity,” said Tony Britt, Hatchery Manager with Hubbard Breeders.

 

For more information about the GelDrop® Applicator and ClearH2O products, visit our website at clearh2o.com or our YouTube channel or call us at 888-493-7645.

 

ClearH2O is exhibiting at IPPE in Booth #A2018 where the GelDrop® Applicator will be on display.

 

About ClearH2O

Founded in 2005, ClearH2O® is a Maine-based life science company meeting the needs of leading researchers, breeders and producers by providing products that optimize the delivery of hydration, nutrients, biologics and therapeutic ingredients to enrich animals’ lives. Leveraging expertise in food science and animal nutrition, we apply our proprietary gel technology to develop, manufacture and market cost-effective solutions to address unmet animal husbandry needs, while saving time and labor. ClearH2O products are produced in a state-of-the-art FDA inspected manufacturing facility and are always consistent in quality, eliminating nutrient and hydration variability.

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For more information, contact:        

William T. Thomas

Director, Business Development

ClearH2O

888-493-7645 (o)

207-756-2367 (c)

 

wthomas@strategicbizd.com

3 Legeview Dr.
Westbrook, ME 04092

PH:207-221-0039
TF:888-HYDROGL (493-7645)

FX:207-774-3449
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01/05/2016

Pouch Use

01/05/2016

Pouch Use

Pouch use inside of an animal containment device

·         Cut the pouch diagonally from one corner to the other. 

 ·         You can make one cut or two cuts, which will create an X pattern.

·         Place the pouch uncut side down on the floor of the animal containment device.

 

Pouch use inside of an enrichment device or feeding tube

·         Use a pouchmate slicer to slice open the pouch across the top.  

·         Squeeze the product out of the pouch directly into the device.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*In accordance with 29 CFR 1910.1200, This product contains no hazardous components.

  

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Westbrook, ME 04092

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TF:888-HYDROGL (493-7645)

FX:207-774-3449
www.clearh2o.com

01/02/2013

Consistent Nutrition

01/02/2013

Consistent Nutrition

ClearH2O Uses only the highest quality, purified, human grade ingredients to make all of its hydration, nutrition and medication supplements.  Our guaranteed analysis and certificate of analysis, ensure consistent nutrition for all ClearH2O products.

Our FDA manufacturing facility uses only hydrogenated free oil.  All ingredients are phytoestrogen free.

Slight color variability may be seen in our DietGel products.  This is the result of crop variability, product irradiation,*‡ and ingredient selection; maintaining consistent nutrition. 

  • Vegetable oils include; canola or sunflower oil. 
  • Animal proteins include; calcium caseinate or fish meal. 
  • Vegetable proteins are either wheat protein or sunflower protein.

ClearH2O is proud to contract its sterilization services with leading companies in the industry that use the best sterilization process with the highest standards for our product.

  • *Gamma Irradiation effectively kills microorganisms throughout the product and its packaging with little temperature effect.  Gamma rays are pure energy, with no residue.  The energy is not sufficient enough to impart radioactivity.  Deviation is minimal ±10% but, may impart slight color variability within our products, based on the positioning of product within the irradiation chamber.
  • ‡  Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Sterilization to ISO11135 standards is used to kill micro organisms that are left during the production or packaging process. So that our EtO products may be introduced, bagged into all autoclave environments in one package.   The EtO providers processing cylces minimize residuals and provide validation support including the final phase of the process which degasses  to remove any remaining particles of EtO. 

 We are confident that our product irradiation will effectively eliminate bacteria and other human pathogens in all of our products, making them safe for your animal and your research.

3 Legeview Dr.
Westbrook, ME 04092

PH:207-221-0039
TF:888-HYDROGL (493-7645)

FX:207-774-3449
www.clearh2o.com