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03/20/17 – Microlife Direct Fed Microbials have been reviewed and accepted by the Organic Materials Review Institute and have been deemed appropriate for organic operations.

As our industry continues to produce more protein with less antibiotics, I am asked more and more if our Microlife Direct Fed Microbial Bacillus products are OMRI listed? The fact is that ALL of Osprey Biotechnics® Microlife DFMs for poultry and swine are OMRI listed and display the OMRI listed logo on the label.  But what is behind the OMRI listing?  What does OMRI stand for?  What makes a product OMRI listed and able to display the OMRI logo? Have you ever wondered what the mission of OMRI is?

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09/06/16 – More is not always better when it comes to DFMs cfu/g

It has been brought to our attention that a DFM competitor has been comparing and contrasting the levels of colony forming units per gram (cfu/g) in our product versus theirs. 

Firstly, we appreciate their recognition of Microlife probiotics as being worthy of comparison.  In less than 18 months, Microlife has brought 3 products to market, conducted 4 successful research and field trials, and established a growing list of customers.  

Secondly, we would like to categorically state that in the world of Direct Fed Microbials, more is not always better, and in fact can be detrimental to the host organism. READ MORE...

07/08/16 – Growing need for probiotics and other alternatives for ABF production - Sean Griffin

In the recent article published by Poultry Health Today, Mathis: Long-term planning key to effective coccidiosis management, the increasing importance of tested alternative additives to meet ABF production needs was reported.

Greg Mathis, PhD, of Southern Poultry Research, Athens, Georgia states in the article, “Our current [in-feed] coccidiosis-control products are 40 to 50 years old, the number of available coccidiosis drugs is limited, and the supply of ionophores and vaccines is limited,”, told Poultry Health Today. “We just don’t have a lot of options.”

His list of alternatives includes pre- and probiotics, saponins, and essential oils each providing stimulation to the immune system and promoting overall poultry health.

In the article Dr. Mathis thinks one of the reason he is seeing marked improvement in additive value is coming from improved purity and consistency. View the full article: Poultry health today: Mathis long term planning.

Here at Osprey Biotechnics, we believe that our that our unique freeze-drying preparation process and adherence to food grade quality standards, contributes to the performance improvements our customers are reporting from the field. Osprey Biotechnics patented Microlife L, Bacillus licheniformis DFM was developed by Osprey’s R&D lab to specifically meet ABF probiotic needs and is produced in our Sarasota, Florida facility.

In two research trials conducted at Southern Poultry Research, Microlife L provided equal or better results to BMD for the control of Clostridium perfringens induced Necrotic Enteritis.

To learn more about our Microlife Direct Fed Microbials or the role coccidiosis play in Necrotic Enteritis and prevention of NE in ABF production you can view Dr. Chuck Hofacre’s, video, Necrotic Enteritis – Understanding the Disease and Prevention Without Antibiotics.

03/03/16 – Quorum Sensing Theory and Bacteria – Programming bacteria to detect cancer and how bacteria “sense” their changing environments - Sean Griffin

What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was "programmed" to find liver tumors? Tal Danino, synthetic biologist provides his insights into the fascinating world of bacteria.  In his 4 minute Ted Talk, he shares something we're just beginning to understand about bacteria: their power of quorum sensing, or doing something together once they reach critical mass. Danino, a TED Fellow, explains how quorum sensing works — and how clever bacteria working together could someday change cancer treatment.

Check out this amazing TED Talk: Programming bacteria to detect cancer (and potentially treat it)

If you find this Ted Talk intriguing and it leaves you wanting to learn more about QC and how it specifically relates to bacteria, find a comfortable chair, download the link or view the attached PDF, and set aside a few minutes to read the research paper entitled, “Collective sensing and collective responses in quorum-sensing bacteria”, R. Popat, D. M. Cornforth, L. McNally, S. P. Brown, Published 10 December 2014.DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2014.0882

Bacteria and poultry farms and even houses within farms share fluctuating physical environments.  Could the communication ability of a specific bacteria to sense the changing environmental challenges and use the collective mechanisms of sensing, known as “quorum sensing” benefit the host?  The article explores a growing focus on Quorum-sensing and antibacterial chemotherapy.  Specifically, of interest, from the paper, “Disease-causing bacteria often control a raft of virulence factors (VFs) via QS 66. One of the most corroborated findings in the study of P. dinosaur QS is that mutants in key QS components are reduced or impaired in virulence across a wide range of host species 67. In the light of the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance, QS has therefore attracted a lot of attention as a potential route to treating bacterial infections, termed QS interference (QSI), as part of a broader initiative towards ‘anti-virulence’ therapies 68-70”.

Stay tuned, the fascinating world of industrial microbiology continues to excite and amaze. VIEW PDF...

02/08/16 - Chicken Check In - Providing answers to questions about chicken production in the USA from farm to table - Sean Griffin

The National Chicken Council has developed Chicken Check In, a program that invites consumers to see how chickens are raised.

“The mission of Chicken Check In is to provide those who have questions with the level of information they want regarding the care and safety of the chicken they eat,” said National Chicken Council Vice President Tom Super. “We’re committed to continuing to build consumer trust by having open conversations and inviting Americans to ask the questions they have now and in the future as they learn more about chicken production.”

To view the web site, please click here at Chicken Check-In.

Thank you to Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. for making Osprey Biotechnics’ aware of the National Chicken Council’s initiative to spread the good word about our poultry production in the USA. As an industrial microbiology company, our Microlife direct fed microbial play an important role in healthy flock production. Our goal is to provide the highest quality animal probiotics at fair minimum pricing.

12/15/15 - Bacillus bulletin (#2) - Sean Griffin

Over the past year I have had the opportunity to meet with a broad assortment of poultry industry professionals. One common question I am asked is whether Bacillus survive the feed pelleting process.  The simple answer to this question is yes, but only if the organism is delivered to the conditioner in the protective endodpore.  An important point of difference is that Lacto Bacillus DFM’s do not have a protective endospore like the Bacillus microbe doesREAD MORE...

 
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