June 13, 2018
Hotraco to introduce Red mite Monitoring System at VIV Europe
Hotraco Agri, in collaboration with the University of Wageningen, has developed the Red mite Monitoring System.
This innovation will be presented at VIV Europe from June 20-22 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. During the official unveiling on the first day of the fair, the name of the product will be announced. The system consists of a plastic perch with advanced electronics, linked to an intelligent data management system.
Red mites or blood lice are one of the major threats to poultry in Europe. They can cause anemia and increase the mortality and susceptibility to disease in the animals.
Feed efficiency, egg production, egg quality, and weight decrease significantly, as a result. The small parasites are therefore a costly problem for the poultry sector.
In Europe alone, the estimated total annual cost of red mite infestations is around EUR360 million (US$423 million), with more than 300 million chickens in all production types suffering from it.
The enormous damage caused by the so-called Fipronil affair in 2017 (more than EUR75 million for the sector in the Netherlands) is not included.
Rapid treatment is vital for a blood flare infestation, as every seven to ten days, new generations of mites are introduced, with the population growing exponentially, according to Hotraco.
If a mite has eight eggs per clutch, 250 million mites could pop up in a short period of 12 weeks. This problem can spiral out of control quickly if it is not treated in the right way and at an early stage.
With Hotraco Agri's Red mite Monitoring System, a poultry farmer can keep track of the size and development of a blood-louse population in a barn, and quickly determine a treatment. This also provides insight into the effect of a specific treatment.
Red mite Monitoring System as important component within Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management is a sustainable method for limiting economic losses caused by pests and diseases. By having a rapid insight into the size of a blood-lice population and responding to it adequately, it is possible to prevent and control pests, whereby pesticides (chemical, synthetic means against pests) are only used if other possibilities give insufficient results. This can reduce the number of problems related to the presence of pesticide residues and resistance development, Hotraco said.
The Red mite Monitoring System will be officially presented to press and public on the first day of the exhibition (June 20). The unveiling will take place at 11.00 am at the Hotraco Agri booth (C100 - Hall 12). The the name of this innovation will also be announced.
Seminar about red mite
On June 20, 1.30 pm, Hotraco Agri, together with the University of Wageningen and Vencomatic Group, is organising a seminar on the red mite.
During the seminar, which will be held in room Juliana sub 3 in Jaarbeurs Utrecht, subjects such as the consequences of extensive contamination, Integrated Pest Management, and solutions to prevent, monitor, and combat contamination will be discussed in detail.