World Pork Expo is Super Showcase for BEI

By Dick Hagen, of Hagen and Associates

Perhaps speaking for the 400+ exhibitors at the 2012 World Pork Expo, Des Moines, John Baumgartner, President, Baumgartner Environics, Inc., Olivia, MN simply said, “Expo is the one-stop place for scientific and business information technology for the pork industry. And to a huge extent, this show is about people. Be that pork producers renewing acquaintances, technical people briefing on the latest issues and new products, and enjoying the atmosphere of international guests from everywhere. Expo truly is the celebration of the U.S. Pork industry and we were hugely satisfied and impressed with the traffic at our EPI-Air exhibit.”

Show-stealer for BEI was their unique display of the EPI (Electrostatic Particle Ionization) system in which participants slapped on a wrist band and decidedly felt the ‘tingle’ of electronic waves which capture airborne dust, ammonia, odor and hydrogen sulfide within hog production buildings. The net result of this ionization process is cleaner air or ‘EPI-Air’ which in turn results in faster gains, reduced mortalities, and slight improvements in feed efficiencies.

Commented Matt Baumgartner, general manager of BEI, “We first released the Murphy-Brown test data validating our EPI technology at the 2011 Expo. Since that time there has been quite a bit of industry talk about this data and our technology, precipitated because Murphy-Brown, North America’s largest hog producer, is now installing EPI units throughout their Western Division.”

World Pork Expo logo“We had 7, sometimes 8 of our own people at our Expo booth and often just simply couldn’t keep up with the questions and inquiries. That’s about as good as it gets. Expo literally was a home run for us, with the bases loaded.”

Dr. Gary Bradley, Research Coordinator, Murphy-Brown LLC, directed the trials of the EPI technology. Interviewed at the Pork Expo, he commented, “We were fortunate to be on the ground floor of this new technology. We were quite impressed with the performance results and thus our major move with the installation of EPI units in most of our nursery facilities.”

We were fortunate to be on the ground floor of this new technology. We were quite impressed with the performance results and thus our major move with the installation of EPI units in most of our nursery facilities.

Next move for Murphy-Brown is testing EPI units in growing/finishing facilities. “There are different dynamics with ventilation in larger barns. Humidity may be more of a factor relating to the efficacy of ionization of air in larger barns. So our work now relates to the impact of negative ions in a more humid environment,” says Bradley.

Could EPI technology possibly reduce the movement of PRRS virus? Bradley only ventured, “That might be a possibility. I don’t think the negative ions could eliminate the virus from the barn. However, combined with the overhead positioning of EPI units perhaps a portable unit used at floor level could be ‘zapping’ viruses after the wash down.”

He speculates there likely will be additional technology that branches off from the current EPI system. As a research scientist he’s more than willing and ready to further explore new ideas. “Preliminary results were phenomenal in our nursery units so we’re totally open to stretching our minds about a further spin off of EPI technology.”

Murphy-Brown talks to National Hog Farmer about Clean Air

In the September 19, 2011 issue of National Hog Farmer, writer Dick Hagen addressed the new buzzwords in the swine industry – Electrostatic Particle Ionization (also known as EPI). Read the excerpts below from the article “Help Clear the Air in Hog Barns”.

EPI Air Technology has met and surpassed the criteria laid out by Murphy-Brown, LLC, the world’s largest pork producer.  Murphy-Brown, LLC installed EPI units in two, 2,000-head production nurseries.

Bob Coffelt, Business Development Manager, and Steve Pollmann, President of Murphy-Brown’s Western Division shared their experience with EPI. Here is what they had to say.

“The strength of the probability out of our testing convinced us fairly quickly that this appears to be an innovation well worth our time,” notes Bob Coffelt, business development manager at Murphy-Brown’s western division. “When we first looked at it, the system appeared to be fairly unorthodox. But the results speak for the system. Pigs simply do better,” Coffelt says.

“Maintenance requirements are low and the installation unobtrusive,” he adds. “It tends to challenge one’s concept of the improbable values of dust suspension and odor issues. The sensory impact would lead one to believe that odors were lower in rooms equipped with EPI.”

“This is a significant change in environmental systems with a net result of improved pig performance,” explains Steve Pollmann, president of Murphy-Brown’s western division. “We’re excited. The science is sound. Even though understanding the technology is a bit of a challenge, the takeaway is that EPI in our test runs provided documented evidence of the potential benefit of this technology.”

However, the only logical means of getting real mileage out of EPI technology depended upon conclusive evidence from the swine world. Murphy-Brown was receptive to testing the technology and its impact on pig health and gains in production.  Click here to view the detailed results and data from the Murphy-Brown installations of EPI.

Read the complete article “Help Clear the Air in Hog Barns” in National Hog Farmer.
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BEI Launches New EPI Air Website!

Welcome to the new BEI website featuring the revolutionary EPI Air!  Our website looks different, but rest assured you are in the right place!

The past several months, we have been working hard to compile the research and articles about Electrostatic Particle Ionization (EPI).  Finally, the research is collected in one, easy to find spot here on our new website, www.epiair.com, where we will continue to share new research data, success stories, and supporting articles.

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Results of EPI Air Presented at AASV Conference

Last week, John Baumgartner and Matt Baumgartner of BEI attended the AASV Conference (American Association of Swine Veterinarians) in Denver, Colorado.  Not only did BEI participate at AASV by having the EPI Air in their booth to demonstrate to customers, but they also donated an EPI Air System for the AASV Live Auction, which ended up being the highest bid auction item. There was tremendous support for the EPI Air at the AASV Conference, as Dr. Chris Radermacher, Production Improvement Director for the Western Operations of Murphy Brown LLC, (the world’s largest pork producer) spoke about EPI.  Dr. Radermacher presented about how EPI Air Technology has met and surpassed the criteria laid out by Murphy-Brown LLC.

Dr. Radermacher’s presentation was titled Electrostatic Particle Ionization (EPI) improves nursery pig performance and air quality and included Murphy Brown’s data findings on how EPI affected their swine performance.

After briefly explaining the background of Electrostatic Particle Ionization (EPI), and what EPI Air is, he discussed how the EPI Air works.  Dr. Radermacher went on to share that the USDA Research has shown that the EPI System removes 60-80% of suspended particulate matter from air space.

But how does cleaner air translate to results?

Murphy-Brown, LLC installed EPI Air units in two, 2000-head production nurseries and tested against two matching nurseries without EPI Air. The test ran for five turns, approximately 44,000 nursery pigs. With consistent and reproducible results, Murphy-Brown, LLC proved to itself that EPI technology installed in the hog nursery barn is a “must have” technology. Murphy-Brown, LLC is currently installing EPI system wide.

The production nursery with EPI Air equipped noted these production gains:

Would you like to learn more about how EPI Air can improve your livestock performance?  Contact us for a quote or call us at 800-823-4234 for more information.