New Products from DSM and Sensaphone

May 23, 2018 07:05 AM
DSM introduces Rovimix HyD Solution, and Sensaphone offers three new sensors for humidity, carbon dioxide and dew point.

DSM Introduces Rovimix HyD Solution for Swine
To boost vitamin D status, improve overall health, and support immune function more quickly after weaning, DSM introduces its Rovimix HyD Solution for swine. For a nominal cost, producers can easily mix the solution with their pigs’ drinking water to supplement during the initial post-weaning period, when nursery pigs are at their lowest vitamin D status and are not eating much feed.

Pigs are primarily raised indoors, away from natural sources of vitamin D. Additionally, pigs are often weaned as early as 20 to 24 days of age. Because the sow’s milk is not a sufficient source of vitamin D, it’s critical that weaned pigs are supplemented with vitamin D.

The company says HyD is a proprietary metabolite of vitamin D3, 25-OH-D3, that supplements vitamin D3. For more than 20 years, HyD has been successfully used in poultry – specifically broilers. Last fall, DSM further expanded its HyD product lineup with the introduction of HyD for swine in dry form. When added directly into the diet, 25-OH-D3 has been shown to be highly beneficial to animal health and productivity. HyD is consistently and efficiently absorbed by the animal, eliminating the need for further conversion of vitamin D3 in the liver, so optimal vitamin D levels are achieved more easily.

The dry form of HyD, used regularly in feed, has been backed by numerous field trials and research, the company says. Now, HyD Solution can ­be used in drinking water during the first three to five days after weaning as a transition tool by producers to more quickly raise the vitamin D status of their weaned pigs. Once the transition from weaning to dry feed is complete, producers should rely on the use of HyD in the feed to maintain the best vitamin D status in their young pigs.

HyD Solution for swine is now available in the U.S. through your feed company or directly from DSM. Visit or contact your account manager for more information.

Sensaphone Offers New Sensors 
Sensaphone has added three new sensors—each in a weatherproof enclosure that protects delicate electronics—for livestock applications, the company said in a news release.

sensaphone 1

The Sensaphone Outdoor Humidity Sensor is a transmitter to detect humidity levels and can be used with any Sensaphone device that accepts a 4-20mA signal. With a range of 0% to 100% relative humidity level, this sensor causes the monitoring system to trigger an alarm when the humidity exceeds or falls below the set limit. The sensor is mounted in a weatherproof enclosure for operation in severe environments.

sensaphone 2

The Sensaphone Outdoor CO2 Sensor detects levels of carbon dioxide from 0-20,000 ppm. It is ideal for applications where higher levels of CO2 would be expected (>2,000 ppm) such as greenhouses or where areas are constantly occupied such as livestock buildings. When used with any Sensaphone monitoring device that accepts a 4-20mA input signal, the sensor provides real-time CO2 data. When the CO2 level reaches a set threshold, the sensor causes the monitoring device to activate an alarm. The weatherproof enclosure allows users to place the sensor in areas where the environment would typically shorten the life of unprotected sensors.

sensaphone 3

The Sensaphone Dew Point Sensor measures and provides real-time dew point values to any Sensaphone device that accepts a 4-20mA signal. When the dew point level falls outside of the programmed high or low limit, users receive an alarm indicating the current dew point value. The sensor is enclosed in a weatherproof enclosure, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor environments. Users can select from three dew point ranges: -22° to 122°F (-30° to 50°C); -4° to 104°F (-20° to 40°C); or 32° to 122°F (0° to 50°C). Click here for more information on these products.

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