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August 7, 2015

United States

Minnesota—Cargill’s Smart Shield™ Program for EMS



To help customers manage the risk of early mortality syndrome (EMS) on their shrimp farms and improve profitability, Cargill’s animal nutrition business has launched the SmartShield™ program, a holistic approach combining specialized feed and technical services proven to combat the disease and increase production by an average of 30 percent.  EMS, now technically known as Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND), is caused by certain strains of Vibrio bacteria and has caused devastating production losses in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Mexico, and has recently been suspected in disease outbreaks in some Central American countries.  Outbreaks of EMS have caused mortality rates as high as 100 percent.


The new SmartShield™ program is comprised of three components:


On-Farm Risk Assessments, a specialized tool that provides customized reports including specific biosecurity and farm management recommendations to reduce disease risk.


Targeted Feed Solutions, a functional additives package delivered through a complete feeding program that improves growth performance and boosts the shrimp immunity to increase survival.


Specialized Technical Support Package, includes on-site performance evaluation tools and rapid diagnostics in water quality and disease resulting in early detection and preventative recommendations saving time and money



The SmartShield™ program is the result of two years of research at Cargill’s Global Animal Nutrition Innovation Center in Elk River, Minnesota, USA, to design and select the best possible combination of additives and nutrients for promoting growth performance and animal survival.


“One of the key learnings from our research is that not all additive combinations are equally effective, and some even have negative effects,” said Daniel Barziza, Cargill’s global aquaculture research and development director.  “We validated our additive choices using disease challenge models and growth trials.”


Field trials conducted with key customers in Mexico proved that the SmartShield™ program can provide customers with:


• An average of 20 percent improvement in feed conversion ratio (FCR) 

• An average of 59 percent higher production yield

• Up to $3,850 per hectare return on investment


“This program is a huge step forward in our journey to help mitigate the devastating effects of EMS on the industry,” said Mario Chong, business development manager for Cargill’s aquaculture business in Central America.  “We have listened to our customers and reacted with a strong, research-based solution to combat this devastating disease.”


About Cargill: Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world.  It has 152,000 employees in 67 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where they live and work.  For more information, visit and our News Center.


About Cargill Animal Nutrition: Cargill’s animal nutrition business has more than 18,000 employees at more than 250 facilities in 37 countries offering a range of products and services to feed manufacturers, animal producers, and feed retailers around the world.  In 2011, Cargill completed the acquisition of Provimi, a global leader in premix and animal nutrition solutions, adding to Cargill’s portfolio of animal nutrition offerings.  Today, Cargill’s animal nutrition business offers a range of compound feed, premixes, feed additives, supply chain and risk management solutions, software tools and animal nutrition expertise that is unmatched in the industry.  For more information about Cargill Animal Nutrition, visit:


Source:  Cargill Launches the SmartShield™ Program to Help Customers Battle EMS.  August 6, 2015.

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