Expect Healthy Deer Technology®
8-2-2017 UNIVERSITY OF MN TEST ABSTRACT SUMMARY:
Inactivation kinetics of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (EHDV) by ingredients contained in Expect Healthy Deer Technology®. A.M. Gaines1, B.W. Ratliff1, S.M. Goyal2, D. Higgins3, and K. Boyer3. 1Hunters Pursuit LLC, Shelbina, MO, 2University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, St. Paul, MN, 3Real World Wildlife Products LLC, Mattoon, IL.
Expect Healthy Deer Technology® is a novel feed additive that contains natural ingredients that are specially formulated to help optimize the immune system while maximizing genetics and antler growth. Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), caused by EHD virus (EHDV), is a hemorrhagic disease spread by small biting midge gnats affecting certain species of animals, especially deer, although it can also affect elk and cattle. Death losses in deer from EHDV are very high, and in localized outbreaks, it can wipe out a large percentage of a deer herd. The aim of this study was to evaluate the virucidal effectiveness of a key ingredient contained in Expect Health Deer Technology® against EHDV. Briefly, serial dilutions of the key ingredient were mixed with equal amounts of EHDV. Samples were removed after various periods of contact and tested for the amount of surviving virus by inoculation in baby hamster kidney cells (BHK-21), which can support infection by EHDV. Serotype 1 of EHDV (EHDV-1) was obtained from the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, Ames, IA. To determine virucidal activity, titer levels of EHDV were calculated for each dilution of the ingredient. At the low dilution rate (1:2 dilution), the ingredient killed 3 logs (99.9%) of virus within 2 hours and killed 2.5 logs at 12 and 24 hours. At a medium dilution rate (1:20) the ingredient killed 3 logs (99.9%) of the EHD virus after 2 hours, but killed 2.5 logs after 12 and 24 hours. At the high dilution rate (1:200) the ingredient killed 3 logs (99.9%) of virus after 2 hours, but killed 2.5 logs after 12 and 24 hours. At ultra-high dilution rates (1:2,000 and 1:20,000) the ingredient was less effective. In summary, the ingredient within Expect Healthy Deer Technology® demonstrated strong virucidal activity against EHDV under in-vitro (laboratory) conditions.
Dr. Aaron Gaines, Ph.D. and Brent Ratliff, M.S. are two very well respected livestock nutritionists with considerable experience in research and development for the animal nutrition industry. They are also avid deer hunters and the Midwest outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in 2012 was the motivation for them to use their knowledge of animal nutrition to develop products that optimize the immune system while maximizing genetics and antler growth. Together they researched and developed a nutrition product consisting of the latest technologies that they believed could have numerous health and performance benefits for whitetails.
They tested their new product known as Expect Healthy Deer Technology® on captive deer herds in Missouri and were amazed at the results. They knew they were on to something but due to their “day jobs” as livestock nutritionists they lacked the resources needed to properly market Expect Healthy Deer Technology®.
After a series of meetings and lengthy discussions Real World Wildlife Products secured the rights to this amazing technology. Real World was adamant about doing larger scale testing of the product before bringing it to market. The product underwent extensive testing in 2016 using captive deer herds so that we could control intake of the product and closely monitor the deer consuming it. The tests took place in numerous captive whitetail herds in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana. Again the results were astounding.
To further legitimize this new health based feed, Real World Wildlife Products brought on board one of the world’s most respected whitetail veterinarians as a consultant in this process. Dr. Clifford Shipley from the University of Illinois is not only feeding Expect Healthy Deer Technology® to his captive whitetails, elk and mule deer, but is advising us as we make decisions regarding technical matters.
What is Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)?
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) is a hemorrhagic disease caused by an infection of a virus affecting certain species of animals, especially deer, although it can also affect elk and cattle. Death losses in deer from EHD are very high and in localized outbreaks can wipe out a large percentage of a deer herd. The EHD virus is spread by small biting midge gnats and is commonly an issue in the late summer and early fall months. Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease is sometime referred to as bluetongue; however this is incorrect. Bluetongue virus is closely related to EHD in terms of being spread by biting midge gnats and has similar clinical signs, but they are technically different diseases. Deer that have contracted EHD typically develop clinical signs as little as 7 days after initial exposure. In general, deer infected with EHD lose their appetite, lose their fear of people, grow weak, show excessive salivation, develop a rapid pulse, have a high respiration rate, show signs of fever which include laying in bodies of water to reduce their body temperature, become unconscious, and have a blue tongue from the lack of oxygen in the blood. Additionally, the head and neck of infected deer may swell and they may bleed from the mouth and nostrils. Outbreaks of EHD generally end with the first killing frost which kills the midge gnats that carry the virus and infect deer they come in contact with.
What is in Expect Healthy Deer Technology® ?
Expect Healthy Deer Technology® is a blend of all-natural ingredients from around the world with scientifically proven health and performance benefits in both livestock and deer. By combining these ingredients and (or) nutrients at the correct levels, Expect Healthy Deer Technology® is specially formulated to help optimize delivery and “Real World” results in wild and captive deer.
Should Expect Healthy Deer Technology products be used year round?
The ingredients in Expect Healthy Deer Technology® are commonly used year-round in the livestock industry already given the overall health and performance benefits.
Several captive deer farmers are now feeding Expect Healthy Deer Technology® to their animals year-round and seeing noticeable results (insert Bill Mayes testimonial video link). Keep in mind that captive deer are already getting scientifically developed diets that are much better than the diets of wild deer. If Expect Healthy Deer Technology® can help captive deer, just imagine how much more impact it can have on wild deer.
What is the best way to get Expect Healthy Deer Technology® into my deer?
A deer needs to consume enough Expect Healthy Deer Technology® to have a real impact on that animal. With captive deer this is easily achieved but with free-ranging wild deer it becomes a bit more challenging. Real World Wildlife Products is marketing a number of products to help you get Expect Healthy Deer Technology® into your deer. We suggest that you utilize as many of these products as possible and make them readily available to your deer across your entire property. By having numerous mineral licks, feeding stations, etc., it increases the likelihood than an individual animal will regularly consume enough Expect Healthy Deer Technology® for it to be noticeably effective.
Maximizer Plus Deer Mineral is a great way to give your deer the minerals and vitamins they need while also providing them with Expect Healthy Deer Technology® to keep them healthy and productive.
Maximizer Plus Feed Supplement is a concentrated product that is either mixed with feed at a rate of 100# per ton or used as a top-dress on a complete feed ration. This is a great way for captive deer farmers and land managers alike to deliver Expect Healthy Deer Technology® to their deer.
Maximizer Plus Feed Concentrate is a feed additive that contains Expect Healthy Deer Technology® as well as all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients deer need. This product is used in a feed ration at the rate of 200# per ton of complete feed. It also serves as an additional protein source in the ration.
Maximizer Plus “Soy Magnet ” is an attractant that contains Expect Healthy Deer Technology® and draws in deer like a magnet. If you use an attractant you really need to try this product!
Real World honesty –
While Real World Wildlife Products will always strive to bring the highest quality products to market, we will not use deception, lies, or false information to sell them. We fully believe that Expect Healthy Deer Technology® benefits the deer herd based on the scientifically published research on the all-natural ingredients contained in this product and positive results observed with captive deer. We also realize that the ultimate challenge is delivering this technology in adequate doses to wild deer on a consistent basis. To help address this important issue we have developed a full line of products that include Expect Healthy Deer Technology®.