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Controlling risks of pathogen transmission by flies on organic pig farms - A review

Meerburg, Dr. BG; Vermeer, MSc., HM and Kijlstra, Prof dr A (2007) Controlling risks of pathogen transmission by flies on organic pig farms - A review. Outlook on Agriculture, 36 (3), pp. 193-197.

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Fly prevention and control on animal production units is necessary to prevent the transmission of pathogens that could affect animal and human health and the maintenance of good hygiene. Organic farmers are often hesitant to apply insecticides for this purpose because of their farming philosophy. Organic production systems are relatively open as pigs generally have access to the outdoors. Here, we investigate the need for fly control and analyse various possibilities that organic farmers have to reduce the number of flies on their farms. We conclude that although biological control looks promising, more research should be done concerning its side effects. Currently, optimal monitoring and prevention seem to offer the best solution.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:organic farming, pigs, flies, pest control, animal health, Musca domestica, transmission, disease
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Animal husbandry
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Wageningen University and Research Centre WUR > Animal Sciences Group ASG
Deposited By: Meerburg, Dr. B.G.
ID Code:13056
Deposited On:21 Jan 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:36
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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