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Studies on preventive strategies and alternative treatments against roundworm in organic pig production systems

Borgsteede, Fred H.M.; Gaasenbeek, Cor P.A.; van Krimpen, M.M.; Maurer, Veronika; Mejer, Helena; Spoolder, H. A. M.; Thamsborg, S.M. and Vermeer, Herman M. (2011) Studies on preventive strategies and alternative treatments against roundworm in organic pig production systems. NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 58, pp. 173-176.

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Summary

Organic and many ‘low input’ production standards for pigs require outdoor access, and as a consequence expose the animals to a wide range of potential endo- and ectoparasite infection sources. Conventional anthelmintics are used to control parasitic infections, but their preventive use is banned by the organic standards. The present paper investigates the potential of prevention of infection through better hygiene. Attempts were made to break the infection cycle through thorough pen cleaning 10 weeks after the pigs had been introduced to the pen. Although pen fouling can be reduced, the level of roundworm (Ascaris
suum) infection was not reduced. Regular deworming with conventional medication is still required in addition to good hygiene.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Organic farming, Ascaris suum, Endoparasites, Pigs Endoparasitenkontrolle, Parasitenkontrolle
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal Husbandry and Breeding
European Union > QualityLowInputFood > Subproject 4: Livestock production systems
DOI:10.1016/j.njas.2011.09.008
Deposited By: Maurer, Dr. Veronika
ID Code:19931
Deposited On:21 Dec 2011 10:56
Last Modified:21 Dec 2011 10:56
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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