In-Water Antibiotic Dosing Practices on Pig Farms
Stephen Little, Andrew Woodward, Glenn Browning, Helen Billman-Jacobe
ANTIBIOTICS-BASEL | MDPI | Published : 2021
Pigs reared on many farms are mass-medicated for short periods with antibiotics through their drinking water to control bacterial pathogen loads and, if a disease outbreak occurs, to treat pigs until clinical signs are eliminated. Farm managers are responsible for conducting in-water antibiotic dosing events, but little is known about their dosing practices. We surveyed managers of 25 medium to large single-site and multi-site pig farming enterprises across eastern and southern Australia, using a mixed methods approach (online questionnaire followed by a one-on-one semi-structured interview). We found wide variation in the antibiotics administered, the choice and use of dosing equipment, the..View full abstract
Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence
This research was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence grant for the National Centre for Antibiotic Stewardship. S.B. Little 0000-0002-3715-3225.