Journal article

In-Water Antibiotic Dosing Practices on Pig Farms

Stephen Little, Andrew Woodward, Glenn Browning, Helen Billman-Jacobe

ANTIBIOTICS-BASEL | MDPI | Published : 2021

Abstract

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..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence


Funding Acknowledgements

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.