Effect of Drinking Water Distribution System Design on Antimicrobial Delivery to Pigs
Stephen Little, Andrew Woodward, Glenn Browning, Helen Billman-Jacobe
ANIMALS | MDPI | Published : 2021
On many pig farms, growing pigs are mass-medicated for short periods with antimicrobial drugs through their drinking water for metaphylaxis and to treat clinical disease. We conducted a series of four prospective observational cohort studies of routine metaphylactic in-water antibiotic dosing events on a commercial pig farm, to assess the concentration of antimicrobial available to pigs throughout a building over time. Each dosing event was conducted by the farm manager with a differently designed looped water distribution system (WDS). We found that the antimicrobial concentration in water delivered to pigs at drinkers in each pen by a building's WDS over time was profoundly influenced by t..View full abstract
Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence grant for the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship
This research was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence grant for the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship. Grant number 1079625. S.L. was the recipient of a Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Post-Graduate Research Scholarship.