Journal article

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

Abstract

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..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence grant for the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship


Funding Acknowledgements

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.