Administration of acidified drinking water to finishing pigs in order to prevent Salmonella infections

P.J. van der Wolf, F.W. van Schie, A.R.W. Elbers, B. Engel, H. van der Heijden, W.A. Hunneman, M.J.M. Tielen

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to test whether acidified drinking water, with two millilitres of an acid mixture per litre, was able to reduce the number of Salmonella infections in finishing pig herds. In each compartment, half of the pens were supplied with acidified water and the other pens served as negative control. In three herds the required dose was not applied to the pigs as a result of various practical problems. In another herd, all pigs remained seronegative throughout the study. Analysis of the remaining three herds showed a large and significant treatment effect in one herd (P<0.001). As a result of the small number of observations and the overall lower seroprevalence in the control groups, the other two herds only showed a statistical trend to a treatment effect (0.10<P<0.05). The main practical problem was the clogging of drinking nipples as a result of fungal growth in the pipelines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-125
JournalVeterinary Quarterly
Volume23
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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