Studies on preventive strategies and alternative treatments against roundworm in organic pig production systems

F.H.M. Borgsteede, C.P.H. Gaasenbeek, M.M. van Krimpen, V. Maurer, H.E. Mejer, H.A.M. Spoolder, S.M. Thamsborg, H.M. Vermeer

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Abstract

Organic and many ‘low input’ production standards for pigs require outdoor access, and as a consequence expose the animals to a wide range of potential endo- and ectoparasite infection sources. Conventional anthelmintics are used to control parasitic infections, but their preventive use is banned by the organic standards. The present paper investigates the potential of prevention of infection through better hygiene. Attempts were made to break the infection cycle through thorough pen cleaning 10 weeks after the pigs had been introduced to the pen. Although pen fouling can be reduced, the level of roundworm (Ascaris suum) infection was not reduced. Regular deworming with conventional medication is still required in addition to good hygiene
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-176
JournalNJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences
Volume58
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • ascaris-suum infection
  • helminth infections
  • egg counts
  • parasites

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