How to achieve long-term reduction in antimicrobial use in your pig herd

With the global drive to stop routine antimicrobial use in livestock and reduce use of antimicrobials overall, we take a look at some alternative ways we can ensure this happens on our pig farms.
calendar icon 14 August 2019
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It is important that you do your own research and test alternative husbandry methods that promote the general health, welfare and productivity of each pig and the herd. Reduction of antimicrobial application in all aspects of life is critical to ensuring the antibiotics we have left continue to work and provide a long lasting solution to damaging pathogens.

piglet with arched back indicating pain or discomfort
A piglet clearly in pain, as seen amongst others by its arched back

Outweigh the short and long-term costs - and risks! - of treating this piglet and keeping it in the group as a source of disease spread. © Irene Camerlink

New weaner piglets stand with bites marks and skin damage caused by fighting
Weaning is tough, certainly when it comes suddenly and when not in optimal health

© Irene Camerlink

An old transcript tells the story of the origins of veterinary medicine in Tibet
Veterinary medicine in Tibet is believed to have started AD 755-795 when the emperor of in Tibet demanded his favourite horse to be diagnosed and cured

© Irene Camerlink

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Table 1

Categorisation of pigs into the three main types according to Indian and Tibetan traditional medicine

Irene Camerlink

PhD and post-doc researcher

Irene Camerlink is a researcher at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna (Vetmeduni) where she works on social behaviour in pigs and its relationship to neurobiology and animal welfare.

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