The guidelines below describe diagnostics, handling of antibiotic treatment and how to prevent diarrhoea in finishers, and much more.
”Use antibiotiocs as little as possible, but as often as necessary”
It is crucial that antibiotics for the treatment of animals are used appropriately and responsibly, thereby ensuring effective treatment with the least amount of antibiotics possible. The purpose of antibiotic treatment of pigs is to safeguard the pigs’ health and well-being.
The purpose of this manual is to gather all the relevant knowledge and experience related to reducing the requirement for antibiotics and to present this information in an easily accessible and practical manner. The manual is written by a group of pig experts consisting of pig veterinarians, local pig production advisors and employees from SEGES Pig Research Centre.
The group decided to focus primarily on diarrhoea in weaners and finishers, since this is where we find the greatest use of antibiotics in pigs. The principle was: “Use antibiotics as little as possible, but as often as necessary”. A series of instructions (fact sheets) were drawn up to be used as a tool in the prevention of diarrhoea outbreaks. In case of disease outbreaks, the herd vet decides whether antibiotic treatment is necessary and, if so, which drug and dose to administer.
The group hopes that the material will be a helpful tool for farmers, staff and advisors in their efforts to reduce antibiotic use on their farms.
Guidelines on Good Antibiotic Practice will undergo routine updates as farmers, vets and advisors gain more experience in reducing the consumption of antibiotics. The Guidelines are available in Danish and English.
Download the entire set of guidelines by clicking the links below.