Biosecurity and Pathogen Control for Pig Farms. Updated Edition: Special Emphasis on African Swine Fever
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Biosecurity and Pathogen Control for Pig Farms. Updated Edition: Special Emphasis on African Swine Fever

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This book provides real guidelines on swine biosecurity methods, and it will be useful to veterinary surgeons, teachers and advisors as well as students who will provide for tomorrow’s industry. The format is deliberate to provide the farmer and advisor with an easy reference source with quick fixes; it is more of a “how to” than a text book. Many of the pages can be used by farmers as advice sheets which can be used around the farm to provide rapid and useful information on pathogen control.

Dr. John Carr

John started learning the ropes about pigs at the age of 11. He qualified as a veterinarian in 1982 by the University of Liverpool. After five years in general practice he returned to university to complete a Leverhulme residency in pigs and a PhD in urinary tract problems of pigs in Liverpool, where he specialised in microbiology and pathology.

He has taught production medicine to veterinary surgeons and farmers throughout the world through positions at several universities in the United Kingdom (University of Liverpool and the Royal Veterinary College of London), the United States of America (North Carolina State University and Iowa State University), and in Western Australia at Murdoch University. John runs a consultancy practice with clients in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. John specialised in maintaining the health of pigs through promoting excellence in stockmanship and production practices while controlling the cost of production. He has published several books and more than 200 refereed and non refereed scientific papers.

1. Introduction

2. Main pathogens of pigs

Parasites of pigs

External parasites

Internal parasites

Bacteria in pigs

How can bacteria make a pig sick?

Basic swine bacteriology

Viruses of pigs

Viruses - How do they cause disease?

Outbreak of African swine fever

Main disorders of pigs by age/group

3. How do pathogens get into your farm?

Three zone farming

Considerations in the design of the outer security perimeter

Monitoring the perimeter fence

Perimeter fence openings

Respect the perimeter fence

Location: pathogen movement from a farm

Loading area

Ensuring the incoming stock is of the correct health status

How many animals do we need to test?

Selection of specimens

Examination of isolation premises prior to the delivery of animals

Boar or gilt introduction

The isolation quarters are run as strict all-in/all-out

Use of farm materials to stabilise farm immunity


Isolation and acclimatisation

What does all-in/all-out mean?

Pathogens that might be transmitted through semen

Disposal of dead pigs

Truck routines

Truck cleaning problems

Transport inspection check list

Transport hygiene check list

Vermin control measures

Rodent control

Bird control

Fly and mosquito control

Reducing and controlling people’s risks

Visitor entry procedures

Hand-washing protocol

Hand hygiene assessment using ultraviolet (uv) light

Visitors’ book

Biosecurity– visitor dress code

Shower room protocols

Shower room hygiene

Problems with the showe

Straw and bedding

Machine and equipment purchases

Bringing food into the farm

Air filtration

Biosecurity checking

4. Reducing pathogens on the farm

Controlling today’s number one risk: the compromised pig

Hospital pen records

Hospital pen design

What to do with compromised pigs

All-in/all-out (AIAO)

Pig flow

Disinfectant management: foot baths

Cleaning a room between batches

Internal biosecurity between batches

Set up/cleaning report


Application of lime wash

Medicine refrigerator set up

The use of vaccines in pigs

Feed hygiene to reduce contamination

Feed bulk bins

Partial depopulation: the basics

Animal movements

5. Elimination of pathogens from farms


Depopulation procedures

Cleaning protocols

African swine fever outbreak

Slaughterhouse cleaning-up, depopulation and repopulation protocol

Hysterectomy and moving piglets to a new farm

Segregated early weaning

Partial depopulation

Vaccination and testing and removing

Herd closure and pathogen exposure

Medication programmes

  • Autor/es John Carr
  • Fecha de edición agosto 2021
  • Nº Páginas 146
  • Encuadernación Tapa dura. Wire-o
  • Tamaño 11 X 20
  • Idioma Inglés

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