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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 textbook. 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.
Main pathogens of pigs
Parasites of pigs
Bacteria in pigs
How can bacteria make a pig sick?
Basic swine bacteriology
Viruses of pigs
Viruses - How do they cause disease?
Main disorders of pigs by age/group
How do pathogens get into your farm?
Threats to a pig unit
Considerations in the design of the outer security perimeter
Location: pathogen movement from a farm
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. Feedback.
Isolation and acclimatisation. What does all-in/all-out mean?
Pathogens that might be transmitted through semen
Disposal of dead pigs
Truck cleaning problems
Transport inspection check list
Transport hygiene check list
Vermin control measures
Fly and mosquito control
Reducing and controlling people’s risks
Visitor entry procedures
Biosecurity– visitor dress code
Shower room protocols
Shower room hygiene
Straw and bedding
Machine and equipment purchases
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
Disinfectant management: foot baths
Cleaning a room between batches
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
Elimination of pathogens from farms
Hysterectomy and moving piglets to a new farm
Segregated early weaning
Vaccination and testing and removing
Herd closure and pathogen exposure