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Prevalence and prevention of MRSA and diarrhoea in free-range based pig production

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The prevalence of MRSA is lower in organic than in conventional indoor raised pigs. This project intends to investigate if the low prevalence is due to access to outdoor areas or a low consumption of antibiotics and/ or medical zinc-oxide in organic herds. To answer this question, the prevalence of MRSA in organic free-range systems will be compared with the prevalence of MRSA in conventional free-range systems. Furthermore, we will investigate the prevalence of diarrhea and diarrhoea-causing pathogens in the two systems, because these factors affect the need for antibiotics and medical zinc-oxide. Management and housing conditions associated with a low prevalence of diarrhea and diarrhea-causing pathogens are also investigated. We expect the results of the study to inspire for new strategies in the conventional indoor pig production.
The project is financed via Veterinærforlig III.
Effective start/end date01/01/201931/12/2021

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