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BMC Veterinary Research

, 12:236



BackgroundBiosecurity measures such as cleaning, disinfection and a vacancy period between production cycles on pig farms are essential to prevent disease outbreaks. No studies have tested the effect of a longer vacancy period on bacterial load in nursery units.

MethodsThe present study evaluated the effect of a 10-day vacancy period in pig nursery units on total aerobic flora, Enterococcus spp., Escherichia coli, faecal coliforms and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA. Three vacancy periods of 10 days were monitored, each time applied in 3 units. The microbiological load was measured before disinfection and at 1, 4, 7 and 10 days after disinfection.

ResultsNo significant decrease or increase in E. coli, faecal coliforms, MRSA and Enterococcus spp. was noticed. Total aerobic flora counts were the lowest on day 4 after disinfection i.e. 4.07 log CFU-625 cm P < 0.05, but the difference with other sampling moments was limited i.e. 0.6 log CFU-625 cm and therefore negligible. Furthermore, this observation on day 4 was not confirmed for the other microbiological parameters. After disinfection, drinking nipples were still mostly contaminated with total aerobic flora i.e. 5.32 log CFU-625 cm and Enterococcus spp. i.e. 95 % of the samples were positive P < 0.01; the feeding troughs were the cleanest location total aerobic flora: 3.53 log CFU-625 cm and Enterococcus spp.: 50 % positive samples P < 0.01.

ConclusionsThis study indicates that prolonging the vacancy period in nursery units to 10 days after disinfection with no extra biosecurity measures has no impact on the environmental load of total aerobic flora, E. coli, faecal coliforms, MRSA and Enterococcus spp

KeywordsNursery pigs Between batch vacancy Cleaning and disinfection Bacterial load Abbreviations0dDay before disinfection

10d10 days after disinfection

1d1 day after disinfection

4d4 days after disinfection

7d7 days after disinfection

BPWBuffered peptone water

CandDCleaning and disinfection

CFUColony forming units

E. coliEscherichia coli

MRSAMethicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus

RHRelative humidity

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Author: K. Luyckx - S. Millet - S. Van Weyenberg - L. Herman - M. Heyndrickx - J. Dewulf - K. De Reu

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