DISARM will share information on how to improve animal health and reduce the need for antibiotic use for pigs kept in indoor and outdoor systems. Each system type has its own challenges regarding animal health. For example, an indoor system offers better control of sow production performance and introduction of pathogens, but air quality, skin and locomotion conditions are often poorer compared to outdoor systems. Specific challenges and farm management practices will vary from farm to farm, so our multi-actor farm health team approach seeks to develop action plans which are tailored to individual farms.
Key risk factors to pig health may arise from housing, feeding, stocking density, transportation, hygiene and biosecurity etc. Behavioural issues including tail biting can result in injuries becoming infected and requiring antibiotic treatments. You can learn more about potential health risks on your farm and possible solutions by joining us at our events and workshops or accessing our resource materials which include a database of cutting-edge research and innovations, an online discussion group, short reports and informative videos.
DISARM will also work with other livestock sectors including cattle, poultry and sheep. There are commonalities across animal health risks and preventive measures. We believe working together to learn across species and sectors is a valuable way to improve animal health in livestock farming and reduce the need for antibiotic treatments.