Project without external funding

Implementation of animal health plans in organic sow herds (.)

Project Details
Project duration: 12/200511/2007


Aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness
of measures being part of animal health plans on organic sow farms in
relation to the improvement of hygiene management and animal health

A weak-point analysis was performed on 17 organic
sow farms using a modified critical control point concept for on farm
assessment and detailed status quo analysis. Results showed that only 12
farms performed electronic livestock data acquisition. Housing
conditions of 10 farms were based on derogations of the EC-Regulation.
Quality and intervals of cleaning and disinfection measures varied
considerable between farms. Deworming was routinely performed by 16
farms, however, without verifying the effectiveness. On many farms the
feeding regime did not met a demand-conform ration, especially for
lactating sows.
Optimisation strategies were set up in form of
farm-customized animal health plans according to the status quo. Farms
were attended continuously during the entire project time to ensure
guidance during animal health plan implementation. At the end of the
project only half of the participating farms implemented over 50% of the
short term measures from their health plans. 14 farms could improve at
least partially their livestock data acquisition, hygiene and feeding
management as well as the parasite control.

The results emphasize that most organic farms need
to improve their animal health management. Animal health plans have
proven to support identifying problem areas and to set up improvement
strategies. However, the present animal health deficits can not be
enhanced only by advisory measures. As a consequence it is to reason
that without well defined health related target-settings a sustainable
improvement is not to be expected.

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