Organic acids kill Salmonella

Salmonella is a bacteria which settles in the intestines and belongs to the family of enterobacteria. A systematic approach on the farm is important in case of Salmonella problems. The damage caused by increased feed conversion, mortality, growth reduction, medicine and veterinary costs and extra labour are considerable.

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Good hygiene is important for healthy pigs

Since the introduction of the EU Hygiene Regulation on 1 January 2006, pig farmers have been responsible for the quality and safety of their product. This means that a pig farmer can be held liable if consumers demonstrably suffer damage (salmonellosis) from his products. The pig farmer will have to demonstrate that everything possible has been done to prevent damage. In addition, a Salmonella infection results in lower yields at the slaughterhouse.

How to recognise it

How to recognise Salmonella problems in the barn

Salmonellosis in pigs almost always occurs without clinical signs. Pigs may be lethargic, crawl on top of each other, have less appetite, have thin manure and may die suddenly. This usually starts with the heaviest pigs. The infection may spread to other departments and younger animals. Clinical signs can also occur in weaned piglets or sows. Pigs without clinical signs are behind in growth but are not noticeable, which is a major cost factor.

Cause & effect

Increased Salmonella pressure leads to poor growth

Contamination with salmonella occurs through contact with salmonella infected animals or materials, especially manure, and through nose-to-nose contact. However, pests such as flies, birds and visitors may also bring Salmonella into a company. Via the manure of infected pigs, the disease spreads through the barn.

Damage in clinical cases occurs through higher feed conversion, mortality, growth reduction, the costs of medicines and other treatments and the extra labour. In addition, humans can also become infected by Salmonella. The slaughterhouse intervenes if the level of contamination is too high. You must then demonstrate that you have a Salmonella control plan.

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Kanters has the Salmonella prevention plan

By using the Kanters Salmonella Checklist you determine together with us and your veterinarian how the Salmonella infection entered your farm.

This could be via the purchase of animals, via drinking water, via feed or via the environment.

Remove any food remains, dust, dirt and manure from the stall. Control pests such as rats, mice and flies. In order to prevent cross-contamination, ensure that clean and disinfected footwear and clean working clothes are used in the various stables.

Use Aqua-clean to thoroughly clean the drinking water pipes. Aqua-clean has a long and powerful effect that removes the biofilm in the water pipe.

The fourth step consists of thoroughly cleaning the barn. With Multifoam Alkaline you soak the stable and remove the coarse dirt and grease. The barn should then be disinfected using a disinfectant.

During the fifth and final step, you add organic acids to the drinking water. These reduce the pH value which helps to reduce the growth of bacteria.

Tailored solutions for you as pig farmer

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Product solutions for your challenges

The solution for lowering the Salmonella infection level

Kanters has developed products for each animal species and housing environment to improve the health of your animals. Click below for more information on the products and download our research reports for more background information on their use and effect.