Wörlitzer Tierkolleg: Enteric Diseases of Suckling Piglets
From the 26th to the 27th of October, almost 50 veterinarians from seven different European countries met in the Eichenkranz of the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz to discuss enteric diseases in suckling piglets. The goal of the meeting was to hear about the situation in the different countries and to debate possible prevention strategies.
The meeting began in the afternoon of the 26th with Prof. Dr. Chantal Farmer from Canada. Being the keynote speaker of the meeting, she gave two talks. The first was about mammary development in the sow while in the second she presented the influences of various extraneous factors on colostrum production.
In the morning of the 27th, the meeting continued with Dr. Philip Vyt from Belgium. He presented the (histo-)pathology of enteric diseases in pigs. Next, three speakers (Hanne Kongsted, Guy-Pierre Martineau and Antonio Vela), presented their experiences regarding the subject from Denmark, France and Spain, respectively.
After lunch, Prof. Dr. Isabel Hennig-Pauka (Austria) gave a presentation on which co-factors can influence the development of enteric disease, which also included some case studies from the field. Finally, Dr. Sven Springer (IDT) presented his work on the development of a toxoid vaccine against Clostridium perfringens types A and C.
Following the presentations, the veterinarians took part in a workshop, in which questions regarding the etiology and prevention of enteric diseases in suckling piglets were to be discussed. As the participants from the different countries were mixed up, quite a debate developed in these so inhomogeneous groups.
Nevertheless, no matter how heated the dialogue on etiology and the relevance of different pathogens became, all veterinarians agreed that the prevention of enteric disease must be given a top priority in piglet production. In order to do so, the adequate intake of colostrum of the piglets and the management of the sow around the time of farrowing were seen as the critical success factors.