Status quo inquiries of 9 farms of the "Pig-breeding Association Burgenland" were carried out to elaborate sanitation concepts to optimise hygienic conditions, parasite control and supervision of herd health. The serological surveys indicated that 8 farms are contaminated with APP and all 9 farms with EP. The post-mortem examinations of 27 pigs showed that most of them were suffering from lung disease, predominantly of catarrhal bronchopneumonia. The bacteriological examinations of 24 lung samples were negative. It is emphasized that the hygienic conditions of the swine herds were really poor. Some of the stalls were without windows, with highly overcrowded pens and sows tethered with chest bands. The farmers were not able to show any recordings concerning production data, clinical findings of the veterinarians, therapeutic measures and withdrawal of periods of drugs used. As only usable tool for recording of production data and control measures served the new developed checklist. The most important steps for improvement of the hygienic conditions were the instalment of shower facilities, quarantine stables, all-in all-out systems and pens for sick animals. In conclusion it can be stated that the production and health data obtained are necessary to establish effective therapeutic and prophylactic measures in the pig farms examined.
pig / status quo inquiries / Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae / Enzootic pneumonia