The aim of FARM-CARE is to control development and spread of antibiotic resistance in pig farming through four complementary interventions that reduce antibiotic use in pigs and prevent transfer of resistant bacteria to people.
The four interventions include a farm practice that reduces stress and antibiotic use in pigs (intervention A); a strategy based on hygiene and disinfection that minimizes the risk of transfer of resistant bacteria to farm workers and their families (intervention B); and two sophisticated computer programs enabling farmers and veterinarians to identify stressed piglets predisposed to disease and antibiotic treatment based on their behavior and bacterial content in faeces, respectively (interventions C and D). We will evaluate the efficacy of these interventions using DNA sequencing methods that allow quantification of antibiotic resistance genes in pig faeces, human faeces, and slurry intended for agricultural use. Additionally, costs and benefits to the farmers and to the society as a whole will be assessed for each intervention.
FARM-CARE is a project that requires knowledge and expertise from different disciplines and sectors. This is why the consortium brings together scientists and professionals with different backgrounds. Altogether the consortium comprises 3 universities, 3 public organizations (1 hospital, 1 research institute and 1 national agriculture and food authority) and 1 large non-profit company in representation of 5 countries (Denmark, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom and Colombia).
- Luca Guardabassi, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Coordinator)
- Jesper Larsen, Statens Serum Institut, Denmark
- Edgar Garcia Manzanilla, The Irish Agriculture and Food Development, Ireland
- Corina Zambrano, Colombian Association of Pork Farmers, Colombia
- Melvyn Smith, University of the West England, United Kingdom
- Emma Baxter, Scotland’s Rural College, United Kingdom
- Chantal Morel, University Hospital Bonn, Germany