USDA and AUPB project: Microbiological Monitoring of Bacterial Pathogens in Pigs


Within the framework of the joint project of the Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) "Animal Health in Ukraine", microbiological monitoring of bacterial pathogens in pigs with determination of antibiotic sensitivity using the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) method will be conducted for the first time, taking into account the clinical picture.

This innovative method of laboratory diagnostics will be applied for the first time in Ukraine for 25 enterprises located mainly in the regions affected by the armed aggression of the Russian Federation (Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Kharkiv regions) with a total number of breeding stock of more than 25 thousand sows.

"The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) method is recommended by the European Committee for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) and the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) to assess bacterial resistance to antimicrobials. The data obtained from this study will allow for the rational use of antibacterial drugs for the treatment of animals, using the most effective agents. This, accordingly, will help to achieve the maximum therapeutic effect with reduced costs," comments Dmytro Masyuk, PhD, Professor, Director of the Research Center for Biosafety and Environmental Control of Agricultural Resources of the State Agricultural Academy of Ukraine "Biosafety Center".

The Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders is a non-profit, voluntary organization founded by Ukrainian pork producers. The main purposes of the association are representation and protection of rights and interests of farms of the association, assistance in development and introduction of new technologies for efficient production of pork, expansion of sales markets, and protection of domestic sales market.