Knowing the pattern of pig behavior when drinking is essential for effective treatments.
Marcovetgrup s.l.. Spain
He was born in Barcelona in 1963, obtained his degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saragossa (Spain) in 1986, specializing in Animal Production. In years 1990 and 1991 he lived in Great Britain, Holland, Germany, Denmark, and USA, studying and practising with specialists in the swine sector.
In year 1991 he founded the swine consultancy B&M c.v.p. together with his partner José Barceló, and in 1995 the consultancy expanded with a new partner: Miquel Collell. In 2006, together with Miquel Collell, and through MARCO I COLLELL SL, he continued offering his consultancy services: control and diagnosis of diseases, production control and farm management, epidemiology, environmental control, biosafety, and human resources. Among his clients we find genetics companies, large companies (10,000-30,000 sows), cooperatives, independent producers, Veterinary Medicine faculties, pharmacological companies, feed mills, and international organizations, and since December 2012 he does this through his own company: MARCO VETGRUP SL.
Enric Marco is a member of different professional associations (Veterinarians’ Official College of Barcelona, Pig Veterinary Soc., ANAPORC, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Swine Pathology and Production MSc degree organized by the Veterinary Medicine Faculty at the Autonomous University of Barcelona), he has published articles in several specialized magazines and has held several conferences at a national and international level).
Updated CV 06-May-2015
If we contemplate applying medications using drinking water as a vehicle we should be familiar with the environmental conditions in order to correctly estimate consumptions and keep in mind that temperatures also affect pigs behavior in relation to their daily pattern of water consumption.
Upon medicating water, the doses should be repeated with a time interval that prevents plasma levels from dropping below the minimum effective concentration and exceeding the toxic concentration.
Medicating water using a tank is an easy and flexible method used to administer drugs, but it can be imprecise if the products we use aren’t totally soluble.
We should know the solubility of the main ingredients used that depend on intrinsic factors of the product and the water quality (harness, pH, temperature, contamination, etc...)
We have a new section dedicated to the main points to keep in mind for successful water medication on pig farms. In this first article we will discuss the effect water's pH level has on the solubility of the medications we are using.