Swedish Farmers' Foundation for Agricultural Research
2009 - 2011
Salmonella contamination in paddocks
Salmonella infection in horses can cause serious problems, especially for larger stables with high throughput of horses. A salmonella outbreak within a horse population can also become a public health issue, as salmonella is a zoonosis and horses often come in close contact with humans. Many stables have only small paddocks that are extensively used. This leads to heavily manure amended soil, which can function as a reservoir for salmonella. Such paddocks can thus be the source of disease transmission to horses and the surrounding environment. Today, there is a lack of knowledge concerning treatment of such soil in order to prevent disease transmission. Preliminary results from SVA show that lime is efficient for salmonella decontamination. The aim of the present study is to study how salmonella decontamination can be done in reality. The results will function as a support for treatment and decontamination of salmonella contaminated horse paddocks.