Author Archive: Susan Spiegel
May 01, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Dietary alternatives to antibiotics show mixed results in ISU research reviewGiven the task to find and review research on dietary alternatives for sub-therapeutic antibiotic growth promotants, Wes Schweer and a team of pork-industry experts didn’t know what to expect.
Apr 30, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on ESPHM 2018 to focus on global issues in swine healthSwine veterinarians, researchers and industry leaders from around the world will gather at the European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM), to be held May 9-11, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.
Apr 27, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Cull sow market breeding ground for disease transmissionMany sows sold into the cull sow market become “frequent travelers” and pose a serious risk of disease transmission if a foreign animal-disease (FAD) outbreak occurs.
Apr 26, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Five ways to get better returns on your swine-health programThe pork industry uses a wide variety of vaccinations and medications for managing viral and bacterial diseases. Micah Jansen, DVM, Zoetis, identifies five areas where producers can improve returns...
Apr 23, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Project underscores value of information sharingCollaboration among veterinarians working with different pork producers is one of the great benefits emanating from the Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Project (MSHMP).
Apr 21, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on What have we learned about antibiotic-resistant genes in groundwater?Swine manure is a valuable resource for cropland, but understanding its potential impact on groundwater is an ongoing priority.
Apr 19, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Needles & Sins: Sloppy vaccination protocols can jeopardize herd health, welfare, returnsNick Zanger learned a few tough lessons about vaccine protocols shortly after he started managing three 2,500-head nursery-to-finishing buildings near Loraine, Illinois.
Apr 13, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on What’s driving the surge in sow mortality?Sow mortality in US herds has trended upward in recent years, and identifying the reasons has frustrated producers and veterinarians alike.
Apr 12, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Breeding sows without CD163 gene might ultimately eliminate PRRS virusSows without the CD163 gene are not only resistant to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus, they also give birth to healthy, normal piglets — a finding that could...
Apr 12, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Iowa Select veterinarian taking a more targeted approach with antibioticsIowa Select Farms’ targeted approach to antibiotic use within its production system began well before the FDA’s expanded VFD rule.