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Author Archive: Susan Spiegel

Our strategy for eliminating M. hyo from breed-to-wean herds

By Attila Farkas, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. Carthage, Illinois

How close are we to having a Strep suis vaccine for pigs?

Although antibiotics provide a treatment option for Streptococcus suis — a common, widespread bacterium in swine — long-term management hinges on an effective vaccine.  

Barn location can impact PRRS exposure risk

Several factors go into selecting a site for a pork-production unit, but research shows there are a couple more — specifically, terrain and vegetation — that may influence exposure to the porcine...

The cost of being wrong: Why cost-benefit analyses are replacing guesswork on swine farms

By Derald Holtkamp, MS, DVM Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine Ames, Iowa

More planning required for feed medications in new VFD era

Planning, paperwork and prevention are the priorities on hog farms in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) expanded veterinary feed directive (VFD), which came onto the scene in...

7 steps to increasing weaned piglet feed intake

Adapting feeding management to piglet biology can get piglets eating within hours of weaning and avoid issues with hunger and dehydration, according to a pig nutritionist.

Swift identification key to keeping emerging diseases at bay

Encouraging farm staff to identify changes in pig behavior and health is key to spotting signs of disease before it takes hold in a herd, according one of Canada’s top pig veterinarians.

Germany calls for wild boar cull over African swine fever threat

Producers in Germany have called for a major cull of the country’s wild boar population in a bid to halt the spread of African swine fever (ASF) in Europe.

12 questions to tackle sow mortality

Identifying the exact nutritional, health and management issues linked to sow mortality is key to understanding how to address the problem in swine herds, according to a pig health expert.

‘Don’t blame antibiotics use on production systems,’ says UK pig sector

The UK pig sector has warned campaigners against oversimplifying the link between production systems and antibiotics use.


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