Category Archive: Breeding Herd, Interviews, PGT GLOBAL, PGT US, Podcasts, Videos
Jan 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Connor: No clear winner in pen- versus crate-gestation debateSow housing during gestation continues to draw debate as some hog operations make a switch from crates to pens for gestation. The results are mixed.
Jan 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Nerem: Shift focus to responsible antibiotic use, not arbitrary reductionsSome retailers and foodservice companies are asking for animals that have never received antibiotics (“no antibiotics ever” or NAE), but that request fails to recognize that animals — like...
Jan 14, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Yeske: Multiple factors contributing to rising sow-mortality ratesThe spike in sow-mortality rates in recent years has everyone in the US pork industry searching for answers. Don’t expect any simple solutions, however.
Jan 10, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarian says both pigs, caregivers suffered in antibiotic-free studyA study looking at how pigs challenged with PRRS performed in an antibiotic-free production setting needed to be stopped for welfare reasons so the pigs could be treated with antibiotics.
Jan 09, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Roundtable: Industry structure, culture, wild boars team up to intensify ASF threat in ChinaThe discovery of African swine fever (ASF) in China’s wild boar population in late 2018 adds a new dimension to the already ominous disease threat — one that could possibly leave the Chinese to...
Jan 08, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Enriching sow environment and diet improves sow welfare, early piglet survivalNew research confirms that environmental stress during gestation can influence piglet health and mortality after birth.
Jan 07, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Streptococcus suis leads SHIC’s Swine Bacterial Disease Matrix listViruses tend to get first priority when it comes to monitoring swine diseases and herd health, but bacteria can wreak just as much havoc.
Jan 04, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tails or testicles: Which are better for PRRSV monitoring?Pooled serum samples are a common method to monitor PPRSV in piglets. But this typically involves a limited number of samples, which reduces the sensitivity and makes detection especially challenging...
Jan 02, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Knock, knock: Swine veterinarian shares experiences from VFD auditWhen Peter Schneider, DVM, heard FDA auditors were at the door to see the operation’s VFDs, he remembers feeling a little nervous.
Dec 26, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on PED — live with it or eliminate it?The porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus that devastated the US swine industry several years ago continues to persist, causing fewer pig deaths but curtailing pig growth.