Category Archive: News, PGT GLOBAL, PGT US, Pig Care
Oct 23, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Swine veterinarian shares lessons learned from COVID-19 disruptionsNothing in his lifetime could have prepared Paul Yeske, veterinarian at Swine Vet Center, for the painful fallout from COVID-19 that hit the clinic and its clients.
Oct 21, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pork’s future relies on trust throughout the pork value chainIn the end, raising hogs is about producing pork, and continuous success depends on building customers’ trust, listening to expectations and meeting their needs.
Oct 16, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Genetic diversity makes swine influenza a challenge for producersInfluenza A virus in swine is one of the primary respiratory pathogens challenging swine production systems in the US and around the world.
Oct 14, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Raising pigs without antibiotics offers niche market but with limitationsMarkets for pork produced without antibiotics continue to grow. But this method of production is not for every farm.
Oct 11, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Decontamination protocols fail to disinfect incoming hog suppliesBiosecurity protocols are critical to keeping the US hog herd healthy, and one of the regular tasks is to disinfect a wide range of supplies entering the farm, but how effective are those protocols?
Oct 06, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tackle post-weaning E. coli issues with aggressive cleaning, vaccinationPrevention is still the best option. Use a good sanitation program and build up an ample supply of colostrum and post-weaning protection by vaccination.
Sep 30, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Zoetis Releases Update of M. Hyo ManualZoetis has released an update of the comprehensive manual, “A Contemporary Review of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae Control Strategies,” with 14 articles developed by swine-disease experts...
Sep 30, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on What they don’t tell you in veterinary school: Take care of yourselfA romanticized view of the veterinary profession, gleaned from sources like the famous Brit, James Herriot’s novel “All Creatures Great and Small,” doesn’t always mesh with the reality.
Sep 27, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Neonatal pigs with low levels of viremia may benefit from PRRS vaccinationTOOLBOX, Issue 19: An interview with Jose Angulo, DVM, PRRS Specialist, Managing Veterinarian, Zoetis
Sep 23, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on COVID-19 lesson for hog farms: Tighten up basic biosecurityThe COVID-19 outbreak reinforces what veterinarians and pork producers already know — biosecurity protocols control disease.
Sep 22, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Clayton Johnson receives Leman Science in Practice awardSwine veterinarian Clayton Johnson, DVM, has been awarded the 2020 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award.
Sep 20, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pork industry makes progress on pain managementPain management for pigs has always been a challenge, partly because it’s difficult to measure levels of pain and partly because there are no FDA-approved drugs labeled for pain management in pigs.
Sep 15, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarians answer questions on influenzaWith influenza A virus (IAV-S) in swine continuing to cause performance losses on US pig farms, veterinarians have taken up the mantle to find solutions.
Sep 10, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Can the processing-fluid toolbox expand beyond PRRS?Piglet processing fluids have been shown to be a practical, time-efficient and affordable diagnostic tool for PRRS, and some indications suggest that PCV2 offers promise as well.
Sep 09, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tracheal sampling for M. hyo may hold new benefitsTracheal sampling is a good way to determine if M. hyo is present in a herd, but it’s an invasive procedure that can be difficult to accomplish.
PRRSV-1 modified-live virus vaccine cross-protects against three major PRRSV subtypes prevalent in Europe
Sep 08, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on PRRSV-1 modified-live virus vaccine cross-protects against three major PRRSV subtypes prevalent in EuropeNew studies show that a commercial vaccine for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) cross-protects against isolates from the three major subtypes of the virus found in Europe.
Sep 08, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Today’s forecast: Scattered PRRS outbreaks with isolated sprinkles of PEDForecasting swine-disease outbreaks might become a lot like predicting the weather as scientists combine monitoring disease data with computer models.
Sep 02, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Time to invest in market-transport biosecurityGrow-finish farms are the last segment of hog production to enact strict biosecurity protocols. That needs to change, reports Mike Eisenmenger, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota.
Aug 31, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Take a process-driven approach to influenza controlUS pork producers should strive to produce influenza-negative pigs if they want to see the benefits of increased productivity, reduced secondary infections and antibiotic use, reduced influenza...
Aug 29, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Committing time, attention to pig’s first 24 hours key to health, uniformityThe farrowing room is a demanding place — one that needs to accommodate the divergent needs of a 500+-pound sow and her 10, 15 or 20 piglets weighing anywhere from 1.5 to 3 pounds.
Aug 21, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on COVID-19 impact on swine industry headlines 2020 virtual Leman ConferenceCOVID-19’s global-altering tentacles reached the 2020 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference scheduled Sept. 19-22. This year’s conference will be held virtually.
Aug 18, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarians serve as biosecurity championsTaking care of sick animals is no fun for anybody. For that reason, and so many more, biosecurity is a high priority for Clayton Johnson, DVM, with Carthage Veterinary Service headquartered in...
Aug 14, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Study demonstrates farm-to-fork benefits of immunological estrus suppression in market giltsA new study reveals that market gilts grow better and produce more meat that is more palatable to consumers when treated with a vaccine that temporarily delays puberty.
Aug 11, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Researchers ‘look beyond the normal’ to identify emerging diseaseThe first case of Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus (Strep. zoo) was identified in the US pig population last fall, and it’s not an organism to be taken lightly.
Aug 11, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on New approaches to influenza control look promisingInfluenza-A virus of swine (IAV-S) is a thorn in the side of US pork producers, and it’s a difficult thorn to remove. If the virus were more pathogenic, veterinarians and producers would probably...
Aug 03, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on ‘Controlled colonization’ builds immune response to bacterial pathogensBacterial pathogens like Streptococcus suis and Haemophilus parasuis continue to cause major issues for growing and adult pigs. Dr. Brad Leuwerke offers some good solutions.
Aug 01, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Addressing ‘unknown factors’ in sow mortalitySow mortality has been on the rise in the US pork industry, reaching upwards of 15% in many sow-production systems, said Ashley Johnson, DVM, technical services veterinarian with Zoetis.
Jul 29, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Rate of PCV2 recombination not widely recognizedTOOLBOX, Issue 16: An interview with Meggan Bandrick, DVM, PhD Associate Director, Global Biologics Research, Zoetis
Jul 23, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Feed mitigants offer positive production and virus protection resultsFor the past 18 months Scott Dee, DVM, director of research at Pipestone Veterinary Services, has been investigating whether feed mitigants can protect against the transmission of certain swine...
Jul 17, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Swine Health Information Center: Preparing for emerging diseasesWhether the issue is an emerging disease such as porcine epidemic diarrhea or the threat of African swine fever, being prepared is key to minimizing the potential impact on the US swine herd and...
Jul 15, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarians, mind your mental healthVeterinarians deal with stress under the best circumstances. But in this time of difficult decisions for pork producers and those who service them due to COVID-19, maintaining mental health is even...
Jul 09, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tools for managing pigs without antibioticsRaising pigs without antibiotics requires extra management and different tools compared to traditional commercial hog production.
Jul 02, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Maintaining welfare standards in the face of a pandemicBy Joseph F. Connor, DVM, MS Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd.
Jun 28, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pen-side diagnostic comparisons for nursed-off sows and fallback pigsFor both the sow and piglet, an animal that does not perform to its potential or falls behind its counterparts will negatively impact the sow farm’s productivity and profitability.
Jun 24, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Vaccine trial data versus lineage: What’s the best way to predict PRRS vaccine performance?TOOLBOX, Issue 20: An interview with Eva Jablonski, DVM, PRRS Specialist, Senior Technical Services Veterinarian, Zoetis
Jun 10, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on More accurate gilt testing needed to detect Mycoplasma hyopneumoniaeSow herds seeking negative M. hyo status should use accurate gilt surveillance methods.
Jun 08, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on What we learned from PED applies to COVID-19Swine veterinarians and producers may feel déjà vu when they hear about the COVID-19 epidemic in the US.
Jun 05, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Managing pig flows when harvest capacity is restrictedBy Joseph F. Connor, DVM, MS, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd
May 27, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Watch your Strep: Keep your guard up for this evolving bacteriumFew things remain the same for long on a hog farm. By the very nature of today’s production system, pigs are continuously moving on or off a site. One thing that remains constant is Strep suis.
May 20, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Inadequate iron supplements cause subclinical anemia in weaned pigsThe standard 200 mg iron shot for baby pigs at processing may not be enough iron to last until weaning.
May 12, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Free booklet offers insights on responsible, effective antimicrobial use in swineAntibiotics remain essential tools for maintaining high levels of herd health and welfare, but veterinarians and producers must use them responsibly.
May 06, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Gebhart: Cracking the Strep suis codeStreptococcus suis (Strep suis) is becoming more prevalent and more complex in US swine herds. The coccoid-shaped, Gram-positive bacterium is also a zoonotic disease, capable of transmission from...
May 04, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Moving pig health to the back burner — if only for a momentBy Larry Rueff, DVM, Swine Vet Services, Greensburg, Indiana
Apr 27, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Rotavirus infections lower weaned-pig weights by a poundRotavirus infections in pigs have been around for decades. But in the last several years, the virus has re-appeared, causing diarrhea in neonatal and post-weaned pigs that impedes their growth for...
Apr 24, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Study compares PRRSV antibody-sampling options for sowsWhen it comes to porcine reproductive and respiratory virus it’s important for the veterinarian and farm personnel to know the health status of a herd or barn.
Apr 22, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Batch farrowing makes a comeback on small- to medium-sized sow farmsThe practice of farrowing sows in groups and not continuously is making a reappearance as small- to medium-sized sow farms seek ways to stay competitive.
Apr 15, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on German researchers: Pigs, poultry not susceptible to COVID-19Scientists in Germany have confirmed that pigs and chickens are not susceptible to COVID-19.
Apr 10, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae: New strategies for an old ‘bug’Managing Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo) is nothing new for US pig veterinarians and producers, but there are a number of new tools available to deal with the bacterium.
Apr 04, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Chronic PED cases linger, setting the stage for eliminationThe wild run of porcine epidemic diarrhea striking the pork industry in 2013 has slowed substantially, but chronic versions continue to plague some farms.
Apr 01, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Five ways to maintain pig growth in summer without ractopamineThe summer months can be difficult for pigs — and producers. Pigs typically don’t grow as fast and feed efficiency often takes a hit. Much of the downturn is linked to heat stress, which costs US...
Apr 01, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Diagnostic experts: PCV3 is common in US swine herdsPCV3 was first reported in 2016, but appears to have been present in swine populations decades prior to that time. PCV3 strains are similar to one another but are very different from PCV2.
Mar 30, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Moving parts: Integrated, holistic approach needed for effective mycoplasma controlRenewed interest in M. hyo and its impact on herd health and performance has prompted producers and veterinarians to re-evaluate control strategies for the costly bacterial disease.
Mar 25, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Deadly swine-disease outbreak at buying station triggers search for mystery pathogenWhen a call came in last September reporting very high, unexplained sow mortalities, Daniel Gascho, DVM, didn’t expect it to be anything unusual, but he found quite the opposite.
Mar 17, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Swine dysentery makes an unwelcome comebackJust when US pork producers thought swine dysentery was a problem of the past, it has re-emerged for an unwelcome encore in a slightly different form.
Mar 16, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Grow-finish mortalities require fast action followed by prevention planNothing grabs the attention of a grow-finish unit and its veterinarian faster than an uptick in mortalities.
Four Star Veterinary Service Pork Industry Conference postponed until July 21; same place, same speakers
Mar 16, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Four Star Veterinary Service Pork Industry Conference postponed until July 21; same place, same speakersRegistration is now open for the 2020 Pork Industry Conference organized by Four Star Veterinary Service, a business with locations in five states and 17 veterinarians focused on pig health.
Mar 11, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Lessons from the barn: Avoiding gremlinsBy Joseph F. Connor, DVM, MS, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd., Carthage, Illinois
Mar 10, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tips for transitioning to ractopamine-free hog feedTOOLBOX, Issue 18: An interview with Daniel Nelson, PhD, Senior Swine Nutritionist, Zoetis
Mar 02, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Prepare for African swine fever outbreak with Secure Pork Supply planA growing threat of African swine fever (ASF) has convinced US pork producers to prepare for the worst with a Secure Pork Supply plan.
Feb 27, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Moving biosecurity from the farm to the feed millAn effective biosecurity strategy is not a stagnant process. It is continuously influenced by changes in pig-flows, disease pressures, virus evolution, emerging health issues and more.
Feb 26, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Do’s and don’ts of cephalosporin use in swineTOOLBOX, Issue 15: An interview with John W. Hallberg, DVM, PhD, Director, US Regulatory Affairs, Zoetis
Feb 21, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on MetaStim®: The best balance of humoral, cellular immunityTOOLBOX, Issue 17: An interview with Dennis Foss, DVM, PhD, Research Director, Zoetis Global Biologicals Swine
Feb 20, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Ellis: No magic bullet to reduce pre-wean mortalityPre-wean mortality has increased over the last 15 years, and it’s a major concern for US pork producers and veterinarians.
Feb 18, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on 8 key factors drive success when raising pigs without antibioticsProducers need to recognize there will always be health challenges when raising pigs without antibiotics. The goal is to resolve those challenges as they arise.
Feb 14, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Outmaneuvering PRRSV requires a better understanding of genetic diversityPRRSV is constantly evolving, resulting in an extremely diverse virus with multiple lineages, but building a better understanding of that genetic diversity is the next step to making real progress...
Feb 12, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Deen: Apply old lessons to new technologiesClassical education emphasizes the need for industries to adopt new technologies to keep up with external demands and constantly changing economic environments.
Feb 06, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pollmann: Make the most of your human capitalThe US pork industry is challenging under the best of circumstances, with enough variables to make even astute, savvy businesspeople cautious. However, one of the biggest components of a successful,...
Feb 05, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Connor: Disease elimination can lower the cost of productionUS producers have robust export markets and a lower cost of production than many other countries, but Joe Connor, DVM, says cost of production could be even lower.
Feb 03, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tips to improve pen gestation for sowsMany pork producers successfully manage sows in group gestation pens after completing breeding and pregnancy checks in crates. Here are suggestions to help maximize sow productivity in pen gestation.
Feb 03, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Lowering pre-wean mortality starts at day 1Pre-wean mortality continues to be a challenge to producers across the industry as genetic improvements allow sows to be more prolific and achieve higher total born.
Feb 01, 2020PGT EditorComments Off on Aureomix S finding its niche, and then some, in VFD eraTOOLBOX, Issue 4: An interview with Thomas Painter, DVM, US Pork Technical Services, Zoetis
Jan 31, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Michigan switches to pen gestation; Ohio is nextHog operations in Michigan faced an April 1, 2020, deadline for switching from individual stalls to pens for sow gestation.
Jan 22, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Lessons learned: How a modern hog farm in Russia recovered from ASFChina’s African swine fever epidemic may offer a grim view of life with the disease. But its neighbor Russia has proven recovery from ASF is possible.
New Individual Sow Care program from Zoetis aims to reduce losses, optimize performance and well-being
Jan 21, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on New Individual Sow Care program from Zoetis aims to reduce losses, optimize performance and well-beingLooking to help the U.S. pork industry raise the bar for performance and reverse the surge in sow mortality rates, Zoetis has introduced Individual Sow Care.
Jan 17, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pig Health Today launches Zoetis News CenterPig Health Today has introduced the Zoetis News Center — a special section of the popular news website that features insights from Zoetis’ pig-health experts, plus updates on company-sponsored...
Jan 16, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarian says VFD led to more strategic antibiotic useThe Food and Drug Administration’s revised rules for antibiotic use in hogs, including the VFD, has led to a reduction in and more strategic use of antibiotics in swine.
Dec 30, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on PCV3 is ‘absolutely’ a pathogen but proceed with cautionPorcine circovirus type 3 (PCV3) is “absolutely” a pathogen but merely finding the virus isn’t enough to conclude it’s the cause of disease.
Dec 23, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Comprehensive, data-driven approach to lower wean-finish mortalityIdentifying the source of wean-to-finish mortality can be a challenge, since factors affecting that stage of production may have originated earlier — on the sow farm, in the farrowing barn or at...
Dec 18, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Maintain mycoplasma-negative herds with laryngeal swab tests from incoming giltsSow farms that have eradicated M. hyo must continue surveillance to keep the pathogen out or the results will be devastating.
Dec 11, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on No. 1 biosecurity lesson: Never stop improvingThe first lesson of biosecurity, according to Andrea Pitkin, DVM, health assurance veterinarian for PIC, is to learn, modify and adapt because new threats can surface at any time.
Dec 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on The Maschhoffs combine technology and coaching to build a biosecurity cultureBiosecurity on hog farms is serious business, and it’s no secret that success hinges on how well protocols are carried out. For years, emphasis has been on building a “biosecurity culture,” and...
Nov 26, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on PRRSV vaccine produces robust and lasting immune response when given to day-old pigletsA new study shows that piglets can mount a strong, specific and lasting immune response to PRRSV when vaccinated at 1 day of age.
Nov 25, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Fogging helps establish Day 0 for M. hyo eliminationMaintaining a healthy herd takes time, energy and constant emphasis on biosecurity, Amy Maschhoff, DVM, told Pig Health Today.
Nov 14, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Researchers tackle survivability issues head-onOne in three pigs born on US farms fail to reach market, according to Jason Ross, PhD, a professor of animal physiology at Iowa State University and director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center.
Nov 11, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Mycoplasma elimination possible, but more difficult on farrow-to-finish sitesWith the right program in place, eliminating mycoplasma pneumonia is possible on many hog farms.
Nov 05, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Hit delete: Vet says you don’t have to live with mycoplasmaM. hyo is a bacterium that US producers don’t have to live with. Elimination can be successful and cost-effective.
Nov 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sow pads show promise for reducing shoulder sores, related infectionsDuring farrowing and lactation, sows can easily develop shoulder sores, which in turn become infected. Could a little padding help?
Oct 20, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Population-based diagnostics pinpoint the power in numbersThe world of diagnostics is expanding. Instead of focusing on individual animals, population-based diagnostics help veterinarians and producers identify the health status of their barns more quickly...
Oct 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Biosecurity: A practical approachBy Joseph F. Connor, DVM, MS, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd.. Carthage, Illinois
Oct 06, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Foreign animal diseases and the line of last resortBy Larry Rueff, DVM, Swine Veterinary Services, Greensburg, Indiana
Oct 02, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Researchers expand understanding of virus transmission in feedAs African swine fever virus continues to march across the globe, the US pork sector is laser focused on keeping it from reaching the homeland.
Sep 29, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Is fogging an M. hyo-elimination option for your swine herd?Paul Yeske, DVM, with the Swine Vet Center in St. Peter, Minn., has seen repeatable success with M. hyo elimination, along with the downstream effect of lower cost of production, better average daily...
Sep 26, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Feed, water, air and comfort: Keys to prevent tail bitingTail biting in pigs remains something of a mystery. What triggers a pig or pigs to bite tails? Why do some express this vice and others do not?
Sep 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on It’s back: Clinical outbreak of PCV2 in genetic herds reportedA clinical outbreak of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) occurred this past winter in otherwise healthy, well-vaccinated herds, Clayton Johnson, DVM, of Carthage Veterinary Service, told Pig Health...
Sep 11, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Processing fluids’ effectiveness in monitoring PCV2 in sow herdsVaccines have provided effective control options for PCV2, but vertical transmission remains a challenge for some farms.
Sep 09, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Steps to mitigate cross-contamination of piglet processing fluids with PRRS MLVAs piglets move from the sow farm to the growing stage, it’s important to know their porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) status.
Sep 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Survey says: RWA production adversely affects pig health and welfareSwine producers and veterinarians responding to a national survey said pressure to maintain the raised without antibiotics (RWA) label sometimes compromises animal health and welfare.
Aug 30, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Carthage swine veterinarian: Focus on individual pig care can benefit entire production systemTaking care of every single pig seems like a daunting task when producers have hundreds or thousands of pigs under their care. Still, the rewards are well worth the effort.
Aug 29, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pipestone nutritionist highlights advancements to improve pig healthProducers know if a pig has good gut health in the nursery, it’s more likely to get off to a good start in the grow-finish barn. But with increased pressure on antibiotic use, nutritionists are...
Aug 26, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Phase I of pelvic organ prolapse study offers new insightsA pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a dramatic, easy-to-identify event within the farrowing room. The difficult part is figuring out the cause and applying a solution.
Aug 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on On the road again? Be careful not to pig outSwine veterinarians putting in long days on the road caring for pigs should be just as cognizant of their own health and nutritional needs.
Aug 14, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Smithfield veterinarian aims to connect dots on animal welfareFor Mary Battrell, DVM, a swine veterinarian for Smithfield Foods, animal welfare is the connection between animal health, well-being and performance; and optimizing that connection improves...
Aug 13, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Positive interactions with sows reduce piglet crushingEncouraging staff to have more direct involvement with managing and handling sows can have positive impacts on herd welfare and mortality rates, say scientists.
Aug 12, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Impact of control options for Streptococcus suis and Haemophilus parasuisHelping piglets make a smooth transition at weaning is always a priority, but bacterial pathogens such as Streptococcus suis and Haemophilus parasuis can make that goal particularly challenging.
Aug 07, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Debriefing: Retrospective on the VFD experienceBy Clayton Johnson, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service Integrated Veterinary Network
Aug 06, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Processing fluids hold promise for PCV2 testing on sow farmsUnderstanding the pathogen status of a sow herd helps determine the prevention, control and treatment options to protect piglets as they grow. For PCV2 there is no treatment; however, vaccination is...
Jul 30, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on PRRS in growing pigs linked to sow outbreaksPorcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) in growing pigs may play an important role in PRRS outbreaks among sow herds.
Jul 25, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Does PRRS influence weaned pigs’ nutritional response?In the past 30 years, the growth and body composition of US market hogs has changed dramatically, but the same cannot be said for dietary vitamin and mineral levels.
Jul 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on A simple scoring system can provide insights into tail biting and lamenessTail biting and lameness directly impact the well-being of growing pigs, which in turn impacts their productivity and the farm’s economics.
Jul 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Resurgence of ‘old’ bacterial diseases in pigs: Why?Three bacterial diseases considered under control recently flared up creating new challenges in hog operations. The older diseases include Haemophilus parasuis (parasuis), Streptococcus suis (strep)...
Jul 11, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Know the feed risk factors for African swine feverAs African swine fever (ASF) continues its insidious spread through China and surrounding countries, the need to keep it out of US herds becomes more imperative.
Jul 08, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on National ASF-surveillance plan: What you need to knowThe pork industry leans heavily on diagnostics to minimize the impact of disease, but they’re especially critical for monitoring African swine fever (ASF) and other trade-limiting foreign animal...
Jul 05, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Data show filtered farms break less often with PRRSNine years of data from the Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Project show farms with air-filtering systems have fewer outbreaks of PRRS than farms without filters.
Jun 26, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on African swine fever, Strep suis hot topics at 2019 Leman ConferenceThe threat of African swine fever and its impact on the global protein market will be among several keynote lectures planned during the upcoming 2019 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul,...
Jun 24, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Connor: ASF fears prompting broader view of biosecurityMaintaining good biosecurity has long been key to advancing the health, well-being and productivity of hog farms, but the threat of African swine fever has raised the bar and prompted veterinarians...
Jun 21, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Adequate gilt acclimation helps minimize the PRRSV ‘tax’By Clayton Johnson, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service Integrated Veterinary Network
Jun 19, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Summer Solstice Special: Managing Heat Stress in PigsBehold the Summer Solstice, a good time to think about the hot, steamy days ahead and how they'll affect swine health, welfare and performance. Pig Health Today talked with experts about helping pigs...
Jun 17, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Davies: Focus on optimizing antibiotic use, not volumeThe US pork industry has a good track record for using antibiotics responsibly, but how should it be graded for its efforts? By volume? Types of antibiotics used? Resistance trends?
Jun 13, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Ractopamine has little influence on iodine value in pig fat carcassTOOLBOX, Issue 14: An interview with Daniel Nelson, PhD, PAS, Senior Swine Nutritionist, Zoetis
Jun 13, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Optimizing nutrition key to unlocking full benefits of immunocastrationAn alternative technique to physical castration could offer US hog producers a host of financial and management benefits.
Jun 13, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on On the road again? Don’t forget Pig Health Today podcastsMost of Pig Health Today’s video interviews with leading health experts and other opinion leaders can be downloaded as podcasts and listened to on mobile devices or through audio systems of most...
Jun 10, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Five challenges facing swine veterinarians — and how to address themToday’s swine veterinarians are great multitaskers by necessity, said Deborah Murray, DVM, veterinary services manager, with New Fashion Pork, Jackson, Minnesota, at the 2019 AASV meeting.
May 30, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Early identification key to managing lameness in sow herdsBy Claire LeFevre, DVM, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd., Carthage, Illinois
May 29, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Feed-mill biosecurity critical to reducing disease transmissionFeed and feed ingredients are generating a lot of interest as possible vectors in transmitting swine diseases.
May 25, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Some aspects of Senecavirus A continue to mystify researchersWhile the spikes of Senecavirus A have plateaued in recent years, researchers in the pork industry are still confounded by the elusive virus and what triggers outbreaks.
May 21, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Emerging technologies at AASV: Four new tools to boost efficiencyBetween tight margins and constant herd-health challenges, pork producers are always looking for new ways to increase efficiencies and profits while also increasing transparency.
May 20, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Senecavirus A: Several questions remain unansweredSenecavirus A (SVA) is detected in a pig’s tonsils about 40 days after infection with the virus — a finding that raises some interesting questions.
May 15, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Emerging technologies at AASV: Three cool tools headed to hog farmsThe so-called Internet of Things — that emerging world in which everyday tools like thermostats and doorbells suddenly become indispensable smart devices — is not lost on the pork industry.
May 13, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Aureomix S provides effective replacement for MecadoxTOOLBOX, Issue 12: An interview with Thomas Painter, DVM, Senior Technical Service Veterinarian,Zoetis
May 13, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Picking your battles is key to biosecurity successBiosecurity is one of those on-farm topics that gets a lot of time and attention, but it can easily fall apart in the day-to-day reality of managing pigs.
May 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on What to do when emotions run high in a disease breakAny way you look at it, going through a disease break on a farm is difficult. “The pigs are easy; it’s the people that make things difficult.”
May 02, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Reducing stress can aid pig health, performancePigs can get stressed, just like people, and the impact can be just as serious.
Apr 26, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Perineal scoring first clue to pelvic-organ prolapse in sow-mortality projectA large research project involving 104 US sow farms and 400,000 sows is expected to identify factors related to the recent increase in sow mortalities caused by pelvic-organ prolapses.
Apr 26, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Good hygiene key to health and performance in fattening units, scientists findInvesting in biosecurity in fattening units could see Europe’s pig sector increase its earnings by billions of Euros a year thanks to improved pig health and growth rates.
Apr 24, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Why do summer PRRS breaks last longer than winter breaks?Summer outbreaks of PRRS take 15 weeks longer to stabilize than PRRS outbreaks beginning in the winter, according to data from the Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Project (MSHMP).
Apr 23, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Estrus suppression boosts gilt welfare, productivity in CanadaDelaying sexual maturity in gilts is helping pig producers in Canada streamline their production systems while improving carcass quality and animal welfare.
Imported feed ingredients: Supplier’s sourcing, biosecurity, shipping vital to product integrity, safety
Apr 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Imported feed ingredients: Supplier’s sourcing, biosecurity, shipping vital to product integrity, safetyBrian Payne, DVM, technical services veterinarian at Zoetis, recently talked with editors of Pig Health Today about African swine fever (ASF) and the possible risks of importing the virus through...
Apr 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Lincomix offers flexible dose rate for M. hyoTOOLBOX, Issue 7: An interview with Thomas Painter, DVM, US Pork Technical Services, Zoetis
Apr 15, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on What’s your ‘risk attitude’? The role of human behavior in biosecurityHow human behavior impacts biosecurity decisions is a new frontier that’s critical to producers.
Apr 10, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on AVMA releases first-ever guidelines for depopulation of animalsThe AVMA has published its first ever Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals to help veterinarians support animal welfare in situations where the difficult decision to depopulate has been made.
Apr 08, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Multiple infections? It’s important to get to the root causeDisease management can be challenging. You have a list of possible causes, but unless you get to the root cause, those symptoms are likely to recur.
Apr 04, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Why did sow-mortality rates jump to 15%?The spike in sow-mortality rates over the past decade has prompted the US pork industry to hunt for answers.
Apr 04, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Secure Pork Supply plan updated to meet changing FAD needsWith African swine fever (ASF) well established in China and parts of Europe, US pork producers need to take steps now to protect their interests in the face of an outbreak.
Apr 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Dee: Mitigants combined with extended storage time help guard against virus transmissionFeed additives that mitigate viruses, combined with extended storage times, could help protect the US pork industry from African swine fever and other foreign animal diseases.
Apr 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Castration alternative offers faster growth, more quality meat in studyA novel castration alternative allows male pigs to grow faster and produce more high-quality meat than physically castrated or entire hogs, a new analysis shows.
Apr 01, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Understanding feed flow, biosecurity critical in ASF battleThe US pork industry is nervous about African swine fever (ASF) and other foreign animal diseases entering the country — and for good reason.
Mar 28, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Can’t we just let boars be boars?By Larry Rueff, DVM Swine Veterinary Services Greensburg, Indiana
Mar 27, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Action plan, training keys to humane euthanasia of pigsA critical part of humane animal care on pig farms is responsible and timely euthanasia. However, identifying individuals for the job, training them and having a plan to carry out the process can...
Mar 25, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Inflammation, stress put pressure on sow longevityIn recent years, producers have focused on pigs per sow per year and number of pigs weaned to maximize profits, but increased litter size puts pressure on sow longevity.
Mar 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on USDA expands ASF awareness tools to keep the virus out of the USUSDA has committed new resources to raising the awareness of African swine fever (ASF) and the importance of keeping the virus from entering the US.
Mar 19, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Are you giving M. hyo the attention it deserves?Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo) isn’t a new problem in the pork industry. I’s been around for years, but that’s exactly the point: Why is the industry still wrestling with it?
Mar 18, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on PRRS vaccine overcomes maternal immunity in day-old pigletsA new vaccine for PRRS has been shown to overcome maternal immunity in newborn piglets, offering protection from this costly disease from before weaning through slaughter.
Mar 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Carthage vets focusing on ‘regional’ IAV-S vaccination strategies for breeding herdsAs influenza viruses evolve, is there a more effective way to manage vaccinations for influenza A virus in swine?
Mar 15, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on New technologies may yield new insights on antibiotic use, resistanceThe pork industry has a reputation for using antibiotics responsibly, but when the industry looks at antimicrobial use and tries to understand how products either mitigate or promote resistance,...
Mar 14, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Mycoplasma control starts with stabilizing sow herdEconomic losses caused by the bacterium Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae run between $3 to $10 per finishing hog due to reduced pig performance, according to Elise Toohill, DVM, Carthage Veterinary Service.
Mar 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...
Mar 07, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on USDA steps up measures to prevent ASF spread to the USAs the spread of African swine fever (ASF) across Asia shows no signs of slowing, US pork producers have watched with a nervous eye toward international commerce and travel.
Mar 04, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Is it time to eliminate PED from US herds?By Joseph F. Connor, DVM, MS, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd., Carthage, Illinois
Mar 02, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Gene editing offers future options to address swine diseasesWhether the focus is human or animal medicine, gene editing has created a buzz today about its potential for addressing numerous health issues.
Feb 27, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Animal welfare key to pork producers’ continuous improvementAnimal well-being is not a new concept and has long been a priority on hog farms. “It’s one of the ethical principles within the industry’s We Care initiative,” said Sherry Webb,...
Feb 27, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on ‘One Health’ approach needed to balance antibiotic usage, animal welfareWhen it comes to responsible antibiotic management, there are wide-ranging views and interpretations on usage, impact, future direction and even terminology.
Feb 27, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on FDA’s antibiotic guidance and VFDs continue a smooth transitionIt’s fast approaching 2 years since the FDA implemented its revised guidance for antibiotic use in food animals. At the center of the effort is the veterinary feed directive (VFD).
Feb 27, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Why sows leave the herd: Biological priorities and productivityWhen it comes to sow productivity, culling and mortality issues, “the simple answer is there’s no simple answer,” John Deen, DVM, University of Minnesota swine epidemiologist, told Pig Health...
Feb 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Keep guard up for strep, parasuis in newly weaned pigsNewly weaned pigs face many challenges — new environment, feed, pen mates. They also face the challenge of bacterial infections like strep and parasuis, the two most common systemic bacterial...
Feb 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Strategies to weaken PRRS’ grip on US herdsAfter more than three decades, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) remains a serious disease threat to swine units in the US.
Feb 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Producer priorities drive NPB swine-health researchThere’s no shortage of swine-health issues that would benefit from research investment, but when it comes to allocating Pork Checkoff funds, producers make the decisions.
Feb 21, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on New council to direct swine-disease responseFor years, the USDA and US pork industry have had plans in place to address a foreign animal disease, but PED and ASF developments raised the priority status to a new level.
Feb 18, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Rapid Response Plan offers CSI team for emerging diseasesDetermining the cause of a peculiar health condition in pigs is not unlike a crime scene investigation (CSI). The veterinarian, producer and diagnosticians search for clues into what, how and why the...
Feb 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tale of two viruses: PCV3 impact unknown while PCV2 continues to evolveGenetic sequencing demonstrates that porcine circovirus type 3 (PCV3) is significantly different from PCV2, but otherwise little is known about the virus.
Feb 14, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on A question of when: How the US pork industry is preparing for a possible FAD outbreakThis is the second in a two-part series on foreign animal diseases. Part 1 looks at the economic impact of a FAD outbreak.
Feb 10, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Special report: FAD outbreak could cost US agriculture $200 billion over 10 yearsThis is the first in a two-part series on foreign animal diseases. Part 2 looks at what the US pork industry is doing to head off an FAD outbreak and to prepare for one.
Feb 07, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on How FADs have affected foreign marketsSince the middle of the 20th century, numerous foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreaks involving the pork industry have been recorded throughout the world.
Feb 04, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarian sees changes to three high-risk swine diseasesThree diseases affecting finishing hogs — Senecavirus A, porcine sapelovirus and erysipelas — have undergone changes over the past year that warrant the pork industry’s attention.
Feb 02, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on BMD®: What is its future in pork production?TOOLBOX, Issue 5: An interview with Daniel Nelson, PhD, PAS, Senior Swine Nutritionist, Zoetis
Jan 28, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Don’t lose sight of M. hyo while battling other swine pathogensTOOLBOX, Issue 1: An interview with Lucina Galina Pantoja, DVM, PhD, Director, Swine Technical Services, Zoetis
Jan 24, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Researchers create algorithm to predict PEDV outbreaksResearchers from North Carolina State University have developed an algorithm that could give pig farms advance notice of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) outbreaks.
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 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...
Nov 15, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on ASF threat: Three US swine vets share insights from the frontlineThe rapid spread of ASF throughout China and other regions of the world has raised concerns the disease will ultimately make its way to the US — a development that could cripple the nation’s pork...
Nov 10, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Z-CAS helping feed mills, producers get the most from medicated feed additivesTOOLBOX, Issue 6: An interview with Marc Howerton, Customer Analytical Services Supervisor, Zoetis
Nov 09, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Herd performance best measure of PRRS vaccine efficacyTOOLBOX, Issue 9: An interview with Jose Angulo, DVM, PRRS Specialist, Managing Veterinarian, Zoetis
Oct 22, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tackling PRRS: Managing outbreaks to limit damagePorcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is a virus that can take a significant toll on pig producers due to reproductive losses, decreased performance and damaging secondary infections....
Oct 10, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Quarantine window for feed ingredients may reduce hog disease riskForeign animal diseases (FAD) are top of mind as the ongoing outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in China, Belgium and elsewhere, have raised the stakes to implement new practices designed to...
Oct 10, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Processing fluids helping to fine tune diagnostics in swine herds thought to be PRRS-negativeCollecting aggregate samples of processing fluids during tail docking and castration is proving to be an excellent way to monitor herds for porcine reproductive and respiratory disease (PRRS) virus,...
Oct 09, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Seven tips for fine tuning sow feed efficiencyWant to know what’s really impacting your bottom line? Get down to slat level, says a sow-management specialist. That’s where the less obvious feed-related factors could be stealing your ROI.
Sep 17, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Improving welfare leads to higher herd performanceMeasures to improve animal welfare on hog farms can improve — rather than jeopardize — economic performance of herds, scientists have discovered.
Sep 17, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on 3D cameras help limit tail biting in pigsA high-tech system which uses 3D cameras to spot tail movements in pigs could soon help farmers identify the early signs of tail biting, scientists in the UK have discovered.
Sep 17, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on 13 tips for rearing healthier, more profitable pigs with fewer antibioticsControlling and limiting the amount of antibiotics on a farm doesn’t have to be to the detriment of a herd’s overall health — and can, in fact, lead to a more profitable and sustainable...
Sep 07, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Dee: African swine fever outbreak in China major threat to US porkNews that China broke with African swine fever generated great concern for many in the US swine industry, including Scott Dee, DVM, Pipestone Veterinary Services.
Sep 06, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Dipsticks offer early warning of sow urinary-tract infectionsMinimizing urinary-tract infections is an important step — not only in securing a sow’s overall health but also its productivity and, ultimately, its longevity.
Aug 30, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tips for proper selection of cleaning, disinfection productsBy Neal Benjamin, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service Carthage, Illinois
Aug 29, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on ‘Immune-mediated protection’ key to managing Group C rotavirusRotavirus is not a new disease facing the swine industry, but it’s also not going away. There are various groups of rotaviruses that impact piglets differently.
Aug 29, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Non-thermal plasma reactors can inactivate PRRSVHog-farm biosecurity measures have largely focused on minimizing the transmission of infectious agents on various surfaces. However, it’s been shown that PRRSV — and possibly other respiratory...
Aug 15, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Feed duration biggest issue under new swine VFD ruleMore than a year into FDA’s new veterinary feed directive (VFD) rules, pork producers and veterinarians are finding the potential problem spots.
Aug 14, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Employee training improves piglet-survival ratesAn employee-training program focused on online training followed by tracked, in-barn verification experiences helped a start-up farm achieve top piglet-survival rates, according to a study.
Aug 03, 2018PGT EditorComments Off on Training staff to spot sick pigs early leads to higher performance, lower mortalityPig health is critical for maintaining animal welfare and ensuring a steady supply of safe and affordable pork.
Jul 19, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on PCR falls short in monitoring PRRSV transport biosecurityTransport biosecurity is a growing priority as evidence shows that contaminated livestock trailers are a significant risk in spreading viruses between herds.
Jul 09, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Antibiotic use at weaning can reduce acute illness in pigsThe transition into the nursery phase for just-weaned pigs presents many challenges as they adapt to a new diet, a new environment and increased competition. Young pigs often need some extra help.
Jul 03, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on The big imposter: Senecavirus A prompts frequent false alarms at Minnesota pork plantEmployees at the Hormel pork-processing plant in Austin, Minn., well understand the drill for a foreign animal disease (FAD) investigation.
Jun 24, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Two tactics to reduce stillborns and improve piglet survivalTwo midwestern sow operations recently discussed how each achieves high piglet-survival rates by using different techniques to attend farrowing.
Jun 24, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on PCV2: Future considerations for an evolving virusPorcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) may not be a new virus challenge for pork producers and swine veterinarians, but it remains a constant challenge.
Jun 21, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Three simple, effective ways to help hogs beat the heat this summerFor many reasons, including historically warmer weather and the fact that sows now produce bigger litters, pigs are more susceptible to heat stress, which could potentially affect their performance...
Jun 16, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Heat stress: How much does it drain your pigs and profits?Each year, heat stress costs US pig farmers about $900 million in revenues — about twice the amount lost as a result of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus
Jun 04, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pig Health Today lines up video interviews with top experts at WPXAt least 30 swine-health experts and trend watchers will be interviewed on camera over the next three days as part of Pig Health Today’s news coverage of the 2018 World Pork Expo.
Jun 04, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on ALL HEALTH, ALL THE TIMEPig Health Today, the world’s only news website and magazine focused exclusively on swine health, will mark its first anniversary this week at World Pork Expo.
May 16, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Early PRRS vaccination helps protect pigs through slaughterA new, single-dose vaccine for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) has been shown to protect pigs from before weaning to slaughter, helping prevent secondary infections and...
May 14, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Crossing the line: Biosecurity for employee entry is still a work in progressBy Derald Holtkamp, MS, DVM Associate Professor Iowa State University
May 03, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Special edition of Pig Health Today captures presentations from 2-day PRRS conferencePig Health Today has published a free, 32-page special report, “Framing the Future of PRRS,” with news summaries of eight presentations by veterinarians and scientists specializing in porcine...
May 01, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Retailers setting their sights on pain management in pig productionAlthough antibiotics and sow housing have remained center stage in recent years, retailers are increasingly putting pressure on producers to address pain management as part of their...
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 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 11, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on IPIC targeting losses from sow mortalityHealthy and productive sows help ensure profitable and efficient herds. So, when the sow mortality rate due to pelvic organ prolapse started to increase throughout the industry for no apparent...
Mar 16, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on ‘Don’t blame antibiotics use on production systems,’ says UK pig sectorThe UK pig sector has warned campaigners against oversimplifying the link between production systems and antibiotics use.
Mar 16, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Is colostrum the ‘golden ticket’ to driving down antibiotic use?UK swine farmers are being urged to recognize the value of giving newborn pigs good-quality colostrum as part of industry efforts to drive down antibiotics use.
Mar 05, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pig feed reminder over African Swine Fever concernsUK pig keepers are being reminded to avoid feeding animals food waste and check their biosecurity measures to help prevent outbreaks of diseases such as African Swine Fever (ASF).
Mar 05, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on SPECIAL REPORT, Day 3: News reports and interviews from AASVThe 2018 American Association of Swine Veterinarians is under way. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back at our 2017 coverage (Part 3...
Mar 04, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on SPECIAL REPORT, Day 2: News reports and interviews from AASVThe 2018 American Association of Swine Veterinarians is under way. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back at our 2017 coverage (Part 2...
Mar 03, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on US pork industry’s first vaccine with two PCV2 genotypes announced at AASVThe US pork industry’s first vaccine to include two genotypes of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) — 2a and 2b — was announced on the first day of the American Association of Swine...
Mar 03, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on SPECIAL REPORT, Day 1: News reports and interviews from AASVThe 2018 American Association of Swine Veterinarians is under way. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back at our 2017 coverage (Part 1...
Mar 01, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Premier issue of Pig Health Today magazine now availableThe premier issue of Pig Health Today magazine is off the press and being mailed to some 10,000 pork producers, swine consultants and opinion leaders in the US. The colorful, 36-page magazine can...
Feb 24, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Production specialists urged to share insights on no-antibiotics programs, animal welfareAntibiotics are important for maintaining animal health, but their use has come under scrutiny in recent years due to the rise of antibiotic resistance globally.
Feb 04, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Steps to keep the incidence of stillborns at bayby Megan Schnur, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. Carthage, Illinois
Jan 25, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on New forms of swine influenza pose tough but manageable challengesNew strains of the swine influenza virus continue to emerge, making it difficult for pork producers to manage, two experts who specialize in the disease of food animals said at a recent webinar...
Jan 22, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Individual pig care offers path to better health, uniformityMaking pig uniformity part of the management strategy from birth can maximize profitability throughout the growth cycle.
Jan 10, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on New claim provides flexible dosing for M. hyo medicationPork producers battling swine respiratory disease associated with Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo) now have more flexibility when using Lincomix® (lincomycin hydrochloride) Type A medicated...
Jan 10, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Calls to cut antibiotics could hurt pig health, vet warnsCalls to ban antibiotics for disease protection in pig and other livestock systems could damage animal welfare and compromise the United States’ food system, industry leaders say.
Dec 28, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on New antibiotics targets announced for UK pig sectorUK pig produers are working to meet ambitious new targets to further reduce antibiotic use in the industry.
Dec 14, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on What to expect during an on-farm CSI auditAn on-farm visit by an auditor will likely be routine for pork producers in the future. Knowing what an auditor expects and what pork producers can do during the audit will help prepare for a...
Dec 11, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pig Health Today launches mobile appPig Health Today, the world’s only news website focused entirely on swine health, welfare and sustainability, has partnered with sponsor Zoetis to launch a mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
Dec 05, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Air-cleaning technology could slash respiratory disease riskA technology that reduces dust, germs and gasses from the air in pig sheds could help cut the number of pigs that develop lesions associated with respiratory disease.
Dec 05, 2017PGT EditorComments Off on Build up winter housing defenses to ward off diseaseOptimizing pig sheds is vital for maintaining herd health, but in the winter months, getting the environment right is especially important in warding off illness.
Nov 20, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Secure Pork Supply plan: Beginning steps to safeguard your herdAccording to an Iowa State University study, the potential revenue losses to US pork and beef industries from an FMD outbreak would run $12.8 billion annually with associated losses to corn and...
Nov 15, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Urine sampling can reliably detect penicillin residues in sowsUrine sampling is a reliable way to detect procaine penicillin G (PPG) residues prior to processing and may help producers avoid processing-plant violations, according to Locke A. Karriker, DVM, a...
Nov 13, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on USDA, industry groups take issue with WHO’s latest statement on poultry, livestock antibioticsThe USDA’s chief scientist and several scientific and industry organizations took issue with the World Health Organization’s recent news release recommending that poultry and livestock...
Oct 30, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Accurate Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae diagnosis challenging but essentialThe diagnosis of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo) infection remains challenging but can be made with confidence when a systematic approach is applied and the clinical picture aligns with laboratory...
Oct 25, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on ISU scientists pinpoint indicators of acute pain in neonatal pigsIndicators of acute pain in piglets have been identified by researchers from Iowa State University (ISU).
Oct 25, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on SHIC matrix weighs the impact of emerging swine diseasesAs porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and Seneca Valley virus surfaced within the US swine herd in recent years, it underscored the threat posed by emerging and foreign animal diseases.
Oct 16, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on How 50 swine vets plan to manage seasonal respiratory disease in the new VFD eraFor as long as any pork producer can remember, fall’s arrival traditionally was a signal to add a respiratory antibiotic to the grower-finisher rations or, at the very least, pulse feed a...
Oct 05, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on PCV MH vaccines provide equal protection in study, but lung lesions, ADG, final weight differThree porcine circovirus (PCV) vaccines compared in a recent study equally protected pigs against PCV type 2d and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, but there were some significant differences in gross...
Sep 26, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Urine-sampling options make it easier to evaluate gilt and sow healthUrine samples are an effective but underutilized diagnostic tool for evaluating the nutritional, physiological and health status of gilts and sows.
Sep 17, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Livestock farming standards to get boost under antimicrobial-resistance planThe European Commission has unveiled plans to promote better global livestock farming standards in a bid to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals and humans.
Sep 05, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on ‘Shaking pig syndrome’ identified on Austrian farmScientists in Austria have identified a virus that causes a congenital tremor in piglets and can result in heavy losses to infected litters.
Aug 25, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Scientists aim to breed out sow aggressionScientists at Michigan State University (MSU) are hoping to help pig producers improve herd welfare thanks to a $1 million project aimed at finding ways to breed out sow aggression.
Aug 21, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Anti-GnRH vaccine prevents unwanted pregnancies in Iberian giltsA vaccine that temporarily delays puberty in gilts may help Iberian pork producers avoid unwanted pregnancies in free-range herds.
Aug 18, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on More than 900 swine-health professionals from 20 countries expected at 2017 Leman conferenceMore than 900 swine veterinarians, producers and industry leaders from at least 20 countries will attend the annual Allen D. Leman Swine Conference...
Aug 14, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Biosecurity must-haves for swine veterinariansNo one wants to introduce a harmful pathogen into a herd, but the reality is the more pig exposure that a person has, the riskier that visitor becomes, even if he or she is a veterinarian.
Aug 14, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on PEDV and other pathogens survive in feed for weeksIn 2013-2014, infection of pig farms with PEDV was a frequent event, even in farms using the highest level of biosecurity. In an effort to determine how this could happen, Scott Dee, DVM, began...
Aug 10, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Gut bacteria deserve renewed focusWith the FDA’s new veterinary feed directive (VFD) rules changing the way some feed-grade antimicrobials are used on the farm, other options are gaining more attention.
Aug 03, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Understanding risks for M. hyo disease can help protect US swine herdsBy Maria Jose Clavijo, DVM, PhD Research Assistant Professor Department of Veterinary Diagnostics and Production Animal Medicine College of Veterinary Medicine Iowa State University, Ames,...
Aug 03, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Survey identifies gaps in employee biosecurity practicesFor biosecurity to be effective, everyone working within the farm needs to understand and comply with the defined protocols. In reality, a person’s attitude can make or break the outcome, so it’s...
Jul 27, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Want better biosecurity? Start with your pig trailersImproving transportation biosecurity may be the last frontier the swine industry needs to conquer to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. According to Butch Baker, DVM, the spread of...
Jul 24, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Feed biosecurity must address risk of PEDV transmissionThe biosecurity of swine feed is important for producing healthy animals and safe pork. But until 2013, feed was considered a low-risk vehicle for transmitting viral pathogens to swine.
Jun 21, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Solve biosecurity overload by focusing on the basicsKeeping a hog farm free of pathogens can be a daunting task for producers. The process to evaluate potential risks and then undertake biosecurity measures to manage the risks has become complex. In...
Jun 21, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Can soluble dietary fiber reduce the need for antimicrobials in nursery diets?Increased soluble fiber in pig diets shows promise as an alternative for growth-promoting antimicrobials in nursery diets, according to Eric Burrough, DVM, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Iowa State...
Jun 21, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Prevent the spread of disease by properly cleaning water linesOne of the most basic — yet often overlooked — elements of pork production is water. A clean, safe palatable water supply ensures adequate hydration, encourages feed consumption and helps prevent...
Jun 20, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Keep opportunistic bacterial challenges in pigs at bayBacterial challenges facing pigs can be traced back to other shortfalls that weaken their immune system.
Jun 20, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sow parity has no effect on incidence and timing of influenza in pigletsSow parity appears to have no effect on the incidence and timing of influenza infection in piglets, indicates a study presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Association of Swine...
Jun 20, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Colostrum may be best sample for PCV2 on sow farmsColostrum may be the best sample to test for determining whether porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is present in sow herds, according to researchers at Iowa State University (ISU).
Jun 14, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Study piglet behavior to improve chances of early survivalEncouraging farm staff to study piglets’ movement after farrowing could help them better identify weak animals, take action and improve early survival odds, scientists say.
Jun 10, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Formula sheds light on disease riskUnderstanding the transmission route of a disease pathogen, how long it’s infective, its survivability in the environment and routes of infection all build the foundation for creating effective...
Jun 08, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Secure Pork Supply plan seeks to minimize disruption from foreign animal diseasesThe National Pork Board, with major support from USDA, is creating a Secure Pork Supply plan to help America’s pig farmers respond quickly and successfully to a major threat, such as a foreign...
Jun 08, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on PEDV outbreaks prompt a ‘CSI Pipestone’ investigationWhen PEDV devastated the US hog industry in 2013, the Pipestone System remained fairly unscathed, with only a couple of farms experiencing outbreaks. Their luck changed in January 2014.
Jun 06, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pig Health Today website now online, offering ‘all health, all the time’Pig Health Today, a new website focused solely on news and information related to swine health, was launched today to help the US and global pork industries stay on top of the latest on disease...
Jun 06, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Fine-tune ventilation, evaporation to combat heat stress in pigsWithout the ability to sweat, pigs must rely on conduction, convection, radiation, and respiration/evaporation to remove body heat. Forcing air across a wet pig — the process of convection and...
Jun 05, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Migrant vet uncertainty raises questions for UK herd healthThe health of the UK’s pig herd could be put at risk unless the country’s government moves to protect the status of foreign veterinarians working there, a leading vet says.
Jun 05, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Post-Brexit support vital for UK pig welfare pushUK pig producers should receive government support if they are expected to adopt higher levels of animal welfare when the country leaves the European Union, industry leaders have said.
Jun 05, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Disease-prevention considerations for people and supplies“The success of any biosecurity program rests with compliance,” said Anna Romagosa, DVM, with PIC Europe.
May 31, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Neurological disease in pigs linked to SapelovirusAn outbreak of a severe, atypical neurologic disease in 11-week-old pigs has been linked to a novel sapelovirus and may be the first case of its kind in the US, according to a recently published...
May 30, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Flushing feed mill with treated rice hulls reduces PEDV riskThe porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) taught swine veterinarians and producers many hard lessons about feed management. Not only can the deadly virus be transported by feed ingredients, PEDV...
May 26, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Unloading docks at processing plants appear to be source of PRRSVUnloading docks at processing plants may be one way that livestock trailers become contaminated with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV).
May 22, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Effective biosecurity requires multiple layersMost hog farms have some level of biosecurity in place today, but simply outlining protocols doesn’t mean they’re effective.
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Disinfectant effective against PEDV in freezing conditionsContaminated hog trailers are now known to be partially responsible for spreading the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in 2013 as it emerged in the US.
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Time to reboot disease surveillanceUS pork production has gone through dramatic changes over recent decades, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the challenge that infectious disease presents. Swine veterinarians, researchers and...
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Oropharyngeal swabs offer alternative for PRRSV diagnosis in wean-age pigsTaking oropharyngeal swabs — that is, samples from the tonsils — appears to be an effective alternative means for detecting PRRSV in wean-age pigs, especially when the prevalence of infection is...
May 19, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Losing family swine herd to disease turned this farmhand into a veterinarianAs a child, when the swine disease pseudorabies (Aujeszky’s disease) forced his father to sell all the family’s pigs and start over, Andrew Bents got the calling to become a swine veterinarian.
May 18, 2017PGT EditorComments Off on Boar taint vaccination: Plus points for an ‘entire’ marketFor years, Britain has boasted some of the world’s highest standards of pig welfare. But as continental Europe moves to ban surgical castration, the UK’s “castration-free” status may no...
May 18, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Oral fluids offer practical on-farm disease surveillanceMonitoring the spread of a pathogen is one part of disease surveillance. But early identification is another part — arguably with growing importance as millions of pigs move across state lines each...
May 18, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Commonly used disinfectants can vary widely in efficacyCommonly used disinfectants can have substantially different efficacy and should be tested against the pathogen of concern — and under the conditions of use — before they’re used on swine...
May 18, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Snout wipes shown to be practical, efficient method for detecting swine influenza ASnout wipes are a practical and efficient method of detecting influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S), according to a study presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Association of Swine...
May 17, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Piglet pain control during castration still needs answersCastrating male piglets to prevent boar taint at market age is a common occurrence on US hog farms. However, as consumer interest in on-farm practices and animal welfare grows, producers will need...
May 15, 2017PGT EditorComments Off on Demonstration farm helping pork industry see benefits of pig-castration alternativeA group of 250 intact male piglets arrives at the demonstration farm ready to be the face of a new type of pork production.
May 02, 2017PGT EditorComments Off on Four strategies for managing piglet diarrheaNutrition, commercial vaccines, good hygiene and immunity of piglets through colostral transfer are four key strategies in managing piglet neonatal and peri-weaning diarrhea.
May 01, 2017PGT EditorComments Off on Italian meat company balances tradition, quality with need for greater sustainabilityA century-old salumi maker says sustainable and welfare-friendly processes are key to keeping its traditional products relevant to today’s consumers.
Apr 30, 2017PGT EditorComments Off on Castration alternative credited with improving feed efficiency, carcass quality on Belgian farmA pig producer in Belgium has reported that making the switch from surgical castration to boar-taint vaccination has resulted in better carcass quality, improved feed conversion and reduced...
Dec 15, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on Boar-taint vaccination associated with less male aggression in Australian studyBoar-taint vaccination improved the welfare of male pigs kept under commercial conditions by inhibiting sexual and aggressive behavior, according to new research from Australia.
Nov 29, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on Be prepared for surgical castration and tail docking ban, EU producers toldEurope’s pig producers should prepare themselves for an eventual ban on surgical castration and tail docking across the continent, according to a leading industry expert.
Sep 28, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on Enriched pens linked to less gestational stress, lower piglet mortalityHousing sows in enriched pens can reduce stress and have a positive impact on the development and survival rate of piglets, according to scientists.
Sep 26, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on Bigger not always better in quest for sustainable porkStriving to produce heavier pigs is not necessarily the answer to increasing pig productivity and farm profitability, an expert in pig genetics has warned.
Sep 13, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on Benefits of castration alternative presented at global pig-health eventTwo world-renowned experts discussed the economic and welfare benefits of using a novel castration alternative at the 2016 International Pig Veterinary Society conference in Dublin.
Apr 27, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on Castration also hurts the bottom line in pig productionA new study from Spain shows that surgical castration leads to higher mortalities and lower weaning weights in male piglets — and as a result, diminished economic returns.
Mar 15, 2016PGT EditorComments Off on French pork producer focuses on sustainability to meet evolving consumer demandsIn a country world-famous for its food, a small French pig producer’s strategy for meeting consistently high standards of quality, welfare and nutrition has earned it a spot on the map.