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Feb 02, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Krantz: Prioritize people to improve pre-wean mortalityToday’s sow farms are highly efficient production systems, yet pre-weaning mortality can remain a challenge.
Feb 01, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on AgView: Contact tracing for ASF and much moreAfrican swine fever (ASF) has spread like a slow burn across the globe since the 2007 identification in the Republic of Georgia. It moved into the EU, then into China and across Asia. In 2021, for...
Feb 01, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Canada develops plan to market hogs during ASF outbreakEfforts are underway in Canada to develop an ASF-Free Compartments strategy allowing farms to market hogs in the event of an African swine fever (ASF) outbreak.
Feb 01, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on VanderWaal: Expect to see new PRRS sublineages emergeUS pig producers know that many different strains of PRRS exist, but the continual emergence of new sub-lineages continues to destabilize progress towards PRRS control, said Kim VanderWaal, PhD,...
Jan 30, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on How to manage herd closure for PRRS eliminationHerd closures to eliminate porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) are on the increase due in part to the virulent variant identified as PRRS 1-4-4 L1C.
Jan 30, 2022Susan 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...
Jan 20, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Start with the gilt-development unit for Mhp eliminationUS pig producers have made a big push to eliminate Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (Mhp) from their herds as a way to capture more value in finishing pigs.
Jan 14, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Deen: We’re underestimating the cost of sow mortalityWhen a sow doesn’t reach her full potential, the cost to the farm and the income stream of the sow herd is often “grossly underestimated,” said John Deen, DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota.
Jan 06, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Little-known sapovirus causes diarrhea in baby pigsA couple of puzzling cases of diarrhea in baby pigs that didn’t test positive for the usual culprits were recently identified through genome sequencing as a porcine sapovirus.
Dec 21, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Johnson: Make your farm a biosecurity fortressFrom the person doing the power washing to the owner of the farm business, everyone involved in a pork-production system plays a vital role in keeping the operation safe and secure.
Dec 21, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on M. hyo elimination or control: ‘We have the tools to succeed’Hog farmers and veterinarians no longer have to accept the poorer performance that results from M. hyo infection. Whether the decision is to control or eliminate M. hyo, there are numerous tools...
Dec 17, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Understanding which farm factors drive Influenza infectionUS producers and veterinarians have seen an influx of different types of influenza viruses in the last 10 to 15 years, and that is a major reason why influenza is more difficult to control.
Dec 17, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Well-developed gilts create foundational successFor replacement gilts to be successful, the farm needs a well-established, well-managed and continually maintained plan, said Joel Sparks, DVM, with AMVC in Audubon, Iowa.
Dec 17, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Common mistakes to avoid during PRRS eliminationEliminating porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus from a breeding herd is not a simple task, and no herd acts exactly like the next, according to Brad Leuwerke, DVM, with Swine...
Dec 10, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Filtration audits help prepare for PRRS seasonRegular biosecurity checks with a close look at filtration and ventilation systems will help prevent the spread of airborne pathogens like porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome.
Dec 10, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Forecasting swine disease outbreaksResearchers at the University of Minnesota have been working on a predictive model to forecast when a disease outbreak may occur on a farm.
Dec 10, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on 8 ways to boost immunity in livestockVictor Cortese, DVM, PhD, drew on his decades of field experience and expertise in immunology to offer tips for optimizing immunity in swine herds in the face of IAV-S.
Dec 09, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on New group prepares for possible ASF outbreakThe new Swine Health Improvement Program developed by pork producers, state veterinarians and USDA is designed to help the pork industry maintain exports in the face of a foreign animal disease...
Dec 06, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Study sheds light on antimicrobial use in US wean-to-market pigsThe findings of a recent study show it’s feasible to obtain data on antimicrobial use while keeping information confidential.
Dec 03, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Next-generation sequencing provides valuable insights on endemic disease agentsCutting-edge molecular technologies offer novel insights into the molecular epidemiology of systemic bacterial agents.
Dec 03, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Five ways to get weaned pigs off to a good startGetting pigs off to a good start is both an art and science, and even under the best of circumstances it can be challenging. It’s even more difficult this year due to COVID-19.
Dec 03, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Managing Strep suis in commercial pig productionMost, if not all, pigs harbor some strains of Strep suis. Lately, challenges by the bacteria appear to be on the rise, but that could be interpreted as a positive.
Dec 03, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on When should PRRS whole-genome sequencing be used?For PRRS, there are benefits to whole-genome sequencing, especially when Orf 5 sequencing doesn’t fully answer important diagnostic questions.
Nov 30, 2021Susan 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
Nov 26, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Weighing the sustainability benefits of immunological castration in EuropeImmunological castration has the potential to make swine production more sustainable — but sometimes the goals of sustainability conflict. What tools can help producers find the right balance?
Nov 19, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Research confirms co-circulation of multiple influenza strainsInfluenza A virus in swine (IAV-S) is increasingly challenging for US producers, primarily because the epidemiology of IAV-S involves a highly diverse pool of viruses.
Nov 11, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Late-weaned, parity-1 sows benefit from skipped cycleGilts entering a farrowing room face some big demands for animals still maturing while supporting their first litters. Skipping a breeding cycle can let these sows put on weight and become more...
Nov 05, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on First-hand ASF experience offers lessons for US industryPlan for the worst; hope for the best. That’s good advice for many situations but particularly accurate when it comes to African swine fever (ASF).
Nov 05, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Real-world confirmation of virus survival in feed ingredientsIt’s well known today that several swine viruses can survive in feed ingredients under laboratory research conditions. But how does that translate to the real world?
Nov 05, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Advances in sampling offer greater success in enteric disease controlProducers and veterinarians should “begin with the end in mind” when it comes to diagnosing disease and planning control strategies, according to Eric Burrough, DVM, PhD, associate professor and...
Oct 27, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Biosecurity needs regular maintenance to keep out diseaseA hog operation’s biosecurity plan needs regular attention to prevent lapses that can lead to a devastating outbreak. How do you make biosecurity a priority and reduce disease outbreaks?
Oct 20, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Reduce sow mortality with documentation and interventionThe cause of high sow-mortality rates may be tough to determine, but producers can take steps to address the problems and lower rates, according to Randy Jones, DVM, Four Star Veterinary Service.
Oct 19, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Connor: Cautious optimism in future management of ASFAfrican swine fever (ASF) has continued its steady, insidious spread in other parts of the world, but the fact that the US has remained free of the virus to-date has given veterinarians a window of...
Oct 14, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on People play a key role in influenza controlFarm staff should be mindful of the role they play in controlling influenza. A University of Minnesota study showed that more than a quarter of farm staff tested influenza-positive at work during...
Oct 13, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Not making biosecurity improvements can cost more than making themBiosecurity ranks high on the list of concerns for swine veterinarians who want hog units tightened up to reduce disease. But the cost of new improvements can be overwhelming.
Oct 12, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Virus persistence challenges PRRS management strategiesEliminating porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) from pigs might not yet be possible, but monitoring tools could help refine a herd's PRRSV stability.
Oct 08, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Evaluating risk factors for umbilical defectsOn the farm, swine caregivers tend to lump umbilical hernias and umbilical abscesses under the single category of umbilical defects. What are the risk factors for these defects?
Oct 01, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on 3 steps to prepare your herd for influenza seasonPigs can contract influenza anytime during the year but more influenza circulates in the fall and winter months. That’s why producers should prepare ahead of the traditional flu season.
Sep 30, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Johnson: Batch farrowing shows benefitsDisease challenges eat into time and profits, and are all too common on US pig farms. That is one reason some producers are switching to batch farrowing as a way to break the disease cycle.
Sep 29, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Better manage your sow herd with uniform body-condition techniqueFeed budgets are based on sow condition and if the herd isn’t uniform, it can lead to higher feed costs.
Sep 22, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Virulent PRRS outbreaks in grow-finish require fast action to cut lossesA particularly difficult variant of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus recently hit hog farms in south-central Minnesota.
Sep 20, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Research continues to dig for POP answersSearching for strategies to alter the course of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in sows has been a long, slow climb with progress coming little by little. At the heart of the effort is the Sow...
Sep 20, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Rethinking colostrum management and piglet survivabilityColostrum is vital to piglet survival but managing intake may benefit from some fresh thinking, according to Kara Stewart, associate professor of animal science at Purdue University.
Sep 16, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Molecular diagnostic tools help distinguish wild-type and vaccine strains of PRRSVChallenges associated with controlling porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) have resulted in the increased use of molecular diagnostic tests and sequencing.
Sep 15, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on How to tackle mortality-causing lameness in finishing hogsLameness is now the leading cause of mortality in mid- to late-finishing pigs. How did lameness develop into such a big problem?
Sep 11, 2021Susan 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...
Sep 10, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sow mortality records need an overhaulThe upward trendline of sow mortality needs to be addressed. But until farms have a clearer understanding of why a gilt or sow leaves the breeding herd, progress will be limited.
Sep 08, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Revised herd classifications expand the PRRS road mapThe system used to classify breeding herds according to their PRRSV status has long helped swine veterinarians around the world to track the pathogen’s progress.
Sep 07, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Techniques to curtail rising sow-lameness problemsSow-lameness issues are on the rise, especially for sows in group housing, according to Michael Pierdon, VMD, Four Star Veterinary Service.
Sep 04, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Measuring the direct and indirect costs of sow mortalityWhen breeding animals die, are culled prematurely, or need to be humanely euthanized, there are direct costs involved with the outcome, but the indirect costs are less obvious.
Sep 01, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Strep suis continuously challenges US herdsIt’s not unrealistic to say that if you checked the nasal cavities or tonsils of any group of pigs, you would find Strep suis. It is on virtually every hog farm.
Aug 31, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on African swine fever, PRRS among hot topics at 2021 Leman ConferenceOrganizers are excited to hold the 2021 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in-person as well as virtually, on Sept. 18-21 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Aug 25, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Gilt selection: Too often overlooked in the sow mortality equationOne way to advance sow productivity and longevity is to select the right replacement-gilt candidates and prepare them properly for the job ahead.
Aug 24, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on How to minimize summer’s impact on sow fertilitySow reproductive performance drops off in the summer, and this year will be no different. To minimize seasonal infertility issues, Paul Yeske, DVM, Swine Vet Center, recommends producers take steps...
Aug 21, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Parasites persist in hog production, especially in niche marketsEnvironmentally controlled hog facilities eliminated most swine parasites. But Ascaris suum (roundworm) continues to persevere on some conventional farms and frequently on farms for niche markets....
Aug 19, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Early identification critical in preventing sow lamenessSow lameness continues to trouble hog operations in the US, causing high numbers of involuntary removals from herds.
Aug 15, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Novel machine-learning tool can predict PRRSV outbreaks and biosecurity effectivenessIn spite of advanced biosecurity protocols, the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) continues to plague global pork producers with unpredictable, seasonal outbreaks.
Aug 10, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Caregivers play a leading role in individual sow care and longevityCaregiver management and training are top priorities on swine farms as productivity hinges on the outcome. Yet few things are more challenging.
Aug 09, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Water: An often-overlooked factor in pig healthWater doesn’t get the attention it deserves because it is abundant, easy to access and inexpensive, but that will change in the future, said John Patience, PhD, professor at Iowa State University.
Aug 05, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Swine experts discuss sow-care challenges, solutions and future needsThe sow herd is the engine that drives a hog farm’s downstream productivity. But since the 1990s, sow mortality has been on the rise across the country.
Aug 05, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sow mortality trends: Experts dissect the current state of affairsKeeping sow mortality rates in check is critical to a farm’s productivity and cost structure. Yet in recent years, the US pork industry has seen sow mortality rise.
Aug 04, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tools for managing pigs without antibioticsRaising pigs without antibiotics requires extra management and different tools compared to traditional commercial hog production.
Aug 03, 2021Susan 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 01, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Controlled exposure to M. hyo is valuable tool for eliminating the pathogenBy Amy Maschhoff, DVM, The Maschhoffs, LLC
Jul 31, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Internal biosecurity essential to endemic disease control on pig farmsEstablishing effective internal biosecurity protocols is critical to breaking the circular spread of influenza and other pathogens between sow farms and growing sites, according to Montserrat...
Jul 22, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Johnson: Five steps for porcine circovirus controlSome breed-to-wean farms that have been vaccinated for porcine circovirus (PCV) have experienced breakdowns in their control of the virus. Clayton Johnson, DVM, outlines his top five steps for...
Jul 18, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Don’t forget the sow in post-farrowing management plansThe first several hours post-farrowing is a critical time not just for newborn piglets but also for the sow.
Jul 02, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Testing feed-storage time and temperature to reduce virus survival riskSwine viruses have been shown to hitch a ride in feed and feed ingredients, thereby increasing the infection risk. To address this, the swine industry has applied a range of mitigation techniques.
Jul 01, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Managing Mycoplasma’s persistence in finishingA dry cough heard in a finishing unit usually indicates M. hyo is causing respiratory distress and reducing growth in pigs almost ready for market.
Jun 25, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sundberg: Ramping up African swine fever preparedness and preventionUS producers have seen the devastating impact of African swine fever (ASF) in other countries. The ultimate goal is to keep it out of this country, so industry groups are ramping up preparedness and...
Jun 16, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on When swine medicine crossed over to human medicineThe tools used countless times to eradicate disease in sow herds and on hog farms became the tools to help pork packing plants reopen last spring after shutting down due to COVID-19.
Jun 02, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Combat seasonal infertility with strong husbandrySeasonal infertility continues to be a widespread problem for sow herds across the US. And if you don’t have a problem with seasonal infertility, it may mean you are not recognizing it.
Jun 01, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Connor: Innovation driven by necessity and opportunityThe pork industry has had a tremendous number of innovations over the years, said Joe Connor, DVM. Connor, who serves as a consultant within Carthage Veterinary Services, is a pioneer in pig...
May 22, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on More accurate gilt testing needed to detect Mycoplasma hyopneumoniaeSow herds seeking negative M. hyo status should use accurate gilt surveillance methods.
May 15, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Highlights of flu-management strategies meeting now availableA special report from Pig Health Today, “Integrated Flu Management: New Strategies for Control,” reports on key presentations by experts in influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S) and features...
May 15, 2021Susan 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
Apr 30, 2021VMC@pighealthtoday.comComments Off on Rapid scours diagnosis key to limiting piglet mortalityPrevention, early identification and immediate initiation of supportive care and treatment of neonatal scours are critical, says Deb Murray, DVM, veterinary services manager for New Fashion Pork.
Apr 09, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Gut microorganisms linked to PRRS vaccination successScientists have found that tiny microorganisms in the gut may help improve outcomes for pigs vaccinated against PRRSV in the face of viral respiratory challenge, suggesting a role for the microbiome...
Mar 25, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on One year later: How the US pork industry dealt with the COVID-19 crisisThe pork industry entered one of its darkest periods in spring 2020 when COVID-19 forced the shutdown of several plants. Paul Yeske, DVM, helped hog producers in his area work through the closures.
Mar 25, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on New PRRS 1-4-4 L1C variant presents dramatic symptoms, quick spreadA new variant of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus 1-4-4 L1C strain is challenging veterinarians, diagnosticians and swine herds in the upper Midwest.
Mar 05, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Highly infectious PRRS variant causes high mortalities on sow farmsA variant of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus is taking a heavy toll on hog farms in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.
Feb 28, 2021Susan 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
Zoetis joins The Sustainability Consortium to lead efforts in sustainable pork together with US pork producers and supply chain leaders
Feb 24, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Zoetis joins The Sustainability Consortium to lead efforts in sustainable pork together with US pork producers and supply chain leadersThe Sustainability Consortium (TSC) announced today that Zoetis, the leading animal health company, has joined TSC to focus on increasing supply chain transparency and sustainability with U.S. pork...
Feb 10, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Individual sow care offers benefits throughout the farmPig health and performance begin with the sow, which is why it’s critical for caregivers and production managers to evaluate each sow’s health, body condition, comfort, behavior and well-being...
Imported feed ingredients: Supplier’s sourcing, biosecurity, shipping vital to product integrity, safety
Feb 04, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Imported feed ingredients: Supplier’s sourcing, biosecurity, shipping vital to product integrity, safetyKevin Eggers, DVM, technical services veterinarian at Zoetis, talked with editors of Pig Health Today about African swine fever (ASF) and the possible risks of importing the virus through feed...
Jan 31, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Swine disease-outbreak investigations identify hazards and on-farm risk eventsBiosecurity has become the all-inclusive protector of swine herd health. But even with all the biosecurity research, protocols and training, disease outbreaks occur regularly. Why is that?
Dec 16, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Deen: Batch farrowing requires ‘different mindset’It appears batch farrowing is making a comeback, according to John Deen, DVM, PhD, distinguished global professor at the University of Minnesota.
Dec 09, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Ventilation systems need winter check-up to keep pigs healthyVentilation systems in hog buildings need regular check-ups to prevent environmental issues that can compromise pig health.
Nov 30, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Iowa scientists focused on diagnosing, managing Streptococcus suis in pigsMulti-disciplinary collaboration by academia, industry partners and the veterinary community is improving the diagnostics for and management of S. suis.
Nov 24, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Iowa scientist sees ‘a lot of genetic diversity’ in swine influenza virusesAccording to research, swine influenza A viruses have become more complicated in recent years. There is a great deal of diversity within the influenza virus.
Nov 20, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on From veterinarian to forensic detective: Solving a mysterious swine diseaseIn fall 2019, a client called Four Star Veterinary Service clinic in Mexico, IN, and reported the loss of a lot of sows. Daniel Gascho, DVM, had several ideas of what could cause the sow mortalities....
Nov 17, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on How to reduce wean-to-finish mortality: Part 2 — Implement your plansIn Part 2 of this two-part series, Ryan Strobel, DVM, and Chris Sievers, DVM, with the Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota, share implementation strategies to lower wean-to-finish mortality rates.
Nov 11, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on How to reduce wean-to-finish mortality: Part 1 — Plan your strategiesHigh wean-to-finish mortality continues to trouble the pork industry. While lowering rates is possible, it’s not easy.
Nov 05, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Inadequate iron supplements lead to subclinical anemia in young pigsA field trial evaluating iron supplementation for baby pigs found the typical 200 mg iron shot at birth is not enough.
Nov 02, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Client stress key factor in swine health programsWhile their schooling focused on pigs, veterinarians on the job spend a lot of time working with clients and members of their staff.
Oct 30, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Three ways to assess your herd’s ‘positive welfare state’The “Five Freedoms” have been the foundation for establishing sound animal welfare practices since they were developed in 1965. Now, more than 50 years later, researchers have additional tools...
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, vaccinationBy Ryan Strobel, DVM, Swine Vet Center
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.
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 Eisenmenger: 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 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 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 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 05, 2020Susan 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.
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 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 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...
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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...
Dec 12, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Communication key to consumer acceptance of modern pig productionThe pig industry needs to be more open about intensive production systems if consumers are to be more accepting of modern pig production, a new study confirms.
Dec 03, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Brenneman: ‘Have conversations about what’s going on at the farm’The pork industry needs to do a better job telling its story — particularly about how it is improving, evolving and serving the best interests of consumers, producer Erin Brenneman told Pig Health...
Nov 19, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarians in best position to be ‘ambassadors’ for antimicrobials in pork productionVeterinarians can leverage their credibility to help consumers understand the complexity of the decision-making process for antimicrobials used in pork production.
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 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 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 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 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...
The eve of disruption: How changes in retail and consumer trends might affect pork consumption—and production
Mar 15, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on The eve of disruption: How changes in retail and consumer trends might affect pork consumption—and productionIn this special report, Pig Health Today looks at disruptions in the consumer and retail landscapes and how they could forever change the US pork industry and the way pigs are raised.
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...