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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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Jul 08, 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...
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 Why it pays to conduct regular water-quality checkupsWater is as important for the growth and health of pigs as feed. As such, it makes sense to test a hog unit’s water just as frequently as the feed, according to Jim Kober, DVM, water...
Jun 23, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Swine vaccine management requires continuous attentionThe COVID-19 pandemic holds important lessons for swine health professionals not only about the nature of viruses, but also the importance of vaccines and the need to manage them carefully.
Jun 23, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Free farrowing: More answers needed to serve animals and producersDenmark’s hog farmers and veterinarians look to research to weigh trade-offs of free-farrowing design systems.
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.
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...
Mar 28, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Can’t we just let boars be boars?By Larry Rueff, DVM Swine Veterinary Services Greensburg, Indiana
Jan 30, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Managing pain, Strep suis infection in baby pigs critical for welfareThe US pork industry has demonstrated high standards for animal welfare, but there is still much to learn about mitigating pain — not only during processing, but also pain resulting from Strep...
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).
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...