Category Archive: Breeding Herd, FSVS, Growing Pigs, Interviews, News, PGT GLOBAL, PGT US, Podcasts, SVC, Videos
Mar 04, 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.
What’s in a name? Understanding how flu viruses are identified can help fine-tune swine vaccine strategies
Feb 26, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on What’s in a name? Understanding how flu viruses are identified can help fine-tune swine vaccine strategiesBy Micah Jansen, DVM, Veterinary Manager, US Pork, Zoetis
Feb 19, 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.
Feb 10, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Scientific foundation explains efficacy of Excede® for Swine against SRD pathogensDISCOVERIES, Issue 22: A robust body of research explains the efficacy of Excede® for Swine (ceftiofur crystalline free acid) against four of the bacterial pathogens associated with swine...
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 as...
Pigs with APP have less mortality, fewer lung lesions after treatment with Excede® for Swine compared to enrofloxacin
Feb 08, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pigs with APP have less mortality, fewer lung lesions after treatment with Excede® for Swine compared to enrofloxacinDISCOVERIES, Issue 20: Pigs with swine respiratory disease due to Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae were treated with Excede® for Swine (ceftiofur crystallinefree acid) or enrofloxacin in a...
Feb 02, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Herd-status classification is first step to Mycoplasma controlBy Lucina Galina Pantoja, DVM, PhD, Director, US Pork Technical Services, Zoetis
Jan 29, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Negotiating extra label drug use rulesTOOLBOX, Issue 21: Rick Swalla, DVM, recently talked with editors of Pig Health Today about regulations concerning extra label drug use.
Jan 28, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Mix it up: Resuspension times for injectable antibiotics can vary widelyDISCOVERIES, Issue 24: An analysis of three similar injectable antibiotics used for swine respiratory disease pathogens demonstrates that resuspension times can differ substantially.
Jan 25, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Torremorell: Proven benefits of influenza vaccinationUS 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.
Jan 20, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Water: Essential nutrient often overlooked in pigsWater 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.
Dec 27, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Ct values predict PRRS nursery mortality, can guide vaccination decisionsDISCOVERIES, Issue 18: Obtaining cycle threshold (Ct) values based on processing fluids provides a practical way to identify neonatal pigs at risk for nursery mortality associated with PRRS and can...
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.
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 30, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on High prevalence of PCV2 recombinants highlights importance of broad vaccine coverageDISCOVERIES, Issue 21: A recent analysis of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) genetic sequences shows that up to 25% of field strains are recombinants of diverse genotypes, highlighting the importance...
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.
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 28, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Fostera® PRRS protects against diverse PRRS virus field strainsDISCOVERIES, Issue 19: PRRS has been described as one of the most important swine diseases of the last half-century. An estimated 20% to 25% of herds are still aﬀected, and the syndrome remains the...
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 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?
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 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 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.
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 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 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...
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 18, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Antimicrobial resistance causing few clinical problems in swineClinical problems in swine due to antimicrobial-resistant infections are rare. In fact, patterns of resistance in swine have been stable for a long time.
Jun 03, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Comparing diagnostic sampling prospects from M. hyo-positive-source boar studsMany sow farms have undergone M. hyo elimination within their breeding herd, which makes it critical to understand the potential transmission risk from boar studs.
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 16, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Processing fluids provide an option to monitor PCV2 and PCVADEffective PCV2 control relies on vaccination of healthy pigs before they become infected. This goal cannot be accomplished in unstable herds whose sows give birth to viremic pigs.
May 13, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Comparing PCV2 gilt vaccination protocols and progeny statusPorcine circovirus type 2 is the principal etiological agent of porcine circovirus associated disease (PCVAD), which can cost producers an estimated $3 to $4 per pig.
May 10, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Automatic foggers fall short in disinfecting hog-farm suppliesPreventing fomites from carrying pathogens into hog farms is a daily biosecurity priority, but how effective are typical disinfection protocols?
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...
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 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 How stress hammers a pig’s intestinal systemExperts say some forms of sustained stress can weaken a pig’s immune system and make it more vulnerable to disease and performance losses.
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.
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 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 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,...
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.
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 06, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Larger litters, more competition for colostrum make pigs more susceptible to clostridial enteritisBy Daniel A. Nelson, PhD, Senior nutritionist, pork technical services, Zoetis
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...
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.