Category Archive: Breeding Herd, Interviews, PGT GLOBAL, PGT US, Podcasts, Videos
Jan 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Connor: No clear winner in pen- versus crate-gestation debateSow housing during gestation continues to draw debate as some hog operations make a switch from crates to pens for gestation. The results are mixed.
Jan 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Nerem: Shift focus to responsible antibiotic use, not arbitrary reductionsSome retailers and foodservice companies are asking for animals that have never received antibiotics (“no antibiotics ever” or NAE), but that request fails to recognize that animals — like...
Jan 14, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Yeske: Multiple factors contributing to rising sow-mortality ratesThe spike in sow-mortality rates in recent years has everyone in the US pork industry searching for answers. Don’t expect any simple solutions, however.
Jan 10, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarian says both pigs, caregivers suffered in antibiotic-free studyA study looking at how pigs challenged with PRRS performed in an antibiotic-free production setting needed to be stopped for welfare reasons so the pigs could be treated with antibiotics.
Jan 02, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Knock, knock: Swine veterinarian shares experiences from VFD auditWhen Peter Schneider, DVM, heard FDA auditors were at the door to see the operation’s VFDs, he remembers feeling a little nervous.
Dec 26, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on PED — live with it or eliminate it?The porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus that devastated the US swine industry several years ago continues to persist, causing fewer pig deaths but curtailing pig growth.
Dec 19, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tyson VP: ‘Antibiotic issue is far from black and white’Producer and consumer choice are equally important when it comes to producing quality pork products — and it’s important not to put limits on either of them, according to Kent Harrison, vice...
Dec 18, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarian: ‘Take PED seriously and get it cleaned up’After a few years of limited activity, PED remained quiet in southwest Minnesota until last spring, when four sow farms in southwest Minnesota broke with the disease.
Dec 14, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Parvovirus still poses threat to breeding herdFor as long as anyone can remember, pork producers have vaccinated gilts for parvovirus. Now that outbreaks are rare, is it necessary to vaccinate the entire breeding herd?
Dec 12, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Raising pigs without antibiotics? Plan to ‘sweat the small stuff’Follow this rule if you’re raising pigs without antibiotics: “Sweat the small stuff.” That’s the advice from Doug MacDougald, DVM, for any farm that wants to eliminate antibiotics without...