- Needles & Sins: Sloppy vaccination protocols can jeopardize herd health, welfare, returns - Nick Zanger learned a few tough lessons about vaccine protocols shortly after he started managing three 2,500-head nursery-to-finishing buildings near Loraine, Illinois.
- Future vaccines rely on other pathways for delivery - What developing technologies and products will make vaccine administration and compliance easier in the future?
- Pig vaccination 101 - Employees can make a big difference in herd health by properly administering vaccines. But employees don’t always know the correct protocols and why vaccinations are so important.
- Early weaning permanently compromises gut immune response - Researchers at Michigan State University investigated how early weaning ages affect development of a piglet’s gut and its ability to launch an immune response against pathogens.
- Large-scale trials make case for longer sow lactations - The Pipestone System in Minnesota recently conducted at their research facilities two large-scale trials to study the effects of lactation length on sows and growing-pig performance.
- Colostrum intake at birth sets up pig for life - How much colostrum a piglet consumes on day 1 impacts the pig’s performance for the rest of its life, according to a North Carolina State University study.
- Close to the finish: How grower pigs spread PRRS to sow farms - It’s time to consider the role finishing pigs play in the spread of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) to sow farms, according to Montserrat Torremorell, DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota.
The Real World
- What’s in season? How swine veterinarians are managing seasonal spikes in bacterial disease in the new VFD era - Seasonal changes traditionally bring fickle weather, dramatic swings in day-night temperatures and, of course, flare-ups of respiratory and enteric disease in swine herds. But how does the VFD era affect treating these diseases?
- The eve of disruption: How changes in retail and consumer trends might affect pork consumption—and production - In 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.
- Product claims = more sales - Production claims on meat and poultry product labels are generating more sales volume and more dollars, according to a Nielsen survey.
- Protein by any other name - Meat and poultry have dominated the American diet over the years. But the movement toward protein alternatives, particularly plant-based products, is growing.
- Make way for meal kits - A Nielsen survey reports that 25% of US shoppers purchased meal kits in 2016.
- The Amazon factor - Now that Amazon owns Whole Foods Market, not only will e-commerce grocery shopping proliferate, but the food complex as a whole will change.
- E-commerce is changing behaviors - E-commerce is a significant part of consumers’ shopping behaviors today, and with 83% of Americans carrying smartphones, it will only grow.
- What makes a millennial? - As the largest generational class in the US today, the millennials are in the driver’s seat in terms of dictating products, services, trends and outcomes. It is worth noting that a consistent age range to define millennials is hard to find. But, generally, people born between 1981 and 2004 encompass the generation.
The Last Word
- The last word: Our focus is pig health - Welcome to Pig Health Today, a new magazine we’re sponsoring to keep US producers, veterinarians, nutritionists and other decision makers on top of the latest developments in disease management and pig care.