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Category : Antibiotic Management

October 14, 2020

Raising pigs without antibiotics offers niche market but with limitations

Markets for pork produced without antibiotics continue to grow. But this method of production is not for every farm, cautions ...
June 18, 2020

Antimicrobial resistance causing few clinical problems in swine

Watch the full interview or each part separately Antimicrobial resistance causing few clinical problems in swine Part 1: Good news for the ...
April 18, 2020

Minimal evidence of antibiotic resistance in swine

Watch the full interview or each part separately Minimal evidence of antibiotic resistance in swine Part 1:  Responsible antibiotic use Part 2:  Antibiotic ...
January 16, 2020

Veterinarian says VFD led to more strategic antibiotic use

The Food and Drug Administration’s revised rules for antibiotic use in hogs, including the veterinary feed directive (VFD), has led ...
June 17, 2019

Davies: Focus on optimizing antibiotic use, not volume

The US pork industry has a good track record for using antibiotics responsibly, but how should it be graded for ...
March 15, 2019

New technologies may yield new insights on antibiotic use, resistance

The pork industry has a reputation for using antibiotics responsibly, but when veterinarians and producers look at antimicrobial use and ...
February 27, 2019

‘One Health’ approach needed to balance antibiotic usage, animal welfare

When it comes to responsible antibiotic management, there are wide-ranging views and interpretations on usage, impact, future direction and even ...

FDA’s antibiotic guidance and VFDs continue a smooth transition

It’s fast approaching 2 years since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented its revised guidance for antibiotic use in ...
January 16, 2019

Nerem: Shift focus to responsible antibiotic use, not arbitrary reductions

Some retailers and foodservice companies are asking for animals that have never received antibiotics (“no antibiotics ever” or NAE), but ...
January 10, 2019

Veterinarian says both pigs, caregivers suffered in antibiotic-free study

A study looking at how pigs challenged with PRRS (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome) performed in an antibiotic-free production setting ...
December 19, 2018

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 ...
December 12, 2018

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, Southwest ...
December 5, 2018

Pork industry needs to balance animal well-being with antibiotic pressures

After 37 years of swine veterinary practice, John Baker, DVM, Boonville, Indiana, sees producers and veterinarians entering a new era ...
April 21, 2018

What have we learned about antibiotic-resistant genes in groundwater?

Swine manure is a valuable resource for cropland, but understanding its potential impact on groundwater is an ongoing priority. This ...
April 12, 2018

Iowa Select veterinarian taking a more targeted approach with antibiotics

Iowa Select Farms’ targeted approach to antibiotic use within its production system began well before the FDA’s expanded veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule.    “We ...
April 7, 2018

Antibiotic stewardship: What can the pork industry learn from human medicine?

With so much attention being placed on antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance, animal agriculture can sometimes feel as if it’s ...
March 26, 2018

How close are we to having a Strep suis vaccine for pigs?

Although antibiotics provide a treatment option for Streptococcus suis — a common, widespread bacterium in swine — long-term management hinges ...
March 19, 2018

More planning required for feed medications in new VFD era

Planning, paperwork and prevention are the priorities on hog farms in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) expanded ...
February 22, 2018

Antibiotic-free production: What lessons can pork learn from poultry?

A rapid increase in the use of vaccines for respiratory and enteric diseases in swine over the past year will ...
January 15, 2018

In-feed antibiotics best addressed on a case-by-case basis

Adjusting to changes in how and when to use in-feed antibiotics is an ongoing effort. While those products are still ...
December 28, 2017

Balancing good and bad bacteria key to effective gut health, nutrient absorption

Developing techniques and tools to encourage the growth of good bacteria in the gut is key to producing healthier pigs ...
September 12, 2017

‘Race to zero’ not the answer in antibiotics debate

[caption id="attachment_5765" align="alignright" width="37"] Watch the interview[/caption] Regulations around the use of antibiotics in feed should not encourage a race to ...
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August 31, 2017

So far, so good: Pork producers adjusting well to new VFD rules

Implementation of the new veterinary feed directive (VFD) in swine has gone smoothly in the field, according to Chris Rademacher, ...
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August 10, 2017

Pork industry teaming with NAHMS, FDA to score antibiotic use

[caption id="attachment_5765" align="alignright" width="37"] Watch the interview[/caption] From the public to government agencies to producers, everyone wants a clear assessment of ...
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May 30, 2017

New VFD rules affecting disease management for swine

[caption id="attachment_5765" align="alignright" width="37"] Watch the interview[/caption] The updated veterinary feed directive (VFD) rules that took effect in January 2017 haven’t ...
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