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November 20, 2020

From veterinarian to forensic detective: Solving a mysterious swine disease

In fall 2019, a client called into Four Star Veterinary Service clinic in Mexico, Indiana, and reported the loss of ...
November 2, 2020

Client stress key factor in swine health programs

While their schooling focused on pigs, veterinarians on the job spend a lot of time working with clients and members ...
October 30, 2020

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 by Britain’s Farm ...
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 ...
October 11, 2020

Decontamination protocols fail to disinfect incoming hog supplies

Biosecurity protocols are critical to keeping the US hog herd healthy, and one of the regular tasks is to disinfect ...
September 20, 2020

Pork industry makes progress on pain management

Pain management for pigs has always been a challenge, partly because it’s difficult to measure levels of pain and partly ...
August 11, 2020

New approaches to influenza control look promising

Influenza-A virus of swine (IAV-S) is a thorn in the side of US pork producers, and it’s a difficult thorn ...
August 3, 2020

‘Controlled colonization’ builds immune response to bacterial pathogens

Bacterial pathogens like Streptococcus suis and Haemophilus parasuis continue to cause major issues for growing and adult pigs. Good solutions ...
August 1, 2020

Addressing ‘unknown factors’ in sow mortality

  Sow mortality has been on the rise in the US pork industry, reaching upwards of 15% in many sow-production systems, ...
July 9, 2020

Tools for managing pigs without antibiotics

Raising pigs without antibiotics requires extra management and different tools compared to traditional commercial hog production, reports Laura Carroll, DVM, ...
May 20, 2020

Inadequate iron supplements cause subclinical anemia in weaned pigs

The standard 200 mg iron shot for baby pigs at processing may not be enough iron to last until weaning. ...
March 16, 2020

Grow-finish mortalities require fast action followed by prevention plan

Nothing grabs the attention of a grow-finish unit and its veterinarian faster than an uptick in mortalities. “Grow-finish mortality is one ...
February 20, 2020

Ellis: No magic bullet to reduce pre-wean mortality

Pre-wean mortality has increased over the last 15 years, and it’s a major concern for US pork producers and veterinarians. ...
February 12, 2020

Deen: Apply old lessons to new technologies

Classical education emphasizes the need for industries to adopt new technologies to keep up with external demands and constantly changing ...
February 5, 2020

Connor: Disease elimination can lower the cost of production

Watch the full interview or each part separately Full interview: Disease elimination can lower the cost of production Part 1: PED, deltacoronavirus, ...
February 3, 2020

Lowering pre-wean mortality starts at day 1

Pre-wean mortality continues to be a challenge to producers across the industry as genetic improvements allow sows to be more ...
December 23, 2019

Comprehensive, data-driven approach to lower wean-finish mortality

Identifying the source of wean-to-finish mortality can be a challenge, since factors affecting that stage of production may have originated ...
November 25, 2019

Fogging helps establish Day 0 for M. hyo elimination

Maintaining a healthy herd takes time, energy and constant emphasis on biosecurity, Amy Maschhoff, DVM, told Pig Health Today. She ...
November 3, 2019

Sow pads show promise for reducing shoulder sores, related infections

Everyone needs a good bed — and apparently sows are no exception. During farrowing and lactation, sows can easily develop shoulder sores, ...
September 26, 2019

Feed, water, air and comfort: Keys to prevent tail biting

Tail biting in pigs remains something of a mystery. What triggers a pig or pigs to bite tails? Why do ...
August 30, 2019

Carthage swine veterinarian: Focus on individual pig care can benefit entire production system

Taking care of every single pig seems like a daunting task when producers have hundreds or thousands of pigs under ...
August 29, 2019

Pipestone nutritionist highlights advancements to improve pig health

Producers know that if a pig has good gut health in the nursery, it’s more likely to get off to ...
August 26, 2019

Phase I of pelvic organ prolapse study offers new insights

A pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a dramatic, easy-to-identify event within the farrowing room. The difficult part is figuring out ...
August 14, 2019

Smithfield veterinarian aims to connect dots on animal welfare

Animal welfare can mean different things to different people. For Mary Battrell, DVM, a swine veterinarian for Smithfield Foods, animal ...
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 ...
May 13, 2019

Picking your battles is key to biosecurity success

Biosecurity is one of those on-farm topics that gets a lot of time and attention, but it can easily fall ...
May 2, 2019

Reducing stress can aid pig health, performance

Pigs can get stressed, just like people, and the impact can be just as serious. Stress is caused by any ...
April 8, 2019

Multiple infections? It’s important to get to the root cause

Disease management can be challenging. You go through the barns and see pigs coughing, or maybe you see lethargic pigs ...
March 27, 2019

Action plan, training keys to humane euthanasia of pigs

A critical part of humane animal care on pig farms is responsible and timely euthanasia. However, identifying individuals for the ...
March 25, 2019

Inflammation, stress put pressure on sow longevity

Sow longevity is no longer a given in US swine herds. In recent years, producers have focused on pigs per ...
February 27, 2019

Why sows leave the herd: Biological priorities and productivity

When it comes to sow productivity, culling and mortality issues, “the simple answer is there’s no simple answer,” John Deen, ...
January 30, 2019

Managing pain, Strep suis infection in baby pigs critical for welfare

The US pork industry has demonstrated high standards for animal welfare, but there is still much to learn about mitigating ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
November 28, 2018

Scientist ‘pops the hood’ on US pork industry’s newest vaccine for PCV2

What is “cell-mediated immunity” and how does it affect vaccine performance? Are two PCV2 genotypes necessarily better than one? And ...
November 26, 2018

Good nutrition, management can’t replace antibiotics, but they can help reduce the need

Producers looking to raise pigs with little or no antibiotics should consider nutritional strategies that help pigs build more immunity, ...
November 5, 2018

See it, do it, teach it: Veterinarian offers tips for caregiver training

When you give someone something to read, the expressed competency level is about 10%. When you talk to them on the ...
October 11, 2018

Strep suis resurfacing to challenge high-health herds

What’s old is new again — or at least that’s what some high-health herds are finding with Streptococcus suis (Strep suis). ...
July 12, 2018

2018 Leman Conference features ‘science-based solutions’ for pork production

Nearly a thousand swine veterinarians, producers and industry leaders from the US and 20 other countries are expected to attend ...
May 25, 2018

‘False alarms’ by Seneca Valley virus trigger costly FMD investigations

A growing number of Seneca Valley virus (SVV) outbreaks wastes the time and money of people who investigate suspected foreign ...
April 9, 2018

‘Coopetition’ healthy for pork industry

Teaming up to share ideas and troubleshoot swine-health issues can be good for pork producers and the industry, said Joel ...
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 ...
December 7, 2017

Pig care: If there’s something off, don’t try to ‘look him well’

Watching pigs may not be glamorous or stimulating, but it’s a responsibility that Bob Blomme, DVM, takes very seriously. “We can ...
November 26, 2017

Yeske: Provide better pig care — one animal at a time

Taking time to walk the pens, make eye contact with each pig and pull the sick ones for individual care ...
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