fbpx
Sign up now!
Don't show this again

Thank you for confirming your subscription!

(And remember, if ever you want to change your email preferences or unsubscribe, just click on the links at the bottom of any email.)
Tap to download the app
X
Share
X

REPORTS

Collect articles and features into your own report to read later, print or share with others

Create a New Report

Favorites

Read Later

Create a new report

Report title (required) Brief description (optional)
CREATE
X
NEXT
PORK POULTRY
follow us


You must be logged in to edit your profile.

Favorites Read Later My Reports PHT Special Reports
Pig Health Today is equipped with some amazing (and free) tools for organizing and sharing content, as well as creating your own magazines and special reports. To access them, please register today.
Sponsored by Zoetis

Pig Health Today | Sponsored by Zoetis

.
Featured Video Play Icon

Understanding animal behavior helps ensure better piglet care

Watching 21-day old piglets that just left their mothers being placed in a nursery barn takes a special “sixth” sense to understand what they’re feeling.

“I just think I understand the perspective of the animal and can translate it into better care for them,” explains Matthew Turner, DVM, with Prestage Farms, in a video produced as part of the Vets on Call series.*

Noticing a few pigs don’t appear to be eating, he takes a handful of feed and scatters it on the floor.

“These young pigs are accustomed to hearing their mothers grunt to call them to eat, so we’ll walk them around the pen until they find the feed together using their natural behavior,” he says. “Pigs are very social animals and like to eat, sleep and play as a group.”

Videos of animal abuse are especially upsetting to Turner, who works hard to train employees in providing a safe, wholesome environment for the pigs in his care.

The three critical elements for life are air, water and feed, he says. “By providing these elements in a clean, warm environment, we’re already preventing many disease issues that may require antibiotics,” he explains.

Administering vaccinations at the correct time and in the correct manner is another way to reduce the use of antibiotics.

“When we do use antibiotics, we use them in a timely, targeted manner to stop the spread of disease,” Turner stresses.

Today, everything involved in pig production is monitored and recorded, including daily high and low temperatures in the barn, the type and date of vaccine use, and antibiotic treatments, he says on the video.

“I’m involved in feeding the state, the nation and the world, and I take that responsibility seriously,” he says.

 

Watch part 2″

 

Vets on Call is a video series presented by Zoetis to showcase the important roles veterinarians play in food-animal production.

 

 

 

* Dr. Turner has since joined JBS USA as head of pork live operations and is also serving on the board of directors at the Swine Health Information Center.

 

 

 

 




Posted on May 19, 2017

tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
RELATED NEWS
  • 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 VFD rule.   

  • Dee: Both pigs and caregivers suffered in antibiotic-free study

    A study looking at how PRRS-challenged pigs performed in antibiotic-free production systems needed to be stopped for welfare reasons so the pigs could be treated with antibiotics, according to Scott Dee, DVM, director of research, Pipestone Veterinary Services (PVS)....

  • Pork producers need to proactively communicate with consumers to change the dialogue

    Pork producers and swine veterinarians need to take a more active role in consumers’ food conversations for them to get an accurate picture of how pigs are raised, said Tamika Sims, PhD, director of food technology and communications for the International Food...

  • 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 available under veterinarian supervision for prevention and treatment of a specific disease, it’s best to address each case individually, said Levi...




You must be logged in to edit your profile.

Google Translate is provided on this website as a reference tool. However, Poultry Health Today and its sponsor and affiliates do not guarantee in any way the accuracy of the translated content and are not responsible for any event resulting from the use of the translation provided by Google. By choosing a language other than English from the Google Translate menu, the user agrees to withhold all liability and/or damage that may occur to the user by depending on or using the translation by Google.