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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • Animal Health and Biosecurity Drive Changes, Growth for Family Operation

    Adapting to a changing industry and adopting new business and management practices has allowed Harold Dekkers and his family to maintain and grow the Hawarden, Iowa, farm that has been in his family for decades. “I’ve lived in the same house my entire life, on the farm that my father...
  • A Team of Experts at Your Sow Farm

    “An advantage of the Pipestone System is that everyone — veterinarians, production staff, the research team, maintenance team, transportation team — all work for the same company,” said Dr. Barry Kerkaert, Vice President of Pipestone System.   “As a result, we have more internal accountability and the experts in each of...
  • Antibiotic resistance: Pipestone Investigates at the Farm Level

    By Ann Hess, editor at National Hog Farmer Ever since the Center for Disease Control released their 2013 report, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, stating that each year at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die, there has been a concerted effort...
  • Transition Diseases

    By: Larry Goelz, DVM We often use the incidence of transition diseases as an indicator of the overall health of the dairy.  Rates of fresh-cow mastitis, lameness, metritis, displaced abomasum, ketosis and milk fever are specifically good indicators of cow health and nutrition in the pre-freshening pen.  Quite simply, a...
  • These Farms Don't Want to be Average

    This year’s 11th annual Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) award winners prove that constant improvement is a must. One of our clients, KC Dairy was awarded the Silver Award. KC Dairy operates in Elkton, South Dakota with 1700 cows. KC Dairy was recognized for being in the top 20 farms...
  • Getting Calves Off to a Great Start

    By: Brett Kroeze, DVM Calving time can be the most fun and stressful time of the year. It is fun to see new life coming into the world and seeing what our breeding programs have produced. It can also be stressful as there are a lot of things that can...
  • MEASURE. MONITOR. MOVE: Three simple steps to pork production records

    MEASURE. MONITOR. MOVE.  Three simple steps to pork production records.  Well, maybe not always simple, but certainly valuable.  The 2018 USDA census puts the U.S. at 75 million pigs.  Pork production is a competitive business.  Long gone are the days of measuring success by the balance of the farm account...
  • Dr. Dee's Research Provides Undisputable Evidence for Responsible Use of Antibiotics

    On December 6, 2018, the first large-scale scientifically validated trial to better understand the importance of responsible antibiotic use in clinically sick pigs was published in PLOS ONE, the Public Library of Science. This journal is #1-2 in the world as it pertains to publication of medical science. On December 6...
  • Foreign Animal Disease: Preparing for the Worst

    Everyone who works with pigs is likely aware of the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) across Europe and Asia. This seemly unstoppable sweeping of disease is a concern for swine farmers worldwide. Even with a vast ocean separating North America, it only takes one failure in biosecurity for ASF...
  • When Swine Isn’t Fine: 3 Steps for Pork Producers to Reduce Foreign Animal Disease Risks

    Practice these safety protocols to prevent pathogen transmission to the United States As the world swine population continues to grow domestically and internationally, this opens doors to producers and veterinarians to visit production locations away from home. In some cases, this may involve going to a location with diseases that...

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