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Swine

  • Tracking Antimicrobial Resistance: Down on the farm

    In the summer of 2016, Pipestone set forth the challenge to be global leaders in antimicrobial stewardship. As swine veterinarians, we feel a responsibility to lead the industry with science-driven decisions on how to manage the use of antimicrobials, track resistance, and make proactive changes to practices if increased resistance...
  • Data Driven Decisions

    “Without data, you are just another person with an opinion” -Edwards Deming I think in numbers, as most people in the sciences do.  As such, I believe very strongly in the value of data to make decisions.  Being able to base business decisions off solid numbers gives confidence to the...
  • Erysipelas Alert

    Confirmed Erysipelas cases have been on the recent rise.  Protect your herd before temperatures increase.  If not vaccinating against, contact Pipestone Vet Services for the best treatment option for your farm. Ingelvac Erysipelas - Frozen Vaccine - At least 128 days duration of immunity - Single dose administration - Convenient...
  • AASV Recognizes 2018 Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year

    News Release from AASV March 5, 2018 -- The American Association of Swine Veterinarian’s Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr Adam Schelkopf during the 49th Annual Meeting of the AASV in San Diego, CA.  It is given annually to an AASV member five or less...
  • Helping Farmers Today Create the Farms of Tomorrow

    Providing independent producers the opportunity to compete in a fast-changing swine industry has been the driving force behind the Pipestone System for more than 25 years. Technologies, genetics and management practices in pork production may have evolved quickly over nearly three decades, but independent producers who are shareholders in the...
  • Maintaining a Good Balance the Key to Success

    Maintaining a good balance between operating independently and working with the right partners, organizations and service providers has been key to the success in raising pigs and row crops for Jeremy Atwood of Fairfield, Iowa. Jeremy grew up on his family farm near Fairfield and returned after graduating from Iowa...
  • Influenza A Virus in Swine

    Influenza A virus in swine (IAV) is one of the most common causes of respiratory disease in pigs of all ages.  Prior to 1998, influenza (virus) in swine was primarily caused by one serotype, H1N1.  Since that time there have been numerous changes to the virus leading to multiple serotypes...
  • Investment in Prevention Medicine Pays Off for Pigs and Producers

    “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure …” The same advice that Benjamin Franklin gave to city leaders in Philadelphia about preventing fires in 1735 can be applied to raising livestock today. Keeping animals healthy and preventing diseases benefits the animal’s well being, boosts performance and ultimately...
  • PART: Gathering Research and Broadening the Conversation

      The development of bacteria resistant to antibiotics is a critical issue for human health, with 23,000 people dying each year from an AMR (antimicrobial resistance) infection.  A new program developed by Pipestone is focused gathering critical data about antibiotic resistance and responsible antibiotic use, as well as engaging pig...
  • Strep Control

      Streptococcus suis (commonly known as strep) is a very common bacterial agent present in all pigs. S. suis gets into the pigs’ bloodstream and then affects pigs throughout their entire body. Classic clinical signs of S. suis include fever, meningitis (walking without coordination and paddling while lying on its...

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