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  • 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...
  • Building Foundation for Future Generations

    Staying focused on their strengths, but being willing to change has been the foundation of the growth and evolution of the Dumoulin family’s farm for more than six decades. Bill and Pat Dumoulin began farming together in 1954 near Hampshire, Illinois, about 60 miles west of downtown Chicago.  Pat currently...
  • For the Love of Science.... and a Delicious Burger!

    Fact: Using antibiotics responsibly is an important part of the welfare of our animals, food safety, and sustainability. Science is an amazing tool that helps us to understand how AND WHY things work throughout the universe.  Science uses standardized methodologies, a strict level of testing, and enforces repeatability.  But science...
  • 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...
  • PIPESTONE Welcomes Orange City Vet Clinic

    In 1984, a “shingle” was hung and Orange City Veterinary Clinic on the west edge of Orange City opened.  In 1997, Orange City Veterinary Clinic and Pipestone Veterinary Services began what has become a 20-year plus relationship of collaboration and joint ventures.  Several sow units were established and coordinated with...
  • Ventilating Your Barn While Pumping Pits

    It’s time again that we start pumping manure out of our pits. With this comes the risk and responsibility of ventilating barns properly. Different barns require different strategies for ventilation. Understanding your scenario and proper planning can be all the difference in avoiding asphyxiation events or flash fires. Below are...
  • A Timely Review of Biosecurity

    In the midst of dismal hog markets, trade wars, and the recent news of African Swine Fever (ASF) and its impact in China and Eastern Europe, it may seem off-topic to discuss biosecurity.  However, the argument can be made that just the opposite is true.  In fact, given the current...

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