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Swine

  • Pig of the Week

    This pig of the week was not happy I interrupted his meal.  He is eating from a wet/dry feeder.  This means the waterer is in the same location as the feed.  By pushing on the water nipple above his nose he can add water so that his feed is wet...
  • Stinking and Strutting: The Life of a Boar

    Helpful Terminology! Boars: Intact male pigs V-Boars: Intact male pigs that have undergone a vasectomy procedure. They act like an intact male but aren’t able to father their own litters. Kraft and his buddy Duke before a day of hard work on the farm. The hardest working pigs on a...
  • Pipestone Research on PEDv in Feed Ingredients

    So far, 2015 has proven to be a fairly mild year for PEDv infection compared to the devastation that hit in 2014.  Nonetheless, it is a concerning virus for pork producers and continued focus for Pipestone Applied Research (PAR).  In 2014, PAR proved that contaminated feed could serve as a...
  • Discovery Barn Plans New Activities

    The Sioux Empire Fair celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014, but it was a new exhibit — and the newborn animals inside it — that caught the attention of thousands of fairgoers. The Pipestone Discovery Barn opened its doors during the 2014 fair to share with visitors the story of animal...
  • Avian Influenza: Q&A with an Expert

    There is no doubt that Avian Influenza (AI) has been a devastation to the poultry industry, just as PEDv was to the swine industry eighteen months ago.  The mortality rate for AI stands at 100%, and as of May 26th, 2015, 41,034,973 birds have died or been euthanized as a...
  • Keep Biosecure This Summer

    County fair, and livestock show season is underway.  These are great events that celebrate agriculture and our rural communities.  We at Pipestone encourage everyone to attend and support these events. The presence of swine at these events poses a biosecurity risk for all of us that work on and visit...
  • Pig of the Week

    The pig of the week this week is 5 weeks old.  He lives in a barn with 1200 pigs!  In his pen there are 120 other pigs that are all the same age as him.  His nose is full of feed because I pulled him away from his breakfast for...
  • Adoptive Mothers & the Piglets They Save

    In an earlier post (10,000ft View), I alluded to the fact that piglets are sometimes fostered from their birth mother, and adopted by another mom on the farm.  In this post, I will have the opportunity to share more about what that means, why it is necessary, and who these...
  • Time Savers in the Hog World

    By: Dr. Cameron Schmitt Cutting corners in any aspect of life/work typically has implications at later points in time.  Similarly in pork production, we see “planting disease” in the spring and  “harvesting disease” in the fall.  As your schedule gets tight this planting season, here are some tips to help...
  • Market Review

    By: Brian Stevens, President of Big Stone Marketing We have concluded our first quarter of 2015 and I have to say there wasn’t much to write home about as it relates to our pork markets.  Experts predicted that we’d see pork supplies grow 1%, but the reality was our supplies soared...

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