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Swine

  • Investing in the Future

    The grins on their faces aren’t just because they were excited to leave school campus during lunch hour, but these members of the local Pipestone FFA chapter are excited to be receiving a generous donation from Pipestone Veterinary Services (PVS).  Dr. Barry Kerkaert was proud to present the $7,000 check...
  • Preparing Your Barn for PRRSv and PEDv Season

    The temperature keeps dropping, and that means PRRSv, and now PEDv, season has arrived.  It can be painful to remember how hard PEDv hit the U.S. swine industry last Fall and Winter.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that some herd immunity will help lessen the blow this year, but...
  • Pipestone Discovery Barn

    This summer, the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, SD celebrated their 75thyear, “Diamond Jubilee”, of providing summer fun to the community.  And what better way to celebrate this landmark year than the grand opening of a building dedicated to educating the Sioux Empire area on modern crop and livestock production...
  • Pork Ambassadors

    At Pipestone, we are committed to all aspects of the pork industry, and that commitment doesn’t get left at the office.  We take our passion for promoting the pork industry to our homes, friends, and communities.  In 2014, Pipestone County was represented by three young individuals that are sons or daughters of...
  • Feed Mill Checks: Mixer Efficiency Test

    Performing a mixer efficiency test should always be on the radar screen; however, it can be easily overlooked. Properly mixing the ingredients is a must do to provide the proper nutrition in every mouth full of feed. Kansas State University performed a nursery trial evaluating different mixing time.  As you...
  • Growing with the Future in Mind

    Sustainability has become a popular term in recent years to define everything from protecting the environment to ensuring the viability of family farms over multiple generations to many other facets of modern agriculture. For the Braun family of LeSueur, Minnesota, sustainability isn’t a new concept.  They’ve been growing and managing...
  • Investing in Every Pig

    It is no secret to anyone in the pork industry that the combination of high domestic and international demand, a shortage of pig inventory due to the PED virus outbreak, and lower feed costs are presenting strong profit opportunities for pork producers.    These opportunities are driving many producers to also take...
  • PRRS Success

    As the PRRS’ year is coming to an end, Pipestone’s, Dr. Joel Nerem, is crossing his fingers.  “We’ve experienced what I consider to be a very successful year in minimizing PRRS outbreaks.”  With everyone’s attention drawn to the latest PEDv epidemic, PRRS has been out of the spotlight.  Regardless, PRRS...
  • Feed in Battle Against PEDv

    In the year since Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) was confirmed in the United States, pork producers, veterinarians, researchers and many others have been working diligently to find ways to prevent the virus from entering herds, especially sow herds. While PEDv has been reported in other countries over the years...
  • Maximize Profitability: Tips from Big Stone Marketing

    With the cash hog market run up, volatility in the futures market, and the unknown marketing hole created from PEDv, it definitely makes for interesting times.  The key for hog producers to take advantage of the situation and to maximize profitability is to focus on margin over feed cost.  Right...

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