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Swine

  • Pig of the Week: Redhead

    The pig of the week is this red piglet! She is about 2 days of age. She is the only red head in a litter full of blondes.
  • The Birthing Process

    Helpful Terminology: Gestation = Pregnancy Farrowing = The birth process for a pig Sow = A mother pig Gilt = A young female pig who isn’t a mom yet My absolute favorite part about growing up on a pig farm was being able to watch and assist in the pigl et...
  • Pig of the Week

    This week’s pig of the week is a newborn piglet. At  less than 1 day of age this piglet is walking and nursing. He fits easily in my hands. He lives with his mother and his 10 siblings and his life consists of napping and nursing and not much else.
  • Make More Money Today

    I have been practicing swine veterinary medicine at Pipestone Veterinary Services for ten years, and one of the most frequently asked questions from hog producers is this:  “What I can do today to improve my barn and make more money?”  And you can’t blame them for asking!  Here, I’ve written about Three...
  • The Value of Good Record Keeping

    It’s the beginning of a new year, and everyone is looking over their 2014 records and planning how to have an even better, more profitable 2015.  In today’s world of business, people use record keeping for everything.  In fact, we may go as far as combing through our online bank...
  • Preparing for Winter Transport

    Heading into the winter months, livestock transportation can quickly become a nightmare.  For your pigs, dropping temps can mean decreased immune systems and increased susceptibility to viruses.  During the winter, transportation is one of many touch points where proper management practices can make a big difference when it comes time...
  • 2015 Swine Industry Changes

    Premises ID Number (PIN) ear tags… In light of a new disease that has entered the U.S. in the last 24 months, everyone in the swine industry is more aware of what “disease traceability” means and how new diseases can impact our industry.  A new requirement by the packers &...
  • Balancing Family Tradition with New Practices

    Finding a balance between carrying on family farming traditions and adopting new practices for the future can be a challenge for many farmers and livestock producers.  Gary Wedewer is the fourth generation to live on the farm in northeast Iowa that was started in 1882 by his great grandfather.  Decisions that Gary...
  • 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...

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