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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • Filters and Employee Focus Combine to Fight PRRS Virus

    As the weather cools, the pork industry increases its vigilance against PRRSv. Over the past 20 years, PRRS has emerged as the most economically important disease for U.S. pork producers. Dennis Wiebbecke has been on the front line of the fight against PRRS for the past three years.  As the...
  • Celebrating 25 Years: One Farmer at a Time

    The Pipestone System is celebrating 25 years since the first contract for the first Pipestone System barn – Hiawatha Gilts — was signed.  There are lots of ways to talk about the growth of the business model, from number of barns and animals to number of employees and shareholders.  However, the best measurement is...
  • Synergize vs. Accel Trial

    It’s no secret that trailers can act as a means of virus transport, moving it from one barn to another.  With PRRSv virus, and especially when PEDv hit hard in 2013, Pipestone has put enormous focus on our livestock trailer sanitation protocol.  Historically Pipestone chose to use Synergize as a...
  • Seneca Valley Virus: What Is It and How Does It Affect the Swine Industry?

    In the past couple months; there have been 13 confirmed cases of vesicular disease associated with Seneca Valley virus in the swine industry. This disease has been identified in both commercial and show pig operations in Iowa, South Dakota, Illinois and Minnesota. Vesicular disease is a broad term used to...
  • America's Next Pig Farmer

    The four finalists for America’s Pig Farmer of the year were announced, and Pipestone was excited to see a familiar face in the line-up!  The National Pork Board created the America’s Pig Farmer of the Year award to recognize a farmer who excels in raising pigs using the We Care principles...
  • Top 8 Questions on Veterinary Feed Directive Answered

    FDA recently came out with industry guidelines that require changes to the use of feed medication in livestock.  Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about these changes…        What prompted the government to change the rules regarding antibiotic use in food animals? Why now? A...
  • The Rib Feed and Our Famous Rib Rub Recipe!

    Pipestone Veterinary Services and Pipestone System employees gathered Friday afternoon to properly season the ribs for the Rib Feed at the Pipestone County Fair on Saturday, August 8th.  It is an event that Pipestone Veterinary Services founded several years ago, and has been happy to continue the tradition ever since.  All proceeds...
  • 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...

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