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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • Weaning Time

    For the purpose of this article, we will consider weaning lambs that have had access to creep, have been in dry lot with their mothers and are being weaned at approximately eight weeks of age. First, let’s discuss the ewes. Grain should be removed two or three days prior to...
  • Mastitis

    Mastitis in sheep, from my view point, is poorly understood. In acute mastitis, treatment targets salvaging the ewe and seldom, if ever, does the infected portion of udder remain functional. As to whether sub-acute mastitis exists and shows up following years is anybody’s guess. Then you have the OPP people...
  • Straight Talk: March 2016

    Some days you just have to wonder. I am often accused of being outspoken. I am.  If there is an issue affecting the sheep and goat industry or life itself I will have an opinion and express it. The sheep industry is now being threatened by the new VFD rules...
  • Three Ways to Better Manage Money on Pig Health

    By: Dr. Spencer Wayne The extreme profitability we saw in 2014 is by now a fond and distant memory to most of us.  2016 is experiencing a moderate start, but by most forecasts, it will likely be a year of tightening belts.  Easy to spend money on pigs carrying $30 profit...
  • Steenstra Named Master Pork Partner by Iowa Association

    Bill Steenstra, field supervisor for Pipestone System in Independence, Iowa, was named a Master Pork Partner by the Iowa Pork Producers Association at the Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines in January 2016.  The Master Pork Partner Award recognizes pork production company employees who have demonstrated positive impacts in their production systems...
  • Vaccines, Baterins, and Adjuvants

    Vaccines are defined as immunological products containing virus which may be live, modified live or inactivated, killed. Sore mouth would be an example of a live vaccine. Products made from inactivated bacteria are properly called bacterins but often referred to as vaccines. The enterotoxemia products are examples of bacterins commonly used...
  • Penicillin

    Penicillin is an old commonly used drug. I use it commonly for treating what I consider crud infections, opening abscesses, after assisting a difficult birth, or repairing a prolapsed uterus.  I also use it in conjunction with Nuflor or Biomycin 200 to treat mastitis and prevent gangrene.  Another major use is to prevent tetanus when banding. For...
  • OPP Update

    There is a new strategy out there that no longer relies on orphaning lambs. It is now thought that ewes don’t transfer the virus through milk or colostrum. The new approach is to maintain the ewe lambs separate from the ewe flock, tested prior to 12 months of age, they...
  • Entrepreneurship and Ultraism

    I was asked to speak to the Young Entrepreneurs at ASI. My first thought was what is the age limitation? Under fifty. When I look around the halls at the convention we are getting old, very old. My immediate thought is we need a new paradigm, the sheep numbers have...
  • Pipestone Webinar

    Join us for a webinar February 29th covering creep feeding, vitamin e, vaccination programs, respiratory problems, worms, coccidiosis, and grower finisher feed and urinary calculi.  You can gain access to this webinar by becoming a member to the Pipestone Shepherd's Club or buying this individual webinar.

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