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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • 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...
  • Meet Dr. Meredith Johns

    Dr. Meredith C. (Woodard) Johns received her D.V.M. in 2010 from Iowa State University and completed her pre-veterinary studies at Drake University with a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry as well as a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa. After graduation, Meredith practiced at a mixed-animal clinic...
  • Antibiotic Use

    There is a lot of discussion about antibiotics and their use in livestock.  The first target of the antibiotic cops used in feed.  Therapeutic use in feed will be allowed upon a veterinarian’s direction. The Veterinary establishment interprets this as having a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. I interpret this to in-effect require that this...
  • Straight Talk: June 2015

    As I am putting this article together I have a lot of things going on. I am leaving for Alaska soon, just a ten day stay. We have sold our lodge but retained the Viking House next door. We will still be able to visit with return visitors to the...
  • 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...
  • Pig of the Week: I MUSTACHE you a question!

    This adorable pig has a spot on his nose that looks oddly similar to....well, a mustache! Don't let his mustache fool you!  He's only four weeks old.  By this age, he has transitioned from his mother's milk to eating a diet closer to that of an adult.

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