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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • 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.
  • The Hospital Pen

    On the day piglets are brought to the nursery facility they need to adapt to all sorts of changes.  Some piglets adapt very quickly.  Some piglets do not.  Those that struggle with the transition may have come to the nursery small or skinny.  They may be sick, or have an...
  • Shows and Sales

    By: Dr. G.F. Kennedy Show and sale season will soon be here and to create a more pleasant experience there are numerous things that should be considered. If you are participating in numerous shows with shorn sheep you certainly need to take steps to prevent becoming infected. Sharing blankets and...
  • Straight Talk: April 2015

    By: Dr. G.F. Kennedy Many people are well into the lambing season. We field dozens of calls daily and I am continually on E-mail at gkennnedy@pipevet.com.  There are always problems but nothing unusual just more of it as our business and contacts grow. A lot of progress is being made but...
  • Pig of the Week: Spots

    This pig of the week this week is spotted! He is about 6 days old and is still living with his mother and siblings. At this age he has already gotten his “piglet shots”.
  • Time to Expand Your Operation?

    By: Hal Schmidt Farming is a business, and part of any business is analyzing when and if you should expand your operation.  This is a question that is constantly circling in the back of farmers minds – to buy that piece of land or not, to expand your herd or...
  • Optimizing Your Manure's Value

    By: Marty Rost The average person won’t think twice about what lies beneath a hog barn, but anyone in agriculture see’s dollar signs.  As we all know, manure is a valuable fertilizer for crops.  In fact, many hog producers got into the business for that very reason – to save...
  • 3 Months, 3 Weeks, and 3 Days: The Pregnant Pig

    Delivering and drying off new born piglets is the best part about working with pigs. However, the work of getting piglets off to a good start starts long before the day they are born. In fact, it starts 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days before their birth. The day...
  • Battling Calf Scours

    By Dr. Brett Kroeze Calf scours is a disease that many producers face in the first few months of life with their calves. The common causes of infectious scours in calves are rotavirus, coronavirus, BVD virus, coccidia, Cryptosporidium, Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., and Clostridium perfringens.  Unfortunately, many of these pathogens do not have good treatment...

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