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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • 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...
  • Preparing Cattle For Winter

    As winter approaches, there are many steps that need to be taken to prepare your cattle.  Because we never really know how long, how cold, and how wet and snowy any given winter will be, the best approach is to plan for a severe winter, be ready to address any...
  • College Friendship to Long Term Partnership

    A college friendship led to new opportunities and a long term partnership for Pat McGunegill and Dean Stoltenberg. Pat grew up on a farm in Indiana and attended college in Waterloo, Iowa.  He became friends with Justin Stoltenberg from Jasper, Minnesota, visited the farm owned by Justin Stoltenberg's parents Dean and...
  • Pipestone Discovery Barn

    This summer, the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, SD celebrated their 75thyear, “Diamond Jubilee”, of providing summer fun to the community.  And what better way to celebrate this landmark year than the grand opening of a building dedicated to educating the Sioux Empire area on modern crop and livestock production...
  • Pork Ambassadors

    At Pipestone, we are committed to all aspects of the pork industry, and that commitment doesn’t get left at the office.  We take our passion for promoting the pork industry to our homes, friends, and communities.  In 2014, Pipestone County was represented by three young individuals that are sons or daughters of...
  • Feed Mill Checks: Mixer Efficiency Test

    Performing a mixer efficiency test should always be on the radar screen; however, it can be easily overlooked. Properly mixing the ingredients is a must do to provide the proper nutrition in every mouth full of feed. Kansas State University performed a nursery trial evaluating different mixing time.  As you...
  • Growing with the Future in Mind

    Sustainability has become a popular term in recent years to define everything from protecting the environment to ensuring the viability of family farms over multiple generations to many other facets of modern agriculture. For the Braun family of LeSueur, Minnesota, sustainability isn’t a new concept.  They’ve been growing and managing...
  • Investing in Every Pig

    It is no secret to anyone in the pork industry that the combination of high domestic and international demand, a shortage of pig inventory due to the PED virus outbreak, and lower feed costs are presenting strong profit opportunities for pork producers.    These opportunities are driving many producers to also take...

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