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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • 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.
  • 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...

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