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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • Partnership Provides Opportunities for Cattle Producers

    It is no secret that farming can be a difficult business to break into, especially if a young farmer doesn’t have a family member to farm with.  However, Kelly Lyons of Garretson, South Dakota, has turned an interest in cattle into a full time career thanks to a solid partnership...
  • Controlling Mastitis

    By Dr. Curt Vlietstra While it might seem like this article is a case of “too little, too late,” take heart; Seven months from now, it will be time to prepare for winter again!  Historically, we’ve learned that the summer months are the worst for seasonal increases in somatic cell counts (SCC).  Truth...
  • Improving Feed Efficiency

    By: Casey Neill This past month, Pipestone Grow Finish held a Nutrition conference.  Several nutritionists  including Dr. Joel DeRouchey from Kansas State University, Dr. John Patience from Iowa State Universtiy, Dr. James Usry from Mironutrients, and Dr. Charles Stark from Kansas State University Department of Grain Science  presented.  Grow Finish...
  • A Road Map for the Next Generation

    For a northwest Iowa pork producer, an investment in the Pipestone provided an opportunity for his operation to sustainably grow today, and presents a roadmap for the next generation to get started in livestock production. Mike Ver Steeg is a third generation Iowa farmer, and the second generation to raise...
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside!

    On this exceptionally frigid morning my truck thermometer is reading -18°F.  Yes, that is a negative sign in front of the 18. Lucky for me, most pigs in Iowa are raised indoors. After a cold trip from my truck to the building I am in a toasty barn set to...
  • Pig of the Week: Kindergarten Graduation

    The pig of the week this week is 17 days old. She and her siblings will be moving soon from the crate they call home to a new barn with other piglets their age - sort of like Kindergarten Graduation!
  • Pregnancy Disease

    This time of year we seem to get call after call about pregnant ewes losing appetite and slowing down or sometimes going down. These fall under a broad category, “Pregnancy Disease” much like cattle get Shipping Fever. There are a lot of causes, parasitism, flukes and stomach worms, injury and...
  • Lambing Products

    Now that we are well into lambing, I thought perhaps we should discuss some of the products we have developed and used to keep lambs and kids alive and healthy. The main cause of death is starvation once they are born alive. The first area of concern would be iodine...
  • Straight Talk: February 2015

    Lately, it seems like every day there is some one firing a shot at agriculture. Recently the Sioux Fall Argus Leader a regional newspaper in a primary agriculture area prints an article submitted by PETA verbatim entitled 'Make this a fur-free, wool-free winter.’ Part of that article dealt with shearing...
  • Sulfa Availability

    The availability of sulfadimethoxine has become nonexistent. Sulfamethazine is in short supply as well. We have obtained a supply of sulfamethazine that will be available until it's exhausted. My concern is that the sulfa drugs are the only effective treatment of clinical coccidiosis. Sulfaquinoxaline has been discontinued years ago. I...

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