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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • PRRS Success

    As the PRRS’ year is coming to an end, Pipestone’s, Dr. Joel Nerem, is crossing his fingers.  “We’ve experienced what I consider to be a very successful year in minimizing PRRS outbreaks.”  With everyone’s attention drawn to the latest PEDv epidemic, PRRS has been out of the spotlight.  Regardless, PRRS...
  • Feed in Battle Against PEDv

    In the year since Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) was confirmed in the United States, pork producers, veterinarians, researchers and many others have been working diligently to find ways to prevent the virus from entering herds, especially sow herds. While PEDv has been reported in other countries over the years...
  • Maximize Profitability: Tips from Big Stone Marketing

    With the cash hog market run up, volatility in the futures market, and the unknown marketing hole created from PEDv, it definitely makes for interesting times.  The key for hog producers to take advantage of the situation and to maximize profitability is to focus on margin over feed cost.  Right...
  • Pipestone at the Banquet

    On Friday May 16th, twenty four Pipestone employees woke up bright and early to make their way to The Banquet in Sioux Falls to serve breakfast.  The Banquet is a volunteer and donations based program, and every year, Pipestone is humbled with the chance to serve.  “It’s great to be...
  • Amputation Gives Second Chance

    Boundless energy and limitless curiosity, the traits that make puppies so much fun to watch and play with are the same traits that can often put young animals into harm’s way. Wayne Brockberg’s 16-week old, black labrador retriever puppy named “Kitty” is no exception. Kitty loves to run and play...
  • Stages of Parturition: Cattle Call March 2014

    by Dr. Brett Kroeze Stages Time Frame What is happening Tips Stage 1 Dilation 4-24 hours before parturition. Uterus muscle becomes more sensitive causing contractions and dilation.  The fetus is positioning itself for birth. Watch for behavioral changes such as isolation, discomfort, elevation and switching of the tail, and mucus...
  • Spring Cattle Market: March 2014

    This spring, the cattle market has hit a record high.  I am sure most of you never thought your herd would be worth what it is today.  With feeder calves bringing $900-$1200 per head and cull cows hitting a dollar a pound, it may be time to re-examine your calving...
  • Change for the Future: Cattle Call March 2014

    In recent years, “local” has become a popular buzzword in food production and marketing. But for Holland, Minnesota, farmer Matt Brinkmeyer, building partnerships with neighbors and other local farmers is nothing new. Brinkmeyer Farms is a diversified crop and cattle operation near Holland, Minnesota. The Brinkmeyers have  a cow calf...
  • PEDv Update

    Dr. Joel Nerem Late last fall, I wrote my first article centering around PED virus as we had just finished testing our transportation protocols at South Dakota State University (SDSU), and these protocols proved to be effective against PED virus. We were also in the process of testing our 3M...
  • Manure Pumping Safety: March 2014

    by: Marty Rost Many of our system and shareholder barns pump their manure pits in the spring, but pumping safety is not always top of mind. That's because spring is a busy time, and we have lots of other things to think about. But, the welfare of our employees and our animals...

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