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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • OPP

    Years ago, Norm Gates (who I have long looked to as a mentor) compared the production results of 5000 ewes, and found no difference between the production of positive ewes verses negative ewes. He was questioned so he repeated the trial with no difference. That didn’t deter anyone and OPP...
  • Pregnancy Disease

    I am receiving a lot of questions about heavily pregnant ewes failing to eat and clinically depressed. In the broad definition, this could be determined to be pregnancy disease, probably not quite that simple. In my younger days, much younger and years ago I called it Iowa cornfield disease. Ewes...
  • Straight Talk: January 2018

    Milk Requirements for New Born Lambs Every lambing season I encounter situations where lambs are being fed milk but not enough and slowly are being starved to death. Starvation is the leading cause of death in baby lambs. The amount of colostrum and milk required to meet energy needs the...
  • Why is Vitamin E Important?

    Vitamin E is an essential part of sheep production. Recently there were some source problems with mfg. resulting in a shortage in supply that is now resulting in increased costs of Vitamin E. In sheep production fast growing lambs deprived of selenium or vitamin or both can develop white muscle...
  • Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD’s) Update

    By: Dr. Joseph Yaros Over the past few years, there has been an increasing amount of talk about the judicious use of antibiotics in livestock. The growing trend of antibiotic resistance in human infections has created pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review antibiotic usages in...
  • Give a Helping Ham campaign donates over 82,000 pounds of PORK!

    During the holidays we look forward to connecting with family and friends and enjoying a delicious meal with the prized ham featured in the center of the table.  However, many individuals in our communities are food insecure, and without organizations like Feeding America, would have limited to no protein to...
  • Pipestone Applied Research: 2017 Year in Review

    By: Dr. Scott Dee Happy New Year! Dr. Scott Dee, Director of Pipestone Applied Research In 2011, I joined the Pipestone team on a new journey: to lead their newly formed research division.  Pipestone Applied Research (PAR) focuses on providing production-driven research results for our Pipestone shareholders, research sponsors, and...
  • Cattle Lice

    By: Dr. Jay Bobb Last year we saw an explosion of lice on the local cattle herds, with loss of hair, constant itching and decreased performance.  Producers had lice infestations regardless of the products they had used for the fall treatment plans.  Due to a large number of questions on...
  • Weathering the Low Milk Prices

    By: Dr. Larry Goelz Throughout 2017 we have seen great production in dairy nationwide.  With a minimal increase in processing, we have entered an oversupply of milk, resulting in lower milk prices.  This oversupply has resulted in many processing plants trimming the Somatic Cell Count premiums, eliminating rBST premiums and...
  • Scours Prevention

    By Dr. Brett Kroeze It is that time of year again when we start to see new life in the bovine world.  With the new arrival of next year’s profits, it is important to try and decrease the disease processes that go along with it, such as scours. Especially when...

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