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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • Helping Farmers Today Create the Farms of Tomorrow

    Providing independent producers the opportunity to compete in a fast-changing swine industry has been the driving force behind the Pipestone System for more than 25 years. Technologies, genetics and management practices in pork production may have evolved quickly over nearly three decades, but independent producers who are shareholders in the...
  • Maintaining a Good Balance the Key to Success

    Maintaining a good balance between operating independently and working with the right partners, organizations and service providers has been key to the success in raising pigs and row crops for Jeremy Atwood of Fairfield, Iowa. Jeremy grew up on his family farm near Fairfield and returned after graduating from Iowa...
  • Influenza A Virus in Swine

    Influenza A virus in swine (IAV) is one of the most common causes of respiratory disease in pigs of all ages.  Prior to 1998, influenza (virus) in swine was primarily caused by one serotype, H1N1.  Since that time there have been numerous changes to the virus leading to multiple serotypes...
  • Investment in Prevention Medicine Pays Off for Pigs and Producers

    “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure …” The same advice that Benjamin Franklin gave to city leaders in Philadelphia about preventing fires in 1735 can be applied to raising livestock today. Keeping animals healthy and preventing diseases benefits the animal’s well being, boosts performance and ultimately...
  • PART: Gathering Research and Broadening the Conversation

      The development of bacteria resistant to antibiotics is a critical issue for human health, with 23,000 people dying each year from an AMR (antimicrobial resistance) infection.  A new program developed by Pipestone is focused gathering critical data about antibiotic resistance and responsible antibiotic use, as well as engaging pig...
  • Strep Control

      Streptococcus suis (commonly known as strep) is a very common bacterial agent present in all pigs. S. suis gets into the pigs’ bloodstream and then affects pigs throughout their entire body. Classic clinical signs of S. suis include fever, meningitis (walking without coordination and paddling while lying on its...
  • 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...

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