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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • Managing Summer Heat Stress

    by: Curt Vlietstra, DVM Even though we had a brutal winter, and the normal spring warm-up seemed like it would never come, the heat of summer is inevitable in this area.  The combination of heat and humidity can be extremely hard on livestock, particularly cattle.  Both dairy and beef cattle...
  • From the Netherlands, to Canada, to Pipestone, MN

    The drive to improve their dairy farm and provide better opportunities for their family has led John and Berlinda VanderWal to farms in three countries – Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S. – with multiple expansions over the past 25 years.  With each move or new project, they look for ways...
  • Straight Talk: June 2014

    I am looking forward to upcoming shows and sales this summer, I have had enough of winter, we are almost done lambing probably six left, three ewes that lambed last fall and several ewe lambs. We are always anxious to start, and likewise to finish. At the shows and sales...
  • Abortion: Sheep & Goat News June 2014

    It seems like an odd time to talk about abortion again but when looking at next season it will soon be time to vaccinate depending on the program you choose. There are three major infectious causes of abortion in sheep. 1. Enzootic abortion caused by Chlamydia psittici 2. Vibrio abortion caused...
  • 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...
  • Coccidiosis: Sheep & Goat News April 2014

    This disease can be a most troublesome disease of sheep and particularly goats. It is generally a disease of young animals. In the ideal world, an animal is minimally exposed and develops immunity without clinical symptoms. In the real world, the animal often develops clinical symptoms and depending on severity may require treatment. It is...
  • Wormers Revisited: Sheep and Goat News April 2014

    All right you have bugged me often enough I will take another shot at it. The questions just keep coming, indicating to me there are a lot of unsolved problems. My sheep are wormy, they have bottle jaw, some are scouring and a few are dying and a whole lot more don’t look...

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