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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • Air Filtration for Swine Herds: A Historical Perspective

    Written by Kevin Schulz. Kevin Schulz is a Senior Content Specialist with National Hog Farmer Dr. Scott Dee of Pipestone Veterinary Services shares what we've learned about air filtration over the years and how its making a difference in the industry. PRRS has been a game changer in the swine industry...
  • PRRS Vaccination: Protect for Your Pigs and the Neighborhood

    All across the Midwest, we are starting to experience the changing of the seasons.  Weather is changing, kids are heading back to school, and combines are being prepared for the impending harvest.  For many swine producers, unfortunately it is also a time of year which conjures up thoughts of PRRS...
  • Step by Step Approach to Raising Pigs

    Starting as a teenager, Ryan Weinkauf has taken a step by step approach to raising pigs and building his farming operation. Ryan grew up as the third generation on his family’s farm just outside of Pipestone, Minnesota. “Dad started raising pigs in the 1970s and 1980s in an old barn...
  • Significant Changes Underway in the Pork Industry

      By: Brian Stevens, President of Big Stone Marketing Here it is the middle of August and we have some pretty significant changes underway in the Pork Industry and I thought I should talk about it in this month’s newsletter.  The topic is the additional packing capacity our industry is...
  • Why Sequence?

    You have the diagnostics in hand. The results tie your stomach in knots, the sample is PRRS virus  PCR positive. If you are lucky, you have not experienced this before but if you are like the other 99% of the people in the swine industry, you have had this feeling...
  • It's Fair & Exhibition Time

    First and foremost if you are crossing a state line you need a health certificate and some require intrastate so check regulations for each exhibition. Health certificates need to be current, usually 30 days but that may vary also. All sheep and goats will need scrapie tags. If a sheep...
  • Friendly Reminder

    Now is the time to think about abortion. We will get the calls and emails when it happens but that’s after the fact. If you intend to feed aureomycin for chlamydia control you need to get your VFD now. I prefer to pulse feed at higher levels than continuous use...
  • Why I Chose Katahdins

    Back in the day when I was a 4H and FFA member, my goals were to raise and show the best pigs I could raise. That was before it became a money game. You could actually raise your own and be competitive. We had some Hampshire sheep which  I never...
  • Breeding Season

    As breeding season approaches there are several management practices to be considered. Rams are certainly half of the flock and genetically much more than half building a future. I could always justify paying a premium for an outstanding ram, not so much for a ewe. With that consideration only top...
  • Antibiotic Resistance Myth Busters

    Often we are so overwhelmed with information being shared – through main stream news, social media, and conversations with friends or co-workers.  It can be challenging to decipher what is true versus a myth.  As a veterinarian and mother of two young children, I recognize the importance of getting the...

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