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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • Using Data to Drive Decisions

    As popular headlines focus on the potential link between antibiotic resistance and usage of antibiotics in food animal production, it is more critical than ever for swine veterinarians and producers to work together to use antibiotics in the most effective and judicious ways possible. The use of antibiotic sensitivity information...
  • Don't Ignore Ileitis Control

    Pig farmers agree: Losing a market hog hurts. There are not many topics over which all pig farmers in the U.S. would agree, but two things over which they would agree are first, that no one likes dead pigs; and second, the worst type of dead pig is a market-sized...
  • Six Keys to Promoting Nursery Pig Health

    Focusing on these animal welfare basics is critical to getting newly weaned piglets off to a strong start Weaning and the transition to the early nursery stage are the most challenging times for piglets. Minimizing stress during those first few weeks away from mom will improve a piglet’s odds of...
  • Tracking Antimicrobial Resistance: Down on the farm

    In the summer of 2016, Pipestone set forth the challenge to be global leaders in antimicrobial stewardship. As swine veterinarians, we feel a responsibility to lead the industry with science-driven decisions on how to manage the use of antimicrobials, track resistance, and make proactive changes to practices if increased resistance...
  • Data Driven Decisions

    “Without data, you are just another person with an opinion” -Edwards Deming I think in numbers, as most people in the sciences do.  As such, I believe very strongly in the value of data to make decisions.  Being able to base business decisions off solid numbers gives confidence to the...
  • Erysipelas Alert

    Confirmed Erysipelas cases in swine have been on the recent rise.  Protect your herd before temperatures increase.  If not vaccinating against, contact Pipestone Vet Services for the best treatment option for your farm. Ingelvac Erysipelas - Frozen Vaccine - At least 128 days duration of immunity - Single dose administration...
  • AASV Recognizes 2018 Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year

    News Release from AASV March 5, 2018 -- The American Association of Swine Veterinarian’s Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Adam Schelkopf during the 49th Annual Meeting of the AASV in San Diego, CA.  It is given annually to an AASV member five or less...
  • 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...

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