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Pipestone Veterinary Services News

  • Welcome to the team, Dr. Joseph Yaros!

    Joseph originally grew up in Upstate New York with three twin brothers on a 1000 ewe sheep farm. He spent his summers showing pure bred Suffolk sheep at the county and state fairs, while helping taking care of the family farm. Caring for livestock and understanding the management of the...
  • Fly Control

    Some of the most common pests within a hog operation include your common house fly and fruit fly. These pests are not only a risk for transferring diseases, but are also a nuisance to the animals and people that work or reside in these barns. Once these pests are established...
  • Rams & Breeding

    We recently had a webinar discussing what we need to do with ewes to get them ready for breeding season. Often rams are forgotten.  Sperm is being developed six weeks prior to breeding so fertility checking rams at breeding time is ok, but if they haven't been handled correctly the...
  • Straight Talk: July 2016

    We survived the weather in Sedalia. Midwest Sale was strong as usual. The highlight of the trip for me was the opportunity to visit with Larry Mead. The Heartland group are doing a great job of managing the sale but there would have been no sale without Larry Mead.   What...
  • Toxoplasmosis

    I was asked to talk about Toxoplasmosis and additional information is available in our Veterinary Guide book or on the blog site but for today I am going to review how the organism infects sheep and goats. Cats become infected by animals infected with the parasite usually rodents or small birds. Rodents...
  • Cooper Toxicity

    Every so often Copper toxicity raises its ugly head. I don’t know what it takes to make people aware that you can’t add additional copper to sheep rations. Sometimes it’s a mixing mistake and sometimes it is just plain ignorance but in any event sheep die and those that don’t...
  • July 2016 Hog Market

    Last Friday USDA released their Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report which I’ve included along with the Pre-report estimates and so you can see the differences in the far right hand column.  You’ll notice that the actual USDA numbers came in quite a bit higher than the estimates across most of...
  • Preventing and Managing Heat Stress

    Have you ever unloaded a group of pigs that are heat stressed following transportation? How do you manage transportation during months of high heat and humidity to prevent or minimize heat stress and transport losses? Here are a few tips to help your pigs weather summer heat and humidity.  It...
  • Culling Strategy: Should She Stay or Go?

    Culling – as boring of a subject it may be, your culling strategy is an important factor in the health and future of your herd.  Culling “strategy” is something that is highly variable from farm-to-farm.  First, having a culling strategy implies that you have a choice, and we all know...
  • Veterinary Feed Directive

    Veterinary Feed Directive The new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulations will be going into effect January 1st, 2017.  What does this mean for your operation? These FAQ’s should help shed some light: What prompted the government to change the rules regarding antibiotic use in food animals?  Why now? These rules...

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