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Veterinary Voices February 2013

Expanding Space for Expanding Needs

The first time the Pipestone Veterinary Clinic expanded in April of 2008, the three employees staffing it were amazed by the space of the old Amdahl building. However, it didn’t take long for the growing business to fill up the 7,000 square foot warehouse.

This past September, PVC once again moved into another spacious building located at 1518 Sioux Drive. Purchased from Bayliner, the remodeled 24,000 square foot warehouse is state of the art. It has its own generator to ensure proper cooling in case of power outages. To keep up with safety concerns, PVC has also stepped up its bio-security, only allowing authorized personnel into the building. The warehouse rotates its staff of nine to ensure four trained employees are always available to prepare orders. Between 100 and 200 orders are shipped per day during lambing season with an average of 75-100 in the off-season.

Additionally, PVC owns its own bio-secure semi which is used to perform weekly farm deliveries, a service that has been expanding nearly as quickly as the Clinic’s need for space.


Santa Paws Returns

Each year, Santa Paws journeys to Pipestone Vet Clinic to pose for pictures with area pets. This year’s turn-out was one of the biggest since Santa Paws made his debut in 2007. Thanks to the participating families and their pets, PVC was able to donate $200 to Relay for Life.

Left to Right : Buddy Carrow, Darlene, Erin and Dallas Steen, Scout and Louie Rambow, Gracie Carstensen


State Fair Update

Sister and brother team, Jaden and Jared Carlson returned from the Minnesota State Fair with more than a handful of ribbons to add to their collection. The siblings were at the fair for ten of the fourteen days while showing their animals for 4H and FFA.

Staying at a hotel in Roseville, Jaden and Jared rose early and began bathing and feeding their livestock at six in the morning. While it was unseasonably wet and cold outside, the barns remained dry—the perfect place to prepare their animals for the ring.

Jared’s heifer received third place for both 4-H and FFA, while his gilts placed third and seventh for FFA.

Jaden showed a black Angus cow/calf pair which took third the first weekend. She finished out her showing during the second week with a first and second place ribbon for her pair of calves.

Congratulations to the Carlson siblings for their hard work and dedication.




Fox Run: The Newest Addition to Pipestone System's Growing Family  

On November 14, 2012, nearly 1,000 visitors attended the open house of Fox Run, a new swine facility near Parker, SD. Site tours of the empty barns kicked off the day—a rare treat, as sow barns are generally closed to the public to protect the health and safety of the animals.

According to CEO, Dr. Luke Minion, Fox Run represents the continued expansion of one of South Dakota’s most successful companies. Since 1989, Pipestone System has gone from inception to employing more than 650 people in Minnesota and surrounding states.

This group of premier family farmers integrates genetics, health, management and marketing services into business solutions that aid in the success of independent farmers. The strong business model and the quality services that Pipestone Systems provides drew a crowd to the Open House celebration, including keynote speaker,South Dakota, Governor, Dennis Daugaard.

A complimentary pork lunch was provided to visitors by Pipestone System.

After the party was cleared away, the first of the 4,800 sows moved in. Once the barns are fully stocked, Fox Run will house nearly 5,200 swine and a total of 11-12 full-time employees will be added to Pipestone System’s growing family.



Rabies Vaccinations Protect more than Pets

While rabies may seem as outdated as the movie “Old Yeller”, this fatal disease is anything but extinct. A surprising report by the Minnesota Department of Health indicates that seventy-two cases of rabies were confirmed in Minnesota during 2012. Nearly fifteen percent of those cases occurred in domestic animals ranging from cattle to equine to household pets. This is a significant increase over previous years.

Rabies is a preventable, yet fatal, infection that affects the central nervous system, causing swelling of the brain and leading to death. The virus is found in saliva and brain tissue; it is most commonly transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. Rarely, it can be passed on when hunters field dress their game, making it important to wear gloves when handling wild animals. Rabies manifests in two forms: dumb rabies, where the infected animal acts sick; and furious rabies, where the animal can be aggressive or vicious.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control, early symptoms of rabies in animals consist of general sickness, problems swallowing and excessive drooling. Also, an animal that is much tamer or aggressive than expected or an animal that is having trouble moving or is paralyzed is also symptoms of rabies. Death usually occurs two - eleven days after the onset of symptoms.

To date, there is only one known human case that has survived rabies. The patient was put into a medically induced coma for many months and is considered a miracle. Once symptoms begin, most individuals do not survive.

To see if your dog or cat’s rabies vaccination is current, please log on to www.pipestonepets.com to access each animal’s vaccination history or give us a call at the clinic (507)825-4211 and we can give you this information. Each pet we see in the clinic has a file listing the date that each vaccination expires. If your pet is overdue, we recommend an updated rabies vaccination for their safety as well as yours!

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