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Farrowing Piglet Scours: Prevention and Control
The first step in prevention and control of a farrowing house scour is to understand what might be causing it. Most young piglet scours occur between 2 and 6 days of age and can be caused by several pathogens and environmental factors. The most common pathogens include Clostridium perfringens Type A, E. coli and Rotavirus (generally Type C is seen in suckling pigs). It may be important to understand which type(s) of scours you are dealing with in your herd so that control plans can be tailored to the particular pathogen or issue you are dealing with. The troubleshooting guide provided by Dr. Laura Dalquist on Page 2 can be used to work through a scours issue on your farm and will help with most of the pathogens mentioned above.

New Approach to Fly Control
Uncontrolled fly populations can negatively impact profitability. Flies are not just a nuisance and annoyance for barn workers. They are also disease vectors as well as a source of pain and stress for pigs, and can even cause a dramatic reduction in performance due to decreased feed consumption. The house fly has been implicated in the transmission of 65 disease organisms- among them PEDv, PRRS, Parvovirus, E.coli and dysentery. Biting flies and mosquitoes also cause hide damage leading to trim loss at slaughter. A survey of 3 Midwest packing plants in 2015 showed trim loss averaging 9-13 pounds, equating to $6.20-$9.10 per animal. SEE THIS MONTH'S NEWSLETTER FOR DETAILS ON A NEW FLY CONTROL PRODUCT

In Memorium: Dr. Bob Morrison
The University of Minnesota and the swine industry lost a friend, mentor and international leader on May 2nd in a tragic car collision in Czech Republic. Dr. Bob Morrison was killed as were the wives of his 2 travel companions, Dr. Tom Wetzell (professional services veterinarian for Boehringer-Ingelheim) and Dr. Gordon Spronk (veterinarian and chairman for Pipestone System). Mrs. Morrison remains hospitalized and is recovering from her injuries. The 3 couples were traveling for a European swine conference held in Prague.

Dr. Morrison had been with the U of MN since 1986 and was responsible for the launching of the Swine Health Monitoring Project which provides weekly reports on the health status of over 50% of the US sow herds. He was also the coordinator of two major international swine health management conferences-the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference held in St. Paul, MN., and the Leman China Conference, held in Nanjing, China. Dr. Morrison began working with Chinese producers 20 years ago. Please join us in keeping the Morrison, Wetzell and Spronk families in your thoughts and prayers.

Recent Newsletters

Date/Link Articles
May-2017 Farrowing Piglet Scours: Prevention and Control, A New Approach to Fly Control for Swine Operations, In Memorium: Dr. Bob Morrison, Troubleshooting Guide to Scours in the Farrowing House
April-2017 Tail Biting - Making a Comeback?, Checklist for Summer Heat Management of Sows
March-2017 Congratulations to Dr. Mike Eisenmenger-2017 AASV Swine Practitioner of the Year, AASV Meeting and "Take Aways"
February-2017 SVC Swine Necropsy Day, Provide Ad-Lib Feed to Improve Reproductive Performance, Update on Prolapses in Sows, 2016 Iowa Pork All-American Goes to Time and Erin Brenneman of Brenneman Pork, Inc
January-2017 Ask our Pathologist, Regulatory Updates, Review of a Study on ANtibiotic Resistant Bacteria on a Swine Farm, Congratulations to the Compart Family-2017 "Minnesota Pork Board Family of the Year"
December-2016 Thank you and Happy New Year, Changes Effective January 1, Biosecurity Review...Don't "Track It Back" from Finishing, 5 Biosecurity Principles
November-2016 VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive)...The Last Hour!, VFD's Commonly Asked Questions, 2017 Requirements for Water Soluble Medications, Mycotoxins...What to Watch For
October-2016 2016 Leman Conference Highlights-GMO Debate, Gut Health and Antibiotic Use, Fall Preparation~Biosecurity, Feed Mill Audits-Let us know if you need one!
August-2016 Boar Stud Managers Conference, Need Continued Vigilance on Seneca Virus A!
July-2016 Seneca Virus A Update, Seneca Virus a Sero-Prevalence Study, Anual National Pork Industry Conference, Congratulations to the Norell Family
June-2016 Welcome Dr. Chris Sievers, Managing Heat Stress in the Breeding Herd, Biosecurity is Still Important During the Summer
May-2016 Optimizing gilt Performance, Dr. Jerry Torrison Named Director of UofM Veterinary Diagnostic Lab