New sow farm design minimizes disease transmission
A 2,200-sow, farrow-to-wean farm still under construction recently opened its doors for the public to see the latest technology
A 2,200-sow, farrow-to-wean farm still under construction recently opened its doors for the public to see the latest technology in hog building design.
By Daniel A. Nelson, PhD,
Senior nutritionist, pork technical services,
During farrowing and lactation, sows can easily develop shoulder sores, which in turn become infected. Could a little padding help?
The world of diagnostics is expanding. Instead of focusing on individual animals, population-based diagnostics help veterinarians and producers identify the health status of their barns more quickly and efficiently.
TOOLBOX, Issue 16: An interview with Meggan Bandrick, DVM, PhD Associate Director, Global Biologics Research, Zoetis
Vaccines have provided effective control options for PCV2, but vertical transmission remains a challenge for some farms.
As piglets move from the sow farm to the growing stage, it’s important to know their porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) status.
A pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a dramatic, easy-to-identify event within the farrowing room. The difficult part is figuring out the cause and applying a solution.
Swine veterinarians putting in long days on the road caring for pigs should be just as cognizant of their own health and nutritional needs.
Helping piglets make a smooth transition at weaning is always a priority, but bacterial pathogens such as Streptococcus suis and Haemophilus parasuis can make that goal particularly challenging.
TOOLBOX, Issue 10: An interview with Daniel Nelson, PhD, PAS, Senior Swine Nutritionist, Zoetis
In the past 30 years, the growth and body composition of US market hogs has changed dramatically, but the same cannot be said for dietary vitamin and mineral levels.
Pain management for pigs has always been a challenge, partly because it’s difficult to measure levels of pain and partly because there are no FDA-approved drugs labeled for pain management in pigs.
The US pork industry has a good track record for using antibiotics responsibly, but how should it be graded for its efforts? By volume? Types of antibiotics used? Resistance trends?
An alternative technique to physical castration could offer US hog producers a host of financial and management benefits.
Feed and feed ingredients are generating a lot of interest as possible vectors in transmitting swine diseases.
Between tight margins and constant herd-health challenges, pork producers are always looking for new ways to increase efficiencies and profits while also increasing transparency.
Brian Payne, DVM, technical services veterinarian at Zoetis, recently talked with editors of Pig Health Today about African swine fever (ASF) and the possible risks of importing the virus through feed ingredients.
The AVMA has published its first ever Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals to help veterinarians support animal welfare in situations where the difficult decision to depopulate has been made.