SVC News

How long do mycoplasma-negative herds stay negative?
Most hog farms successfully stamp out mycoplasma pneumonia when they work with their veterinarian to eliminate the disease. The challenge is preventing reinfection. If the herds remain negative after the first 8 months, they became reinfected at a much slower rate over a much longer time than the herds turning positive in 8 months, reported Paul Yeske, DVM, Swine Vet

Lessons learned from recent Seneca Valley outbreaks
The Seneca Valley virus (SVV) is proving to be something of a test case for swine producers’ and veterinarians’ preparedness for foreign animal diseases (FADs). While SVV is not an FAD, nor does it pose a harsh economic penalty for infected herds, the virus does produce lesions on the pig’s snout, feet and coronary bands that are indistinguishable from FADs,

Yeske: Multiple factors contributing to rising sow-mortality rates
The spike in sow-mortality rates in recent years has everyone in the US pork industry searching for answers. Don’t expect any simple solutions, however.  In most cases, multiple factors lead to mortality or declines in sow performance, according to Paul Yeske, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota. “Like many different things in the industry, it’s multi-factorial…not just one thing,”

Gilt acclimatization, reduced shedding keys to curbing downstream M. hyo disease
Research shows that if more piglets are positive for M. hyo at weaning, there will be more problems in finishers, with decreased average daily gain, increased mortality and poor feed conversion.

Practicing precision animal health
Ross Kiehne, DVM, practices what he calls “precision animal health.”

SVC Newsletter – June 2019
Secure Pork Supply Plan / New PQA Plus 4.0 / Hemorrhagic Bowel Syndrome