With all that has happened in 2020, it will be good to look forward to 2021. As we approach the end of the year, it is a good idea to review the production records for the year and set goals for 2021.
Lameness is now the leading cause of mortality in mid- to late-finishing pigs. How did lameness develop into such a big problem?
Ventilation systems in hog buildings need regular check-ups to prevent environmental issues that can compromise pig health.
According to historical SHIC data, PRRS typically reaches the epidemic threshold each year between the middle of October and the middle of November. PED is also more active in the winter, with historical December and January epidemic beginnings.
When faced with the COVID-19 crisis, some producers made the most of the situation by depopulating to get rid of disease issues, according to Paul Yeske, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota.
High wean-to-finish mortality continues to trouble the pork industry. While lowering rates is possible, it’s not easy, reported Ryan Strobel, DVM, and Chris Sievers, DVM, with Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota.