SVC News

What does a Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship mean for your operation?
As news of Iowa’s VCPR changes have come into action, many producers have been left wondering what that means for their operations. What constitutes a VCPR in my state? Why do I need one? How do I know if my VCPR is valid? Can I use telemedicine for this purpose? These are all questions we have heard in the last year.

Preparing for feeding sows, market pigs in winter
Thermal stress can affect swine performance at both ends of the thermometer, especially in northern climates such as Minnesota, the Dakotas and Iowa.

Breaking down the SDRS, what it means to the swine producer
Many successful truck wash operations utilize an internal audit system where someone is responsible for monitoring processes as trucks and trailers move through the wash, according to Dr. Erin Kettelkamp with the Swine Vet Center.

Truck wash audits, SOPs boost biosecurity
Many successful truck wash operations utilize an internal audit system where someone is responsible for monitoring processes as trucks and trailers move through the wash, according to Dr. Erin Kettelkamp with the Swine Vet Center.

Summertime coccidiosis challenges in pigs
The hot, humid days of summer often bring the challenge of coccidiosis in pre-weaned piglets in the farrowing barn, but that challenge has now become more prevalent year-round, according to Dr. Laura Bruner with the Swine Vet Center in St. Peter, Minn.

APP focuses attention on finisher unit biosecurity
While biosecurity remains the best option for managing Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (APP) outbreaks in swine finishing barns, the recent APP outbreaks in the Midwest has spotlighted biosecurity gaps in this phase of production, according to Swine Vet Center veterinarian Dr. Ethan Spronk.

How to manage herd closure for PRRS elimination
Herd closures to eliminate porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) are on the increase due in part to the virulent variant identified as PRRS 1-4-4 L1C.

Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae elimination becomes possible
Creating Mycoplasma-stable herds is difficult, so many producers have decided to eliminate it from their systems, reported Paul Yeske, DVM, Swine Vet Center. Could statewide elimination of the disease be next?

How to avoid winter ventilation pitfalls
During winter, swine facilities usually operate at minimum-ventilation rates. But if those rates aren’t correct, high humidity and excess gases will build up leading to increased disease and reduced growth rates.

Tighten up biosecurity protocols for supply and equipment entry
All types of supplies and equipment enter a hog farm, putting the operation at risk of a disease outbreak. Improved biosecurity protocols with layering help minimize the risks, reported Erin Kettelkamp, DVM, Swine Vet Center.

Nursery transition tied to increase in pig scours
Changes to a piglet’s gut brought on by weaning may allow rotavirus an opportunity to cause some issues with scours, according to Ross Kiehne, DVM, Swine Vet Center.

How to attract people to work on your hog farm
The biggest issue facing most hog farms today is a shortage of workers, according to Laura Bruner, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota.

M. hyo elimination or control: ‘We have the tools to succeed’
Hog farmers and veterinarians no longer have to accept the poorer performance that results from M. hyo infection. Whether the decision is to control or eliminate M. hyo, there are numerous tools available, and the payoff is real.

Filtration audits help prepare for PRRS season
Regular biosecurity checks with a close look at filtration and ventilation systems will help prevent the spread of airborne pathogens like PRRS, according to Jeff Feder, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota.

New group prepares for possible ASF outbreak
The new Swine Health Improvement Program is designed to help the pork industry maintain exports in the face of a foreign animal disease outbreak.

Late-weaned, parity-1 sows benefit from skipped cycle
New gilts entering a farrowing room face some big demands for animals still maturing while supporting their first litters.

Don’t forget biocontainment of disease when following biosecurity plans
The latest disease outbreaks fueled by new disease variants are good reminders that the best biosecurity plans must include strategies to keep disease contained within a barn as well as ways to prevent new disease outbreaks.

Weaned-pig market heats up after PRRS 1-4-4 outbreaks
A strong weaned-pig market this summer indicates the magnitude of the PRRS 1-4-4 variant outbreak in the US pork industry.

How to minimize summer’s impact on sow fertility
Sow reproductive performance drops off in the summer, and this year will be no different, according to Paul Yeske, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota.

Dry fog with common disinfectants decontaminates supply rooms
Hog producers discouraged to learn foggers don’t fully disinfect a supply room should not close the door on the biosecurity method yet. New research spearheaded by Erin Kettelkamp, DVM, with Swine Vet Center, found a better solution.

Nasty PRRS variant continues to spread undeterred by summer’s heat
The virulent porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) variant identified as PRRS 1-4-4 continues its destructive march through hog farms, even in the heat of summer.