Two lingering cases of PED at different finishing units were frustrating Ross Kiehne, veterinarian with Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota. A possible solution was a disinfectant that could safely be fogged into barns with pigs present.
Eliminating PRRS virus from a breeding herd is not a simple task, and no herd acts exactly like the next, according to Brad Leuwerke, DVM, with Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota.
The tools used countless times to eradicate disease in sow herds and on hog farms became the tools to help pork packing plants reopen last spring after shutting down due to COVID-19.
PRRS is a viral disease, causing endometrial inflammation leading to abortions, stillborns and mummified fetuses. Ross Kiehne, DVM, with Swine Vet Center, conducted a study to evaluate the use of the injectable antimicrobial Draxxin® (tulathromycin) administered to gestating sows during a PRRS virus outbreak.
The pork industry entered one of its darkest periods in spring 2020 when COVID-19 forced the shutdown of several packing plants. Paul Yeske, DVM, Swine Vet Center in St. Peter, Minnesota, helped hog producers in the area work through the closures.
This month, we congratulate Doc Tim for being the recipient of the 2021 Minnesota Pork Board Distinguished Service Award and we discuss the importance of record keeping for the swine industry.