This month Dr. Sam reviews some fundamental ventilation concepts that will help set up a barn environment that both optimizes pig health and performance while keeping utility costs in-line.
Biosecurity ranks high on the list of concerns for swine veterinarians who want hog units tightened up to reduce disease. But the cost of new improvements can be overwhelming, according to Jordan Graham, DVM, MS, Swine Vet Center.
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.