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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 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.

When swine medicine crossed over to human medicine
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.

Pork industry struggled but found its footing during the COVID-19 crisis
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.

Highly infectious PRRS variant causes high mortalities on sow farms
A variant of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus is taking a heavy toll on hog farms in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.

Tactics to reset herd health learned during COVID-19
Pork producers learned many lessons during the COVID-19 crisis, including how to improve herd health.

How hog farms used COVID-19 to improve herd health status
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.

Packing plant closures lead to big lessons learned from COVID-19
Nothing in his lifetime could have prepared Paul Yeske, veterinarian at Swine Vet Center, for the painful fallout from COVID-19 that hit the clinic and its clients.

Is reducing inflammation key to improving PRRS control?
PRRS continues to be a critical concern to the U.S. pork industry. The combined production losses associated with PRRS in breeding and growing-pig herds are estimated at more than $663 million, and that doesn’t include secondary infections.

Batch farrowing makes a comeback on small- to medium-sized sow farms
The practice of farrowing sows in groups and not continuously is making a reappearance as small- to medium-sized sow farms seek ways to stay competitive.

Prepare for African swine fever outbreak with Secure Pork Supply plan
A growing threat of African swine fever has convinced US pork producers to prepare for the worst with a Secure Pork Supply plan, reports Paul Yeske, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota.

Mycoplasma elimination possible, but more difficult on farrow-to-finish sites
With the right program in place, eliminating mycoplasma pneumonia is possible on many hog farms.

Is fogging an M. hyo-elimination option for your swine herd?
Paul Yeske, DVM, with the Swine Vet Center in St. Peter, Minn., has seen repeatable success with M. hyo elimination, along with the downstream effect of lower cost of production, better average daily gain, better feed efficiency and lower mortality.