Swine Management Services, a division of Purina Mills, has formed a management joint venture with Pipestone Veterinary Clinic of Pipestone, Minn.

The partnership will manage production of approximately 120,000 sows, with ownership divided evenly between Purina Mills and an affiliate of the Pipestone clinic.

Combined systems will consist of a network of Midwest hog operations. The veterinary clinic is part of the producer-owned Pipestone Systems, which includes Pipestone Artificial Breeders, Pipestone Veterinary Clinic, PVC Management Services and Ellison Meats.

In other news from Purina, the board of directors has set a special meeting for Sept. 5 to adopt the merger agreement and to approve the merger with Land O’ Lakes.