Fine tuning your management plan for substandard pigs

Providing proper care and environments for piglets can ease transition into the nursery phase. FULL STORY »

It’s not all ‘Bugs and Drugs’

Remember the “disease triad” during on-farm troubleshooting of non-infectious causes of disease. FULL STORY »

Hidden impacts of FMD

Outbreaks of foot and mouth disease (FMD) result in a range of direct and indirect costs, and public opinion can play a significant role in response and outcomes. Those were key messages as Sebastian Heath, VetMB, PhD, branch chief of program development with the Federal Emergency Management Agency kicked off this week’s FMD Symposium in Louisville, Ky. The symposium, focusing on FMD preparedness, took place in conjunction with the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s annual conference. FULL STORY »

Group distorts resistance data to blame farmers

Just days after the release of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report showing that medical doctors annually are prescribing enough antibiotics to give them to 80 percent of Americans, a group today is set to issue its own report, claiming that antibiotics use in food animals is the main cause for people developing antibiotic-resistant diseases. FULL STORY »

BIVI Swine Health Seminar covers “vertical” disease transmission

Boehringer Ingelheim (BIVI) hosted its Swine Health Seminar as a kick-off to the 44th annual American Association of Swine Veterinarians meeting being held in San Diego this week. FULL STORY »

Work with your veterinarian on drug protocols

Protocols spell out the treatment plan on farm for animal disease problems. All drug use on the farm should be covered in protocols. FULL STORY »

Terramycin 200 now available as a granular formulation

Phibro Animal Health Corporation announces that Terramycin 200 (oxytetracycline) antibiotic is now available as a granular formulation that provides significant advantages for feed mills and producers alike. FULL STORY »

Heavier-born pigs may result in greater long-term productivity

Sow nutrition and management can help producers meet birth weight benchmarks. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Extreme cold complicates facility heating

Yesterday I was at a new nursery site that went into use last summer. With the extreme cold weather, the owner was having difficulty keeping temperatures stable in the pig zone. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Packer animal welfare programs

At the Iowa and Minnesota Pork Congress, Hormel met with producers who supply live hogs to their slaughter plants. FULL STORY »

IHOP, Applebee's removing gestation-sow stalls from the menu

Restaurant giant, DineEquity, Inc., became the third company this week to announce their decision to end the use of gestation-sow stalls in their pork supply chain. DineEquity’s policy change will affect food served at 3,500 IHOP and Applebee's restaurants. FULL STORY »

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