Pork Magazine Health Articles:

Meeting the Mycotoxin Challenge

Mycotoxins produced by certain corn molds can be particularly problematic for pigs.



Some Old and New Thoughts on Farrowing Induction

Farrowing induction is a production tool that’s been used for years in the swine industry. 

Tap Into Water Quality

As an essential nutrient in pig production, fresh, high-quality drinking water tends to be taken for granted. Water is too often overlooked as a potential source of a problem, even if performance issues arise within a herd



Can You Hear Me?

Feeding and breeding sows, handling piglets, operating a tractor, power washing and grinding feed are among the many noisy tasks required to make a swine operation successful. But did you know that frequent and prolonged exposure to noise, especially levels above 85 decibels, can result in permanent hearing loss?



Winter’s Coming: Are You Ready?

This terrific autumn weather makes it fun to work in the hog barn. You don’t need supplemental heat, yet the hogs are comfortable day and night, and the breeding herd cooperates better now that it’s not so hot. This is the perfect time to prepare for winter so that you don’t find yourself out in subzero weather tackling an emergency. So, here are some places to start.

Keep Lactating Sows Eating  

Modern sows are younger and leaner at mating and have poorer appetites than in the past. Therefore, feeding strategies should aim to minimize body weight loss and maintain a sow’s body condition to ensure longevity in the breeding herd.

We Can Do Better Than Average 

Over the past 25 years, U.S. pork production has fundamentally changed in order to efficiently meet a growing global population’s food demands while also dealing with a changing workforce.



Viremia Control Crucial for PCVAD

Porcine circovirus associated disease is a challenging and costly disease for the U.S. pork industry today.



What You Need to Know About Porcine Respiratory Disease 

From my recent visits to intensive pig farms and conversations with other veterinarians, there appears to be a sharp increase in the number of porcine respiratory disease incidents over the past few months.



Health: Doing the Right Things, and Doing Things Right 

Those of us in the midst of an animal-health fire understand that things don’t always unfold as we plan. But if we’re honest, we also will admit that sometimes things go right in spite of our plan.



Speed, Training Keys to Piglet Processing  

Piglet processing involves routine procedures that industry outsiders often criticize as causing pain, stress and reduced animal well-being.

 

Influenza: A Dynamic Disease and Dynamic Challenge 

Like porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, swine influenza virus is a dynamic RNA agent that continually evolves, facilitating an ever-changing antigenic interface with the host’s immune response. In simple terms, the virus goes incognito.



Inspect Piglets During Processing  

There is plenty to do when it’s time to process piglets, and workers often get in a hurry, but be sure to have them take time to inspect piglets for various ailments and abnormalities.



Disease solutions come from understanding and execution 

The annual American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ meeting is always a good opportunity for our profession to exchange ideas and look ahead.



Which Comes First: Chicken or the Egg? 

There has been much success in providing tools to address porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome. But we need to ask: Do we stabilize the sow farms first, as we are currently doing, or do we stabilize the growing-pig population first?



PRRS eradication: AASV in action 

Status quo for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome is not an option. Here’s an update on AASV’s action plans to move on its long-term PRRS eradication goal.



You Can Wean Large Litters 

Today’s sows are much more prolific than older genetics, with the average number of pigs born alive per litter now running 12 to 13 on many farms.



Moving Newborn Pigs Forward

More pigs born = more pigs to market, provided that you manage them right all the way through the system.



Real-world Ileitis Strategy Pays Off

When your recommendations can affect nearly 2 million pigs across several states, you tend to do your homework.



Disease solutions come from understanding and execution

The annual American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ meeting is always a good opportunity for our profession to exchange ideas and look ahead. It’s key to accomplishing AASV’s cornerstone mission: Increase the knowledge of swine veterinarians.