Slow your pigs down and watch weights closely to know when they’re unmarketable, says Spencer Wayne, DVM, with Pipestone Veterinary Services. He encourages producers to do their math and estimate profitability.
When considering raising pigs antibiotic-free or using less antibiotics in compliance with the new responsible use guidelines, vaccines become an even more vital part of the management strategy for herd health.
Paul Yeske, DVM, 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.
Swine nutritionist Dr. Jim Smith shares research findings on maintenance diets and how the pork industry has persevered with high-quality rations despite ingredient availability disruptions due to trade and COVID-19.
Before the champion barrow drive at The Exposition, the National Junior Swine Association and Team Purebred stopped the show for “Perspectives in Progress,” a panel of industry experts to discuss swine biosecurity.
Understanding why pigs tail-bite is a challenge for many producers, as the behavior is often sporadic. Researchers at the University of Minnesota says littermates are more prone to the abnormal behavior.
Mickie Trudeau explores antibiotic alternatives in nursery pigs at the University of Minnesota. She believes if you are willing to put the work in, ask for help and learn, you can be successful in the swine industry.