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Swine veterinarians shared these tips on cross fostering piglets. Do you agree?
1. Move pigs within 48 hours. It does no good to cross foster a 4-day old piglet to a colostrum (just-farrowed) sow. The older piglet's intestines are shut down to colostrum absorption. 2. Move...
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The Pork Checkoff releases video showcasing how pig farmers are using cutting-edge technology to make their farms even more sustainable.
The video is available at www.porkcares.org/our-practices/sustainability. Pig farmers are committed to safeguarding natural resources. As farmers, their livelihoods are tied to the land, and they...
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Tracking cases is latest measure to slow PED spread
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on April 18, 2014 announced that the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in order to slow the spread of...
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The March USDA report shows the deadly disease killed fewer pigs than expected
According to Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt, the headline for the March 2014 USDA Hogs and Pigs report could have been PEDv Losses Not as Large as Expected. “A week later,...
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On Saturday I gave a talk to 500 farmers entitled, "How Did This All Happen?" I didn't choose the title, but it's a good question for almost anything. In this case, the audience...
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In light of the devastating effects of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), there is increased need for strict biosecurity when pigs come together at shows and weigh-ins. The Pork Checkoff has...
1. Biosecurity for Organizers of Weigh-in or Tagging Events http://www.pork.org/filelibrary/resources/04166.pdf 2. Swine Health Recommendations: Organizers of Exhibitions and Sales http://www.pork...
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By Betsy Freese The story of Bob Christensen is tragic in many ways, as is the story of anyone who dies in the prime of life. How his family and his farm business, one of the largest pork production...
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Every fall I write an exclusive report on the swine industry for Successful Farming magazine called Pork Powerhouses. This is the 19th year I have collected data on the largest 25 pork producers in...
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Mark and Kristin produce high-quality pork and beef for restaurants
Mark and Kristin Boe of Ottawa, Illinois, raise purebred cattle and hogs that are served up at several Chicago restaurants. They started selling the products in 2010 when a neighbor down the road...
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This deadly new virus is spreading among swine herds
A highly-contagious virus called Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, or PED, is sweeping through American swine herds. The disease is transmitted from pig-to-pig through fecal material and close contact. So...

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