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Ask our Pathologist
Many of you have inquired about recent Porcine Parvovirus (PPV1 and PPV2) testing on diagnostic cases submitted to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Stephanie Rossow, who performs the gross pathology, determines testing to be completed, looks at microscopic lesions and summarizes most of your diagnostic cases, gives us explanations of recent Parvovirus testing.

Regulatory Updates
SVC thanks all of you for your cooperation in getting us the necessary information to help us meet the January 1st deadline for complying with the new VFD regulations. To give you an idea of how the new rules impacted our office, we issued 512 VFD's in 2016 (the majority of them in the last few weeks of the year) and 47 more in the first week of January 2017. This compares with a total of 136 VFD's that were issued in 2015.

Just a reminder that the FDA ban on powdered gloves went into effect on Jan- uary 18th due to a ruling that the gloves are considered an adulterated product and unsafe for use. Powdered gloves MAY NOT be sold or used after 1-18-17 and their use is subject to FDA enforcement action. There are many powder-free glove alternatives available, including latex, nitrile and vinyl options.

Review of a Study on antibiotic Resistant Bacteria on a Swine Farm
Just a reminder of how important judicious use of antibiotics in food animals really is.

Congratulations to the Compart Family
The Compart Family of Nicollet, MN. was awarded the 2017 Minnesota Pork Board award for "Family of the Year". What began in the mid 1950's as a business selling breeding stock through on-farm production sales has evolved into world class high health genetics and the development of the family's branded meat program, "Compart Family Farms Premium Duroc" (also known as "The Black Angus of Pork"). Success has allowed the 3rd generation to join the family business as well as carry on the tradition of strong work ethic and community service that the Comparts are widely known for.

SVC is proud to work with and congratulates the Compart families of Dean & Kaye, Jim & Diana, Chris and Rochelle, and their parents Bonnie and the late Richard for their outstanding contributions to the industry and this well deserved award! (Source: MN.Pork Congress magazine.2017)

Recent Newsletters

Date/Link Articles
January-2017 Ask our Pathologist, Regulatory Updates, Review of a Study on ANtibiotic Resistant Bacteria on a Swine Farm, Congratulations to the Compart Family-2017 "Minnesota Pork Board Family of the Year"
December-2016 Thank you and Happy New Year, Changes Effective January 1, Biosecurity Review...Don't "Track It Back" from Finishing, 5 Biosecurity Principles
November-2016 VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive)...The Last Hour!, VFD's Commonly Asked Questions, 2017 Requirements for Water Soluble Medications, Mycotoxins...What to Watch For
October-2016 2016 Leman Conference Highlights-GMO Debate, Gut Health and Antibiotic Use, Fall Preparation~Biosecurity, Feed Mill Audits-Let us know if you need one!
August-2016 Boar Stud Managers Conference, Need Continued Vigilance on Seneca Virus A!
July-2016 Seneca Virus A Update, Seneca Virus a Sero-Prevalence Study, Anual National Pork Industry Conference, Congratulations to the Norell Family
June-2016 Welcome Dr. Chris Sievers, Managing Heat Stress in the Breeding Herd, Biosecurity is Still Important During the Summer
May-2016 Optimizing gilt Performance, Dr. Jerry Torrison Named Director of UofM Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
April-2016 Update on Enteric Disease Control, Ileitis Vaccine Options, Be Ready for Summer Weather, Erysipelas
March-2016 "Real World" VFD Discussion", SVC Swine Necropsy Day on April 1, How Do You Stack Up?, Update on the USDA Reimbursement for SECD Testing and Mandatory Reporting, 2016 AASV Meeting Recap
Febuary-2016 VFD's and Perscription Water Medications, Erysipelas Reminder, Posting Workshop, Congratulations to this Year's MN and IA State Pork Producer Association Award Recipients!
January-2016 In this month's newsletter, SVC's Dr. Sam Holst provides us with a summary of the regulations and how they will impact all of us in an easy-to-follow question and answer format.