Make Insect Control a Priority
ummer time is here. If there's one thing that can spoil the fun of record high hog prices or a backyard BBQ like none other , it is pesky flies and mosquitoes. The heat and humidity at this time of year provides an ideal breeding environment for insects, and all too often their presence can overwhelm a hog barn. In addition to being a nuisance to both pigs and people in the barns, there can be big deductions atthe slaughter plant for hogs that arrive with insect bites. Many times insect bites may not be very discernible on live animals, but show up veryprominently after the scalding and dehairing steps. Excessive bites will lead to USDA requiring that the affected areas of the skin be trimmed,resulting in lower carcass weights. This increased carcass trim can cost anywhere from $5 to $10 per pig.
ANOTHER REMINDER: WE NEED YOUR PREMISE ID!
By now you've probably received a letter from your State Board of Animal Health explaining the federal order requiring diagnostic laboratories to report herds that are positive for the swine enteric coronavirus diseases (SECD), specifically PEDv and PDCov. To meet this new requirement, your national premises identification number (PIN) MUST BE LISTED on the lab submission form. Testing will no longer be done without a PIN on the form. Please call or fax your PIN into our office to avoid delays in diagnostic submissions. If you fax it to us, please make sure to include your name. Having a PIN on the submission form also saves time by eliminating the need to list your name and address. If you would like barcode stickers, please let us know or contact the U of MN VDL directly at 800-605-8787.
SURVIVING A THIRD PARTY AUDIT
Increasing consumer perception and image concerns have prompted several major packers to begin conducting third-party site audits of their pork suppliers. Many have hired the auditing firm Validus to conduct these on-farm assessments. All projections indicate that these audits will only increase in frequency, and sooner or later it is likely that your name will be on their list.