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3rd Party Audits - Are You Prepared?
Third party audits have been in full swing this spring and summer, and with more auditors being certified with the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO), this trend is likely to continue. This month, SVC's Dr. Sam Holst gives us an update on packer audits and the most commonly missed points observed.

Highly Detectable Needles
While the probability of a broken needle ending up in a pork product is extremely low, it's an incident the industry cannot afford. In the early 2000's, the National Pork Board implemented the 'One is Too Many' campaign to prevent and detect broken needles. Today, third-party packer audits require farms to have standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place for needle usage. These SOPs need to contain sections on prevention of broken needles and identification of pigs suspected to be carrying a broken needle.

Additionally, packer audits require that the needles used on-farm must be the highly detectable type. Highly detectable needles are made from a stainless steel alloy which increases their detectability in metal detectors used at packing plants compared to standard aluminum needles.

Pork Avenue Training Portal-Now Available thru SVC
Swine Vet Center is excited to announce that we are now a distributor of Pork Avenue Training Portal. Pork Avenue Training Portal is a best-in-class training solution for the pork industry. It is used throughout the world to meet industry training requirements, improve production and welfare, increase employee retention, and increase profitability.

For more details, see our newsletter or contact Swine Vet Center (507) 934-3970 and ask for Ariane.

Congratulations to the Krohn Family
SVC is proud to congratulate the Warren, Rachel, Brent and Bryce Krohn family on having been named 2017 Nicollet County Farm Family of the Year. The Krohns finish hogs for Wakefield Pork, Inc., do crop farming and also have a manure pumping business. They will be recognized on August 3rd at Minnesota Farmfest and on August 11th at the Nicollet County Fair at 1:00 PM in Johnson Hall. The annual recipient of this award is chosen by a committee of past recipients and is based on "their demonstrated commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture and community involvement".


Recent Newsletters

Date/Link Articles
July-2017 3rd Party Audits-Are You Prepared?. Highly Detectable Needles, Pork Avenue Training Portal-Now Available Thru SVC, Congratulations to the Krohn Family
June-2017 Welcome Dr. Henry Johnson, New Products Seen at the World Pork Expo, More on Hot Weather Management, Recap of Recent North of 212 PRRS ARC Meeting
May-2017 Farrowing Piglet Scours: Prevention and Control, A New Approach to Fly Control for Swine Operations, In Memorium: Dr. Bob Morrison, Troubleshooting Guide to Scours in the Farrowing House
April-2017 Tail Biting - Making a Comeback?, Checklist for Summer Heat Management of Sows
March-2017 Congratulations to Dr. Mike Eisenmenger-2017 AASV Swine Practitioner of the Year, AASV Meeting and "Take Aways"
February-2017 SVC Swine Necropsy Day, Provide Ad-Lib Feed to Improve Reproductive Performance, Update on Prolapses in Sows, 2016 Iowa Pork All-American Goes to Time and Erin Brenneman of Brenneman Pork, Inc
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