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Tail Biting - Making a Comeback?
Tail biting is a common and frustrating vice found in pigs that seems to be making a comeback. A "vice" is an abnormal behavior found in growing pigs that is not only detrimental for the pig but can also have a significant economic impact. It can reveal itself on a limited basis (such as starting with just a few pigs), or even impact a whole pen. If the incidence is low, it can be treated by just removing the affected pig(s) from the pen. But when you see a larger outbreak, you need to spend time determining and eliminating the cause.

Checklist for Summer Heat Management of Sows
Barn temperature in the summer can be critical to the welfare of sows and their piglets. Increased heat and humidity is uncomfortable for sows and can lead to death loss in extreme cases. Farm staff needs to do everything they can to keep animals as cool and comfortable as possible. This month's newsletter is an example of a checklist for your reference.

Recent Newsletters

Date/Link Articles
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
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