Monthly Archives: August 2017

4 ways to manage, eliminate PEDV within finishing systems

               Uncovering the route of disease introduction into a negative population may be the most important step in PEDV elimination.    By William Fombelle, DVM | August 25, 2017 Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has continued to greatly challenge the swine industry since its introduction into the American swine herd in May 2013. As we work through PEDV introductions in our wean-finish systems, it is important for producers to recognize that PEDV elimination is possible but does not come without the

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Management strategies can mitigate impact of seasonal infertility

       Further studies on photoperiod and hormonal changes will be essential to fully understanding the impact of seasonal infertility, but interventions serve as an aid in reducing its impact.    By Megan Schnur, DVM | July 21, 2017   Though swine are polyestrous, prior to domestication they were seasonal breeders. In North America pigs would become anestrous in the summer and early fall, presumably to avoid cold weather farrowing and reduce piglet mortality. Although clear evidence is lacking, these characteristics are thought to have been

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