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African Swine Fever Round Table

Provided by Pig Health Today | November 2018   The rapid spread of African swine fever (ASF) throughout China and other regions of the world has raised concerns the disease will ultimately make its way to the US — a development that could cripple the nation’s pork industry if it doesn’t adequately prepare. That was the ominous warning of three US swine veterinarians who came together for a roundtable discussion on ASF following their recent trip to China. The informative session was organized by the

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Antimicrobial Stewardship

Provided by Aaron Lower, DVM | September 2018   FDA CVM published this month their 5 year plan to support antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary settings.  I summarized the 5 most relevant to our businesses below.  It is of interest to see where we are going with regard to antimicrobial usage.  Develop duration of use on all antimicrobial – 40% don’t have one Move injectable medically important antibiotics to Rx – 5% of total antimicrobial usage Move from educational to compliance inspections of the VFD process. 

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African Swine Fever in Feed Information

Provided by Aaron Lower, DVM | September 2018   ASF biosecurity: The “Frequently asked questions about ASFV and CSFV in feed” is a good summary document to read regarding making decisions about your feed ingredients and mill.  The general consensus seems to be ~60 days from production if stored at room temperature should be relatively safe.  It depends on a lot of factors so the range you may hear is 30-100 days.  Work with your suppliers on identifying ingredients that come from eastern Europe and

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African Swine Fever Progress in China

Provided by Aaron Lower, DVM | September 2018   This is a summary report from China on the current situation of African Swine Fever.  They are reporting approximately 15 outbreaks to date.   To download a copy of the report, please click here.

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African Swine Fever Webinar

Presented by Attila Farkas, DVM | August 2018   In an effort to continue to keep you informed of the ever changing dynamics of pig production, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd hosted a webinar on African Swine Fever on Friday, August 31 from 6:30 – 7 a.m. CST. This webinar provided you with important updates and pertinent information on African Swine Fever.   To download a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, please click here.

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Hard lessons have been learned with PEDV, PDCoV

By Aaron Lower, DVM | November 2017 The industry is embarking on its fifth winter of managing porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and porcine deltacoronavirus. As we move into our seasonal epidemic, it is important to review the key exclusion and management principles that we have learned over the past five years. We have learned some hard lessons as an industry. Do not let time fade our memories and become complacent. Industry has made great progress Courtesy of the University of Minnesota and Dr. Bob Morrison’s

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Jared Murphy – General Manager

We want to welcome Jared Murphy to the Carthage Veterinary Service team! Jared recently came on board as our General Manager.  He and his family are life-long Carthage community members, and he has been active in many local community groups.  Please help us welcome Jared to Carthage Veterinary Service!

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Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae: Elimination or control?

By Clayton Johnson, DVM | October 2017   For decades, we’ve lived with Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo) and have come to accept it as an endemic pathogen of swine. Heck, we even named it “enzootic pneumonia,” which implies this respiratory pathogen will forever hinder pig growth and producer profitability. Now is not the time to surrender and accept M. hyo as a fact of swine production. In fact, as respiratory challenges from other viruses continue to mount, the economic impact of M. hyo becomes even greater.

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2017 CVS Annual Conference-Biggest One Yet!

The Annual Conference held in Macomb, IL on Aug. 29 was the biggest one in the conference’s history. More than 689 registered. As part of the program, individuals, groups, and farms are recognized for excellence in swine operations through its Swine Awards of Excellence. This program is designed to highlight the year and provide shared enjoyment of the outstanding people we work with in the swine production business. Awards were presented by Dr. Joe Connor. Not pictured but receiving awards included: Kevin Avise (Good Neighbor), Riverview Orleans Finisher – Carie Nalley (Outstanding Finisher);

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Investing in new employees critical to success

      Taking a systematic approach to training and remaining humble can help reduce turnover and allow you to recuperate the initial investment in employee training many times over.    By Neal Benjamin, DVM | September 15, 2017   Bringing new employees up to speed quickly and giving them tools they need to succeed long term is critical to the longevity of any business especially hog farming. Unfortunately hog farmers struggle to find quality skilled workers and despite offering competitive wages turnover remains a problem across

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