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Foreign animal diseases to look out for besides ASF

Provided by National Hog Farmer | Written by: Attila Farkas, DVM | May 2019   African swine fever is getting a lot of coverage in the media as outbreaks continue to occur across Asia and the European Union, while other foreign animal diseases are getting less “publicity” even though the introduction of these infectious agents would have similar economic effects and cripple the U.S. pork industry and exports. In modern day swine production, free trade agreements, free trade blocks, regionalization, increased international passenger travel and

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How to optimize cost of feed per pound of gain?

Provided by National Hog Farmer | Written by: Will Fombelle, DVM | April 2019   Oftentimes while summarizing a wean-to-finish closeout report, most producers will center their attention around metrics such as percent Grade A pigs, average daily gain and feed conversion rate. These metrics are very important to a producer’s bottom line; however a finishing production metric that does not get much publicity or attention is the “cost of feed per pound of gain.” When we compare “feed conversion rate” and “cost of feed

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African Swine Fever Round Table Part 2

Provided by Pig Health Today | January 2019 Roundtable: Industry structure, culture, wild boars team up to intensify ASF threat in China The discovery of African swine fever (ASF) in China’s wild boar population in late 2018 adds a new dimension to the already ominous disease threat — one that could possibly leave the Chinese to deal with endemic ASF for years to come. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST “ASF has moved farther in Asia during the first year of the outbreak than it has throughout the entire

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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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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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Carthage Diagnostic Laboratory – Open House

Carthage Veterinary Service, LTD. has a new diagnostic laboratory on the Carthage campus. Stanton Hall, which was formerly the Home Economics building of the old Robert Morris College, is now home to the Carthage Diagnostic Laboratory.  The building had also been used as a daycare facility by previous owners. There was a ribbon cutting to debut the facility on Monday, April 24. The new molecular laboratory replaces a smaller facility that was previously located in the main office and allows Carthage Veterinary Service to expand

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