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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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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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Best practices for managing and controlling neonatal diarrhea

             It is essential that strategies of prevention and control ensure a sanitized and temperature controlled environment to achieve an appropriate balance between the environmental pathogen        load and piglet immunity.  By Attila Farkas, DVM | June 16, 2017    Neonatal piglet diarrhea is a very common and relevant problem in modern pig production. It is associated with increased pre-weaning mortality, poor growth rates and variation in weight at    weaning. The newborn pig has an immature mucosal immune

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Swine audits provide animal care scorecard

          The overarching goal of the common audit process is to provide consumers greater assurance of the care taken by farmers and pork processors to improve animal well-being and food safety.     By Dyneah Classen, DVM | May 19, 2017 Harvest facilities (packers) have started third-party auditing requirements for hog farms supplying or marketing hogs to them. The audit programs initially varied by packer and were intended to assure consumers that the animals that produce their pork are well cared for

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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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Understanding late-finishing mortality

The cost of late mortality is significant in relation to early mortality. By Aaron J. Lower DVM | Apr 21, 2017 Much of the focus in wean-to-market pig production tends to be on getting weaned pigs placed, started on feed and going. That attention is warranted as we commonly observe early health issues coupled with the stress of getting pigs converted from milk-based to plant-based protein. In our race to get pigs to town, producers seem to shrug off late-finishing mortality in hopes of just getting to

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Swine Awards of Excellence – Seeking Nominations

Carthage Veterinary Service, LTD recognizes excellence in swine operations through its Swine Awards of Excellence.  Anyone wishing to bring recognition to the attention of a farm are encouraged to make nominations by completing the nomination form (attached or online) and returning it to CVS before June 30, 2017.  The Winners will be recognized at this year’s Annual CVS Swine Conference.  This program is designed to highlight the year and provide shared enjoyment of the outstanding people we work with in the swine production business! https://conference.hogvet.com/Information/AwardNomination

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Carthage Diagnostic Laboratory Open House

Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd will be hosting an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Carthage Diagnostic Laboratory on Monday, April 24 from 4-6 p.m.  The community is invited to attend.  The lab is located at 980B Center Street in Carthage.  Parking is available near the Carthage Veterinary Service main office at the 303 North Second Street location.  The ribbon cutting will occur at 4:00 p.m. followed by refreshments and tours of the lab. The Carthage Diagnostic Laboratory is located in

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Annual Swine Conference – Save the Date

Please Save the Date to attend the Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd 27th Annual Swine Conference held on Tuesday, August, 29, 2017! We will be hosting this year’s event on the scenic campus of Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. This conference is known for providing quick fire sessions with cutting edge information that you can implement the day after the conference. It is designed to provide speakers and focused breakout sessions on Breed-to-Wean, Wean-to-Market, and CEO/Management in order for attendees to hone in on their interests.

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