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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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2017 ASAS Midwestern Sections Meeting

The CISS team was successfully represented at the 2017 ASAS Midwestern Sections meetings by Laura Greiner, Amanda Graham and Luis Ochoa.  It was encouraging to see that the work conducted by CISS was of high quality and highly relevant to the industry.  This was evident not only by the large attendance at CISS’s seminars, but also by the large number of key industry and academy leaders that were present in the audience.  We are proud of our work and really thank everyone in the CISS

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AASV Awards

Laura Greiner, CVS Nutrition Director, received one of the three $35,000 2017 BI Awards for Advancing Research in Respiratory Disease.  Her research proposal that will be conducted through CISS is to investigate the impact of PRRS vaccination in piglets on lifetime performance. In addition, Laura received an additional $2,500 for the completion and release of her previous BI Award Proposal which evaluated different methods to reduce PRRS transmission in lairages. KT Wright, an owner in multiple Carthage System farms, received the Heritage Award of the American

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Sick Pig or Hungry Pig?

With a few basic observations, pig caretakers can quickly learn to identify sick pigs vs. hungry pigs and manage them accordingly. Clayton Johnson DVM  | Mar 17, 2017 Starting wean pigs is the most critical task in Wean-to-Finish production.  Pigs that start well quickly hit “cruise control” and unless interrupted by disease will experience rapid growth and feed conversion all the way to marketing.  Unfortunately, the opposite is also true, pigs that don’t start well require increased caretaker attention and resources.  Hard starting groups fight

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Integrated Veterinary Network, LLC

We are pleased to announce that Carthage Veterinary Service, LTD and Four Star Veterinary Service, LLC have entered into a new joint venture called Integrated Veterinary Network, LLC.  Four Star’s footprint in the eastern corn belt and Carthage’s practice area in the Midwest creates a company footprint covering a large portion of the swine production region of the US.  The combined companies have 23 veterinarians on staff with each individual veterinarian bringing unique expertise to the combined company. Both companies will continue to operate under

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