Each summer high temperature and humidity are inevitable, and cattlemen try to prepare for those extreme periods. But many other factors can trigger heat stress in cattle and add to their overall stress, impacting the outcome, said Taylor Engle, DVM, Four Star Veterinary Clinic (FSVS). Producers should start by monitoring their 7-day weather outlook every day. Fortunately, there are many
Mentoring pays off BIG when attracting young swine vets to the industry
Laura Carroll, DVM (NCST ‘16) is a prime example of the trend in veterinary medicine. She grew up in the suburbs and had no ag background. Her original career path was heading toward human medicine when fate landed her a part time job at a veterinary clinic while in undergrad school. She developed a passion for veterinary medicine. “After graduating
How to manage sows with uniform body condition technique
Dr. Mark Knauer, Swine Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University, spoke at the Four Star Veterinary Pork Industry Conference held in Fort Wayne, Indiana in mid-September about the importance of maintaining ideal body condition in the sow herd. “Thin and fat sows reduce profit,” said Dr. Knauer. “With thin sows, we have animal wellbeing concerns and if you look
Hemorrhagic tracheitis requires attention
Swine producers may be facing an emerging respiratory condition without really knowing about it.