Step-by-step guide to recruit US farm labor from Mexico

Taylor Rock, production supervisor at Heimerl Farms based in Johnstown, Ohio, spoke at the Annual Four Star Pork Industry Conference held in Muncie, Indiana in September. Rock shared his experience working with TN visas used to recruit and secure on-farm labor in the US.   “I have experience and an idea about how to help you save some money and

Meeting consumer needs: what consumers want from their food and pork

Paul Kalmbach, Jr., President with Kalmbach Feeds, spoke to attendees at the Annual Four Star Pork Industry Conference held in Muncie, Indiana in September about consumer trends and their impact on the pork industry and what producers can do on their farms to meet consumer and industry needs.   Kalmbach challenged the audience to think about their farm and the

Independent practice owners need expansion opportunities to stay viable & grow

While Daniel Hendrickson, DVM (Purdue ‘14) entered the veterinary medicine segment after graduation from college and running a family swine operation for five years, he saw the opportunities veterinarians could have if they focused on making sure the family farm prospered and livestock opportunities were seized. Growing up in East Central Indiana, Dr. Hendrickson was immersed in the commercial- and

Four Star Veterinary Service adds two new veterinarians to its lineup

Always searching for opportunities to expand and enhance its services, Four Star Veterinary Service (FSVS) has brought two new veterinarians on board. Lucas Buehler and Alexander Strauch will both be based out of FSVS’ Minton Veterinary Service clinic in Chickasaw, Ohio. The addition of Buehler and Strauch brings the FSVS lineup to 25 veterinarians working from eight clinics located in

Heat stress is about more than temperature and humidity

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.

Managing calf environment best way to prevent Mycoplasma bovis

Mycoplasma bovis tends to hit calves early on in life, especially those born on dairy farms, according to Dr. Bryant Chapman with Four Star Veterinary Service in Ohio.

US pork exports: Iowa State economist bearish short-term; bullish long-term

Dr. Dermot Hayes shared his outlook for U.S. pork exports at the Four Star Veterinary Service Pork Industry Conference.

Hot topics in swine nutrition and feed biosecurity

Dr. Jason Woodworth, swine nutritionist at KSU, spoke at the Four Star Veterinary Service Pork Industry Conference in mid-September about recent nutrition research.

New research on China’s shrinking agricultural land base and what it means for pork imports

Dr. Dermot Hayes shared original ongoing research on the Chinese agricultural market at the Four Star Veterinary Service Pork Industry Conference.