Day-1 pig care is essential, but we also need to recognize that sow care is an important component of it.
Cattle suffering from heat stress will go off feed and, in some cases, become more susceptible to respiratory disease. A few tactics can reduce the effects of hot weather.
The cause of high sow-mortality rates may be tough to determine, but producers can take steps to address the problems and lower rates.
Hog production today involves detailed biosecurity plans to prevent disease outbreaks. But keeping up biosecurity protocols can become tedious.
“Everything we do for calves in the first 6 weeks will dictate how they perform for the rest of their life,” stated Taylor Engle, DVM, with Four Star Veterinary Service in Chickasaw, Ohio.
One of the most common questions Daniel Brown, DVM, hears from swine clients is what vaccinations are needed and when should they be given.