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Antibiotics sales for use in U.S. farm animals dropped in 2016: FDA

The sale and distribution of antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals in the United States decreased by 10 percent from 2015 to 2016, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report said on Thursday. It was the first decline in year-to-year sales since the FDA began collecting the data in 2009, according to food

Merck Animal Health Hosts Animal Welfare Symposium

Newly Formed Veterinary and Consumer Affairs Group Assembles Thought Leaders to Address “Advancing Animal Welfare Together” Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) hosted leading animal welfare experts together with subject matter experts from agriculture, food processing/packing and retail – restaurants and grocers in a first of its kind

News from Iowa Pork Industry Center — Advanced reproductive management seminars set in northwest and northeast Iowa

Pork producers are invited to attend either of two workshops focusing on advanced swine reproductive management topics scheduled for mid-December in northeast and northwest Iowa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa Pork Producers Association are sponsoring the seminars in Waverly and Le Mars. Target audience for these conferences is

Yeske: Provide better pig care — one animal at a time

As seen in Podcast: Play in new window | Download Taking time to walk the pens, make eye contact with each pig and pull the sick ones for individual care seems to conflict with the basic tenets and efficiencies of population medicine. “It is a big task, but we feel it’s a very important

Urine sampling can reliably detect penicillin residues in sows

As seen in Urine sampling is a reliable way to detect procaine penicillin G (PPG) residues prior to processing and may help producers avoid processing-plant violations, according to Locke A. Karriker, DVM, a professor at Iowa State University. Increasing incidence of PPG-residue detection in cull sows has been reported, due in part to changes

U.S. Pig Farmers Continue Focus on Antibiotic Stewardship

Pork Checkoff leads investment in antibiotic research America’s 60,000 pig farmers continue to make progress in their quest for superior antibiotic stewardship to help protect people, pigs and the planet. On their behalf, the National Pork Board is pleased again to celebrate U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and World Antibiotic Awareness Week with organizations such as

The dark side of pig mineral nutrition

When it comes to your animals’ mineral diet, you’ve likely never been thinking about “Star Wars” but just like the characters of the epic movie series, you have a choice to make. Do you go with organic trace minerals, or do you turn to the dark side: inorganics? It should be an easy choice, but

Smithfield Foods No.1 Global Mega Producer

Gregg Schmidt, President, Hog Production Division, Smithfield (left) Jamie Williams, Sales Representative, Genesus Inc (right) Program sponsored by Genesus Inc. in collaboration with National Hog Farmer   Twenty-seven pork producers with each over 100,000 sows can claim the title of Global Mega Producers this year. The Mega Global Producers are as diverse as their geographic

Iowa Pork Industry Center Rolls Out Euthanasia Workshop

Pork producers are committed to making sure their pigs receive proper humane animal care. But despite their best efforts, not every pig will make it to market. A new euthanasia workshop created by Dr. Anna Johnson, associate professor of animal science; Dr. Suzanne Millman, professor, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and biomedical science; and

Identification, Treatment and Prevention of Shoulder Lesions in Sows

Shoulder lesions are most commonly observed in sows during the weeks following farrowing. Long periods of lying combined with poor body condition can increase the likelihood of sows developing shoulder sores. The prevalence of shoulder lesions varies greatly depending on farm and sow factors, with anywhere from 10 to 50% of sows being affected. Shoulder

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