Spray-dried porcine plasma and PEDv

Posted on February 14, 2014 in Swine Performance
By Dr. Dean Koehler As our industry continues to react to and manage the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) outbreak, we’ve received many questions regarding spray-dried porcine plasma (SDPP) and the potential for the virus to spread through this feed ingredient.  Following are answers to a few common questions we’ve received to help bring some

Get ready: Winter is on the way

Posted on November 7, 2013 in Swine Performance
By Spencer Jones Winter is drawing near and that means that pork production operations have quite a few projects to check off the list before the snow falls.  As we’re busy wrapping up harvest, it’s easy to overlook the simple things.  Let’s take just a couple of moments to brush up on some of the

Top harvest priority: Stay safe

Posted on October 22, 2013 in Swine Performance
By Scott Hall, Vita Plus safety director Grain harvest is quickly approaching.  As we get ready for the season, let’s take a moment to remember the number one priority:  stay safe. With Mother Nature often in the driver’s seat, harvest is naturally a stressful and exhausting time.  Don’t add to that stress with the tragedy

Give your nursery pigs the right start

Posted on August 30, 2013 in Swine Performance
By Brendan Corrigan It’s common to observe significant differences in the activity levels, average weights, weight distributions within groups, and health statuses of groups of newly weaned pigs; and typical observations for these factors certainly vary from herd to herd.  These differences result from multiple variables, including disease exposure and immune development, genetic makeup of

PED update: Disease spread appears to be slowing

Posted on July 22, 2013 in Swine Performance
By Dr. Dean Koehler Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) continues to be a big concern in the pork industry.  Dr. Darin Madson of the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory presented a PED update at the recent Iowa Swine Day. He reported that the number of confirmed positive premises in the U.S. had risen to 210. 

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Facts

Posted on June 12, 2013 in Swine Performance
By Dr. Dean Koehler By now, everyone associated with the U.S. swine industry has heard about the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) outbreak that first hit the United States in mid-April.  This disease is caused by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). The severe diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration symptoms of PED are indistinguishable from TGE, which

The profit opportunity of increased ADG

Posted on June 4, 2013 in Swine Performance
By Nate Brown Over the past several years, pork producers and consultants have increased focus on concepts such as optimum market weight, Full Value Pigs© and other measures that attempt to define the dynamics of optimizing profits based on hog market weight. No matter what model or calculations are used, the process of defining what

Group housing for sows: Can it be done effectively?

Posted on May 7, 2013 in Swine Performance
By Dr. Dean Koehler With a lot of pressure to move toward group housing for sows, Dr. Tom Parsons, associate professor of swine medicine in the Department of Clinical Studies – New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, joined us at the Vita Plus Swine Summit to share his insight. Parsons studies

All in…

Posted on April 4, 2013 in Swine Performance
More than 150 pork producers, Vita Plus staff and industry partners recently gathered in Morton, Minnesota for the Vita Plus Swine Summit 2013.  This year’s event centered on the theme “All in…” as attendees learned about cutting-edge research and tools from top-notch speakers.  They also spent time networking and learning from fellow progressive producers from

Corn prices: A guessing game

Posted on March 15, 2013 in Swine Performance
By Brendan Corrigan We’ve been hearing a lot of guesses about where corn prices will be this summer.  Some say $3.50.  Some say $9. The USDA reports that 96 million acres of corn will be planted in 2013.  Jerry Gulke, president of the Gulke Group, an agribusiness research and marketing firm, says that if that

Who do you trust?

Posted on January 25, 2013 in Swine Performance
By Jim Garrison We all have a level of trust within our immediate family.  We have a level of trust with our business partners.  We have a level of trust within our best and most long-term friendships. We also have trust in our doctors or pastors. But do you trust all of the people with

This little piggy went to market and this little piggy stayed home

Posted on January 15, 2013 in Swine Performance
By Julie Salyer Over the years, producers have used many different to help lower economic loss by answering the questions of “when” and “how many” pigs to top, leading to lower group weight variation when taking pigs to market. However, many might still be missing the mark. Vita Plus has adopted helpful tools that map

Give them some air…good air

Posted on December 28, 2012 in Swine Performance
By Brendan Corrigan The recent heavy snows and strong winds in the Midwest have me thinking about barn ventilation. Not in reference to the correct set points and heater offsets, but rather the production, circulation and removal of heat and moisture in the barns. Extreme weather such as snow, wind and ice can wreak havoc

It apparently does take two to tango

Posted on December 14, 2012 in Swine Performance
By Jessica Boehm More than 300 producers attended the Midwest Pork Conference in Danville, Indiana last week.  This is a one-day conference focused on the topics that matter to the livelihood of hog producers.  It inspired pork producers to keep up the good work as well as provided suggestions to further improve their production to

Could Choice White Grease now be pricing in at your farm?

Posted on December 1, 2012 in Swine Performance
By Julie Salyer By now, we have all felt the strain of this year's higher grain prices. As prices for corn and soybean meal remain high and uncertainty of futures continues, we are often seeking options for relief.  It is as important as ever to work with your local Vita Plus consultant to constantly explore

Pellets or meal? Which is better?

Posted on October 26, 2012 in Swine Performance
By Julie Salyer Feeding pelleted diets to finishing pigs has been shown to improve feed conversion by 5 to 8 percent. High feed costs have led producers to re-evaluate the economics of feeding pellets in all phases of swine production. Some factors to take into consideration when contemplating whether to pellet swine diets include feed