Inside the System

Animal Health and Biosecurity Drive Changes, Growth for Family Operation

Harold & Pam

Adapting to a changing industry and adopting new business and management practices has allowed Harold Dekkers and his family to maintain and grow the Hawarden, Iowa, farm that has been in his family for decades. “I’ve lived in the same

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Antibiotic resistance: Pipestone Investigates at the Farm Level

Dr. Joel Nerem

By: Ann Hess, editor at National Hog Farmer Ever since the Center for Disease Control released their 2013 report, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, stating that each year at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and

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A Team of Experts at Your Sow Farm

PIpeVet Parkston-9820

Running a sow farm is complex and labor intensive, which is why over 400 independent producers rely on Pipestone System to manage their sow farm.  The concept of the Pipestone System is simple, a group of independent producers come together

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Dr. Dee’s Research Provides Undisputable Evidence for Resposible Use of Antibiotics


On December 6, 2018, the first large-scale scientifically validated trial to better understand the importance of responsible antibiotic use in clinically sick pigs was published in PLOS ONE, the Public Library of Science. This journal is #1-2 in the world

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Measure. Monitor. Move: Three Simple Steps to Pork Production Records


MEASURE. MONITOR. MOVE.  Three simple steps to pork production records.  Well, maybe not always simple, but certainly valuable.  The 2018 USDA census puts the U.S. at 75 million pigs.  Pork production is a competitive business.  Long gone are the days

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Foreign Animal Disease: Preparing for the Worst

Brent pepin

Everyone who works with pigs is likely aware of the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) across Europe and Asia. This seemly unstoppable sweeping of disease is a concern for swine farmers worldwide. Even with a vast ocean separating North

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