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5 Ways to Better Use Your Money 

01.18.2017                                    

When things get tight, a logical first step is to start trimming cost. When doing this, be careful. Things were put in place for a reason... make sure that the reason is still attended to. Here are some health examples regarding ... Read More. 


Give a Helping Ham 

01.18.2017                               

As I begin to wrGive a Helping Ham made it easy for community members to get involved in giving back to their local food bank. All you had to do was purchase a ham from participating store the week before Christmas, and PIPESTONE.. Read More


PART: Record, Review, and Respond

01.18.2017                                 

Antibiotic Use & Antibiotic Resistance (amongst animal welfare and gestation stalls) is one of the top concerns that consumers have today with how their food is raised. The concern is ... Read More. 


Wean to Market PRRS Control Strategies 

12.20.2016                                    

As I begin to write this article it is 6:00AM and its 38 degrees outside and I can't see my neighbor's house because of the fog. Unfortunately, the first thing that comes to mind is this is a day that PRRS virus thrives in. According to initial research..    Read More


VFD FAQ's

12.20.2016                                         

How do I know if a VFD is needed? VFD's are required for feed antibiotics that are in the category of being "important" to human medicine. Your veterinarian and feed mill manager will let you know if a VFD is required.. Read More


Give a Helping Ham

12.20.2016                                        

 PIPESTONE and local grocery stores are teaming up on a project called "Give a Helping Ham" that will donate pork to food banks. "There are a astounding number of families in our community that are food insecure...   Read More                         


Fall Barn Prep Checklist

10.05.2016                                         

Fall is upon us, and with the change of season it's time to prep our barns for cooler temperatures. Fall is undoubtedly a busy time of the year with harvest around hte corner. Our fall checklist will ensure all your bases...    Read More                         


United Nations Discuss Antibiotic Resistance - How Will You Respond?

10.05.2016                                           

The United Nations met in September in New York, gathereing govenments from all over the world to debate issues of global importance. The threat of resistant bacteria was the only topic on the agenda of the .....    Read More                         


Focus on Family Farm Leads to Partnership and Business Opportunities 

10.05.2016                                           

For thirty years, Doug Pollema has focused on providing products and services to support family farmers around his business in northwest Iowa. Doug is a native of Hull, Iowa, and after college he started working as a outside ......    Read More                         


Responsible Antibiotic Use

08.18.2016                                           

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Antibiotics”?  The media is crawling with content about antibiotics these days.  For consumers - there is a growing concern about bacterial resistance to antibiotics...    Read More                         


Welcome Dr. Joseph Yaros!

08.18.2016                                           

Joseph originally grew up in Upstate New York with three twin brothers on a 1000 ewe sheep farm. He spent his summers showing pure bred Suffolk sheep at the county and state fairs, while helping taking care of the family farm.....  Read More                         


Fly Control

08.18.2016                                           

Some of the most common pests within a hog operation include your common house fly and fruit fly. These pests are not only a risk for transferring diseases, but are also a nuisance to the animals and people that work or reside in these barns. Read More                         


July 2016 Hog Market

07.12.2016                                            

Last Friday USDA released their Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report which I’ve included along with the Pre-report estimates and so you can see the differences in the far right hand column.  You’ll notice that the actual USDA numbers came in quite a bit higherRead More                         


Preventing and Managing Heat Stress

07.12.2016                                            

Have you ever unloaded a group of pigs that are heat stressed following transportation? How do you manage transportation during months of high heat and humidity to prevent or minimize heat stress and transport losses?.... Read More                         


Kemin Host 2016 Swine Forum

06.08.2016                                            

On May 25th the Kemin Risk Management Team, led by Dr. Mark Bienhoff, hosted the 2017 Swine Forum, at the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center. The successful event provided a platform.... Read More                         


Community Highlights

05.24.2016                                             

Pipestone and their employees are always excited to give back to the communities we live and work in.  Here are a few highlights from May.... Read More                         


Iron Needs in the Pig

05.24.2016                                             

Have you ever wondered why we give piglets iron?  Who would give the piglet iron if we were not there to provide it?  These are good questions and fortunately ones we have answers to so you can best weigh your options when it comes to iron.... Read More                         


Keep Biosecurity Top of Mind

05.24.2016                                             

World Pork Expos is here and County fair, and livestock show season is around the corner.  These are great events that celebrate agriculture and our rural communities.  We at Pipestone encourage everyone to attend and support these events.... Read More                         


Focusing on Business Basics Allows Family Farm to Thrive

04.18.2016                                             

Focusing on sound business practices and management strategies has allowed the Schwerin family of Wood Lake, Minnesota, to build the foundation for a farm that provides opportunities for family members today and for generations to come.... Read More                         


  Ventilation Guidelines

04.18.2016

With temperatures fluctuating this time of year, ventilation can be tricky business.  Here's some basic guidelines and checklists to keep your pigs healthy and you stress free... Read More                      


Award Highlights 

04.18.2016                                                

We've always been proud of the great group of people working at Pipestone and the farmers we work alongside.  It's hard not to be with some of the outstanding honors they have received lately!.... Read More                         

 

       

PEDv: Journey from China to United States 

04.18.2016                                                

When PEDv hit North America in 2013, it had many in the swine industry scratching their heads wondering how and why?  For any of you that were listening during your high school history classes, history tends to repeat itself.  Dr. Scott Dee with Pipestone Applied Research knew that.... Read More                         


Food Safety Modernization Act and What It Means for Feed Mills

03.21.2016                                             

We work in an ever evolving industry.  Evolving with technology, and evolving for the consumer demanding transparency and trust in the food they bring home to their families.  Food Safety has an increasing.... Read More                         



  New Swine Nutritionist Joins Pipestone Grow Finish Team

03.21.2016

The Pipestone Grow Finish Team has added a second nutritionist to provide additional resources, research and nutritional services to Pipestone System shareholders and individual clients.  Jon De Jong joined... Read More                      


Dr. Dee Receives Howard Dunne Award 

03.21.2016                                                

Dr. Scott Dee received the American Association of Swine Veterinarians' 2016 Howard Dunne Memorial Award during the association's 47th Annual Meeting February 29th in New Orleans, LA.  The award recognizes.... Read More                         

 

       

3 Ways to Better Manage Money on Pig Health 

02.08.2016                                                

The extreme profitability we saw in 2014 is by now a fond and distant memory to most of us.  2016 is experiencing a moderate start, but by most forecasts, it will likely be a year of tighetning belts.  Easy to spend money on pigs carring $30 profit per head...harder to spend that money when it will consume the $1 left lying on the table.... Read More                         


  Steenstra Named Master Pork Partner by Iowa Association

02.08.2016

Bill Steenstra, field supervisor for Pipestone System in Independence, Iowa, was named a Master Pork Partner by the Iowa Pork Producers Association at the Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines in January... Read More                      


Research Barn Provides Competitive Advantage 

12.30.2015                                                

A new wean-to-finish barn built near Edgerton, Minnesota, has become an important tool for Pipestone Grow Finish (PGF) in providing information and services to their Nutrition customers.  The barn is a 2,400 head wean-to-finish research barn that will allow Pipestone to conduct nutrition research with nursery and finisher pigs.... Read More                         



  Top 6 Swine Product FAQ's Answered!

12.30.2015

Our swine sales team members are truly experts in their field, which is why producers across the Midwest trust them with questions on their swine products.  We've compiled a list of their Top 6 Frequently Asked Swine Questions Answered!  Get all the quick answeres and save yourself a call in the future... Read More                      


Give a Helping Ham

12.30.2015                                               

Turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes, three options of pie: during the holidays, many of us sit at a table with too many options to fit on our plate.  Unfortunately, there are many families in our own communities that are food insecure... Read More                         

Filters and Employee Focus Combine to Fight PRRS 

10.23.2015                                                

As the weather cools, the pork industry increases its vigilance against PRRSv.  Over the past 20 years, PRRS has emerged as the most economically important disease for U.S. pork producers.  Dennis Wiebbecke has been on the front line of the fight against PRRS for the.... Read More                         



  Celebrating 25 Years: One Farmer at a Time

10.23.2015

The Pipestone System is celebrating 25 years since the first contract for the first Pipestone system barn - Hiawatha Gilts - was signed.  There are lots of ways the talk about the growth of the business model, from the number of barns and animals to the number of employees and shareholders... Read More                      


Synergize vs. Accel Trial

10.23.2015                                               

It's no secret that trailers can act as a means of transport, moving it from one barn to another.  With PRRSv virus, and especially when PEDv hit hard in 2013, Pipestone has but enormous focus on our livestock trailer sanitation protocol.  Historically Pipestone chose to use Synergize as... Read More                         

Seneca Valley Virus: What Is It and How Does It Affect the Swine Industry?

09.09.2015                                                

In the past couple months; there have been 13 confirmed cases of vesicular disease associated with Seneca Valley virus in the swine industry.  This disease has been identified in both commercial... Read More                         



  America's Next Pig Farmer

09.09.2015

The four finalists for America's Pig Farmer of the year were announced, and Pipestone was excited to see a familair face in the line-up!  The National Pork Board created the America's Pig Farmer for the Year award to recognize a farmer to excels in raising pigs using... Read More                      


Top 8 Questions on Veterinary Feed Directive Answered

08.14.2015                                                

FDA recently came out with industry guidelines that require change to the use of feed medication in livestock.  Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about these changes... Read More                         

  Rib Feed and Our Famous Rib Rub Recipe!

08.14.2015

Pipestone Veterinary Services employees gathered Friday afternoon to properly season the ribs for the Rib Feed at the Pipestone County Fair on Saturday, August 8th.  It is an event that Pipestone Veterinary Services founded several years ago, and has been happy... Read More                      


Pipestone Research on PEDv in Feed Ingredients

07.07.2015                                                 

So far, 2015 has proven to be a fairly mild year for PEDv infection compared to the devastation that hit in 2014.  Nonetheless, it is a concerning virus for pork producers and a continued focus for Pipestone Applied Research. Read More                         



  Discovery Barn Plans New Activities

07.07.2015

The Sioux Empire Fair celebrated it's 75th Anniversary last year, but it was a new exhibit - and the newborn animals insdie of it - that caught the attention of thousands of fairgoers. Read More                      


Avian Influenza: Q&A with an Expert

06.03.2015                                                 

there is no doubt that Avian Influenza (AI) has been a devastation to the poultry industry, just as PEDv was to the swine industry eighteen months ago.  The mortality rate for AI stands at 100%, and as of May 26th, 2015 41,034,973 birds have died or been euthanized as a result... Read More.            

Keep Biosecure This Summer

06.03.2015                                                 

World Pork Expo, county fair, and livestock show season in underway.  These are great events that celebrate agriculture and our rural communities.  We at Pipestone encourage everyone to attend and support these events... Read More.            

Time Savers in the Hog World

04.28.2015                                                 

Cutting corners in any aspect of life/work typically has implications at later points in time.  Similarly in pork production, we see "planting disease" in the spring and "harvesting disease" in the fall... Read More.            

Market Review

04.28.2015                                                 

We have concluded our first quarter of 2015 adn I have to say there wasn't much to write home about as it relates to our pork markets.  Experts predicted that we'd see pork supplies grow 1% but the reality was our supplies soared and caught everyone off guard....  Read More.        


Time to Expand Your Operation?

03.23.2015                                                 

Farming is a business, and part of any business is analyzing when and if you should expand your operation.  This is a question that is constantly circling in the back of farmers minds - to buy that piece of land or not, to expand your herd or wait until markets are better..... Read More.            

Optimizing Your Manure's Value

03.23.2015                                                 

The average person won't think twice about what lies beneath a hog barn, but anyone in agriculture see's dollar signs.  We all know manure is a valuable fertilizer for crops.  In fact, many hog producers got into the business for that very reason - to save money on commercial fertilizers....  Read More.            


Improving Feed Efficiency

03.03.2015                                                 

You can have the best nutitionist on staff, who formulates the perfect diet on paper, but if it's not mixed properly the diet will not perform.  Dr. Stark focused on four main areas of concentration for a feed mill: roller mill grinding, particle size analysis, statistical process control, and miser unifromity testing..... Read More.            

A Road Map for the Next Generation

03.03.2015                                                 

For a northwest Iowa por producer, an investment in the Pipestnoe System provided an opportunity for his operation to sustainably grow today, and he presents a roadmap for the next geneartion to get started in livestock production...  Read More.            


Preventing Barn Fires

02.02.2014                                                 

Heading It's one of the toughest calls a pork producer can receive - a call that you rhog barn is on fire.  Unfortunetly, this is a tragedy I had to experience this year.  More often than not, barn fires result in extensive loss of both property and animals.... Read More.            


Packer Farm Audits at a Site Near You?

02.02.2014                                                 

Consumers want more information now than ever.  They want to know where their meat came from, how the animal was raised, and everything inbetween.  Thus - the ever complicated world of farm audits...  Read More.            


Make More Money Today

01.02.2014                                                 

Heading into winter months, livestock transportation can quickly become a nightmare. For your pigs, dropping temps can mean decreased immune systems and increased susceptibility to viruses.   Read More.            


The Value of Good Record Keeping

01.02.2014                                                 

It's the beginnign of a new year, and everyone is looking over their 2014 records and planning how to have an even better, more profitable 2015.  In today's world of business, people use record keeping for everything...  Read More.            


Preparing for Winter Transport

12.01.14                                                 

Heading into winter months, livestock transportation can quickly become a nightmare. For your pigs, dropping temps can mean decreased immune systems and increased susceptibility to viruses.   Read More.            


2015 Swine Industry Changes

12.01.14                                                 

This In light of a new disease that has entered the U.S. in the last 24 months, everyone in the swine industry is more aware of what "disease traceability" means and how new diseases can impact our industry.  Read More.            


Balancing Family Tradition with New Practices

12.01.14                                                 

Finding a balance between carrying on family farming traditions and adopting new practices for the future can be a challenge for many farmers and livetsock producers. Read More.            


Investing in the Future

12.01.14                                                 

The grins on their faces aren't just because they were excited to leave school campus during lunch hour, but these members of the local Pipestone FFA Chapter were excted to be receiving a generous donation from Pipestone Veterinary Services. Read More.            

Preparing Your Barn for PRRSv and PEDv Season

11.11.14                                                 

The temperature keeps dropping, and that means PRRSv, and now PEDv, season has arrived.  It can be painful to remember how hard PEDv hit the U.S. swine industry last Fall and Winter.   Read More.            


Pipestone Discovery Barn

9.2.14                                                 

This summer, the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, SD celebrated their 75th year, "Diamond Jubilee", of providing summer fun to the community. And what better way to celebrated this landmark year that the grand opening of a building dedicated to educating the Sioux Empire area on modern crop and livestock production. Read More.            


Pork Ambassadors

9.2.14                                                 

At Pipestone, we are commited to all aspects of the pork industry, and that commitment doesn't get left at the office. Read More.            


Feed Mill Checks: Mixer Efficiency Test

9.2.14                                                 

Performing a mixer efficiency test should always be on the radar screen; however it can be easily overlooked. Read More.            


Growing with the Future in Mind

9.2.14                                                 

Sustainability has become a popular term in recent years to define everything from protecting the enviroment to ensuring the viability of family farms over multiple generations to many other facets of modern agriculture. Read More.            


Investing in Every Pig

9.2.14                                                 

It is no secret to anyone in the pork industry that the combination of high domestic and International demand, a shortage of pig inventory due to the PED virus outbreak, and lower feed costs are presenting strong profit opportunities for pork producers. Read More.                  


PRRS Update: Swine News June 2014

5.1.14                                                 

Dr. Nerem reviews the lastest news about PRRS. Read More                  


Feed in Battle Against PEDv

5.1.14                                                 

Nutritionist Casey Neill explains the importance of rations to prevent PEDv. Read More                  


Maximize Profitability:Tips from Big Stone Marketing

5.1.14                                                 

Big Stone offers services that include help with marketing swine. Read More                  


Pipestone at the Banquet

5.1.14                                                 

Every year pipestone employees serve breakfeast at a local shelter. Read More                  


PEDv Update: Swine News March 2014

3.1.14                                                 

Dr. Nerem reviews the lastest news about PEDv. Read More                         


  Manure Pumping Safety: Swine News March 2014

3.1.14

An overview of safety issues during pumping season. Read More                      


Preparing Barns for Spring: Swine News March 2014      

3.1.14

Prepare for spring with these tips by Dr. Schelkopf. Read More