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With the right program in place, eliminating mycoplasma pneumonia is possible on many hog farms. Farrow-to-finish sites are still the most difficult to clean up, however, reported Swine Vet Center’s Paul Yeske, DVM. He has carried out multiple mycoplasma-elimination efforts on different types of hog farms with good success. “The farms that are ...…
 
Everyone needs a good bed — and apparently sows are no exception. During farrowing and lactation, sows can easily develop shoulder sores, which in turn become infected. Could a little padding help? Several producers are answering that question. Working with the Swine Vet Center’s Ross Kiehne, DVM, the group is testing a mat similar to a wrestli ...…
 
Self sufficient homesteading tips for the long haul from beginning your homestead journey to more experienced. Melissa talks with Anna who started her homesteading journey in a city apartment and in just four years has moved out of the city to their homestead. She shares tips on homesteading while renting, what to look for when purchasing a hom ...…
 
Learn what to do with your berry plants in the fall to increase your harvest next year. How to evaluate overall health and location of the plants, when to move the plants if need be, fertilize and mulching, and more so you have the best berry production next year. For the blog post go to https://melissaknorris.com/205 and to check out the pre-o ...…
 
Raised bed gardening tips, we'll discuss the pros and cons of raised beds, which type of soil and crops are best for raised beds, what you need to consider before constructing, weed management and pest/animal solutions with raised beds with Melissa and Jill from the Beginner Gardeners Podcast. Catch Jill's presentation on Raised Bed Gardening i ...…
 
Learn organic pest control for vegetable gardens. Melissa shares how to identify which organic options is the right one, preventative vs infestation use, plus her two favorite options, one is a powder and one is a spray that are like a swiss army knife (they work for almost every pest) and what you need to look out for when purchasing these to ...…
 
Learn how to choose the best herbal home remedies during the cold and flu season for your body. Melissa interviews clinical herbalist Rosalee De La Foret on how to use the 4 components of energetics when you're not feeling well to determine which herb will serve you best. Rosalee shares her best home remedy for a hot fever and one for a fever w ...…
 
Tail biting in pigs remains something of a mystery. What triggers a pig or pigs to bite tails? Why do some express this vice and others do not? “My answer is somehow the pig feels like he doesn’t have the feed, water, air or comfort he needs,” Jer Geiger, health assurance veterinarian for PIC, told Pig Health Today. “He feels he’s in a competit ...…
 
What is organic gardening and how to incorporate these practices into a home garden. Learn what organic gardening actually means, tips on how identify if your soil is organic and steps to take if it's not to get it there. Do you need organic seed and starts? What organic certification requires and why it's not important for home or backyard gar ...…
 
Healthy garden soil is the foundation of your entire garden. If you get this right, you'll drastically improve your harvest and health of your plants. These tips break down what you need to look at in your soil, where to improve it, and how to improve sandy and clay soil (and how to make it better). PLUS, Melissa is offering a giveaway on seed ...…
 
A few quick time saving tips on getting your medicinal herbal flowers ready now for next spring. What to do with the flowers you have in the garden this year and how to get a jump start on next spring's herbal flowers, especially those that require seed stratification. Melissa walks you through which plants require seed stratification, her favo ...…
 
A clinical outbreak of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) occurred this past winter in otherwise healthy, well-vaccinated herds, Clayton Johnson, DVM, of Carthage Veterinary Service, told Pig Health Today. “These were very healthy herds…that destabilized for PCV2,” Johnson said. They’re genetic herds, at the top of the health pyramid, and are neg ...…
 
These 9 garden hacks will help you assess this year's garden to increase next year's harvest and give you a clear plan of action to improve your garden to fit you and your families needs. Melissa walks you through how to look at this year's harvest yield, disease, pests, how much time you spent, and more from your garden to decide what to do di ...…
 
Learn the best time to harvest your herbal flowers for medicinal purposes. Melissa walks you through her favorite top pics for medicinal herbal flowers, how to use all 3 parts of the echinacea, as well as lavender, chamomile, and calendula. You'll get a detailed explanation of what signs to avoid on the blossoms you want to use medicinally and ...…
 
Learn these 9 tips on how to prepare for winter and emergencies on the homestead now. Melissa walks you through where to start if you're beginning, how to do so without being overwhelmed, and where to build once you have your foundation so you're prepared no matter what winter or other emergencies come your way. For links to the resources and s ...…
 
Siphoning, or liquid loss after canning, is common among canning problems. Learn these 5 easy steps to help prevent it and the guidelines for safety (when is too much liquid loss unsafe). What you need to know about headspace, temps, and more in this canning Q&A episode. Snag resources and full blog post at https://melissaknorris.com/195 and si ...…
 
Swine producers and veterinarians responding to a national survey said pressure to maintain the raised without antibiotics (RWA) label sometimes compromises animal health and welfare, Jennifer Wishnie, DVM, assistant professor at California Polytechnic State University, told Pig Health Today. This finding was a key observation of the study and ...…
 
Taking care of every single pig seems like a daunting task when producers have hundreds or thousands of pigs under their care. Still, the rewards are well worth the effort, Elise Toohill, DVM, with Carthage Veterinary Services in Carthage, Illinois, told Pig Health Today. It can make such a big impact on a production system that veterinarians a ...…
 
Learn how to cure onions for long term winter storage, how to pick the best spot for drying, two methods to use for drying your onions (pro's and con's of each) and how long to cure onions before bringing them inside to store for winter. For video and full blog post show notes go to https://melissaknorris.com/194 Make sure you get registered fo ...…
 
Producers know that if a pig has good gut health in the nursery, it’s more likely to get off to a good start in the grow-finish barn. But with increased pressure on antibiotic use, nutritionists are tasked with looking for effective alternatives, Jon De Jong, a nutritionist for the Pipestone Grow Finish Team, told Pig Health Today. “Everyone is ...…
 
Learn how to harvest onions at the right time for best long term storage, what to do if onions have bolted (flowered), and best type of onions for winter storage on the pantry shelf. For video and full blog post show notes go to https://melissaknorris.com/193 Make sure you get registered for the FREE upcoming Organic Gardening Workshop now for ...…
 
A pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a dramatic, easy-to-identify event within the farrowing room. The difficult part is figuring out the cause and applying a solution. Pork producers and veterinarians have been struggling to address the upward trend in POPs for the past 10 to 15 years. But it was a jump in cases since 2013/2014 that raised the urg ...…
 
Your pole bean growing guide, we'll go over when to pick pole beans based on the different stages for eating, shelling and seed saving. Troubleshoot common pole bean problems, like blossoms but no beans, hot weather and frosts, and benefits of pole beans vs. bush beans. For pics and full blog post show notes go to https://melissaknorris.com/192 ...…
 
Learn what to plant in August for fall and winter garden crops. Melissa breaks how to tailor planting time for your gardening zone and climate, what should be done from seed, and what plants can be put in as seedlings. This is a great way to get as close to year round gardening as possible and have fresh food in the garden even after the frosts ...…
 
The world of diagnostics is expanding. Instead of focusing on individual animals, population-based diagnostics help veterinarians and producers identify the health status of their barns more quickly and efficiently. Jeff Zimmerman, DVM, PhD, a professor at Iowa State University, is helping pave the way for this trend. A decade ago, individual p ...…
 
Swine veterinarians putting in long days on the road caring for pigs should be just as cognizant of their own health and nutritional needs, Katie Woodard, DVM, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Iowa State University (ISU), told Pig Health Today. “We really focus in on the minutiae for the pig diet, but a lot of times [when away from home], we’re just ...…
 
Canning in electric pressure cookers and other pressure canning questions. What you NEED to know about using electric pressure cookers as a pressure canner (despite what the manual may say), what to do if the pressure falls, using well water in canners, double stacking jars inside a pressure canner, which pressure canner is best for your stove ...…
 
Animal welfare can mean different things to different people. For Mary Battrell, DVM, a swine veterinarian for Smithfield Foods, animal welfare is the connection between animal health, well-being and performance; and optimizing that connection improves productivity. “We care about our animals,” Battrell told Pig Health Today. “A healthy hog mak ...…
 
5 tips on how to avoid overwhelm on the homestead, because let's face it, this old-fashioned way of life, it adds another layer of work and tasks. It's worth it, oh is it worth it, but it's important to make sure we're enjoying the process and not allowing ourselves to get too close to burnout. Melissa and Stacy Lynn Harris share their strategi ...…
 
The best ways to water your vegetable garden to help organically increase your harvest yield and eliminate disease, all in the way you water your vegetables! Melissa shares how often to water your vegetables in summer and best techniques for both the plants, ease of implementing, and cost based on what they do on their homestead garden and have ...…
 
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) in growing pigs may play an important role in PRRS outbreaks among sow herds, Jose Angulo, DVM, a managing veterinarian and PRRS specialist with Zoetis, told Pig Health Today. PRRS control has traditionally focused on the breeding herd, but outbreaks of the disease still occur despite best ef ...…
 
How one makes money homesteading, they went from the suburbs to their homestead and earning their living on their homestead in three years time. Melissa talks to Todd from Sustainable Simple Living Family about their main forms of income from their homestead, mistakes they made, how they made the transition, and what to expect when focusing on ...…
 
Three bacterial diseases considered under control recently flared up creating new challenges in hog operations. The older diseases include Haemophilus parasuis (parasuis), Streptococcus suis (strep) and erysipelas. “They are pretty old bugs that generally we thought we had under good control,” reported Aaron Lower, DVM, Carthage Veterinary Serv ...…
 
As African swine fever (ASF) continues its insidious spread through China and surrounding countries, the need to keep it out of US herds becomes more imperative. So far China has lost more pigs than are produced in the US, and analysts predict the death loss is likely much higher. Although the ASF virus doesn’t affect humans, it’s deadly to pig ...…
 
Learn how to design a cottage garden or pull elements of one into your own yard. Melissa interviews Carolyn Thomas of Homesteading Family for a close up look of creating a cottage garden with plants that have forgotten medicinal and edible properties. Learn how hollyhock can be used medicinally and some older plants that have wonderful properti ...…
 
Pain management for pigs has always been a challenge, partly because it’s difficult to measure levels of pain and partly because there are no FDA-approved drugs labeled for pain management in pigs. Still, progress is being made in this important area of pork production, Monique Pairis-Garcia, DVM, PhD, an animal behavior specialist from The Ohi ...…
 
Nine years of data from the Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Project (MSHMP) show farms with air-filtering systems have fewer outbreaks of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) than farms without filters, reported Carlos Vilalta, DVM, PhD, post-doctoral associate, University of Minnesota. During that same time period, the number ...…
 
Learn how to store you home canned foods safely, what the official sources actually say about storing jars with the canning rings (bands) on or off and what you need to know about jar stacking. Which practices Melissa uses on her canning of 600+ jars a year. What it means if you remove the bands and your lose your seal and more. Get resources a ...…
 
Maintaining good biosecurity has long been key to advancing the health, well-being and productivity of hog farms, but the threat of African swine fever (ASF) has raised the bar and prompted veterinarians and producers to take an even broader view, said Joe Connor, DVM, Carthage Veterinary Service. “Ten to 20 years ago, a large part of our risk ...…
 
Use these pro tips for home food preservation so you know which foods are ready seasonally by the month and the best ways to handle and preserve them so you aren't overwhelmed with all the summer produce coming on, either from your garden or purchased from u-picks or farmer's markets. Armed with this info you won't miss a crop either. Melissa s ...…
 
The US pork industry has a good track record for using antibiotics responsibly, but how should it be graded for its efforts? By volume? Types of antibiotics used? Resistance trends? “We don’t really have a perfect report card for antibiotic resistance,” Peter Davies, BVSc, PhD, professor in the department of veterinary population medicine, Univ ...…
 
What it's really like to live off grid, tips you can take and use now, even if you're not off grid, and if you're planning to go that way, what you need to know before starting. Melissa interviews Doug & Stacy, a couple of self-proclaimed city slickers, who moved completely off-grid eight years ago. What the transition has been like, what they' ...…
 
Learn how to use and grow these 8 medicinal herbs and their uses for an easy herbal tea garden. Harvesting tips, medicinal uses and preparations, cautions to be aware of and best growing tips. Know which do best in containers, location, and growing habits. Melissa shares her favorite herbs for hormonal balance, cooking, anxiety and calming help ...…
 
Use these 5 tips to maximize your garden yield (aka more vegetables) & beat overwhelm. How to ensure you have a continual harvest of fresh vegetables rather than a huge glut all at once for your non-preserving crops, how to make sure you don't miss crucial planting times, and how to increase the harvest of your existing plants so you don't have ...…
 
While the spikes of Senecavirus A (SVA) have plateaued in recent years, researchers in the pork industry are still confounded by the elusive virus and what triggers outbreaks. “We don’t see the large seasonal spikes that we did early on in 2015 and 2016,” Matthew Sturos, DVM, a diagnostic pathologist at the University of Minnesota, told Pig Hea ...…
 
In this podcast, Melissa shares 10 tomato growing tips from planting, what your leaves are telling you your tomato plants are low on, how to avoid blight and blossom end rot, crop rotation, if indeterminate or determinate tomato varieties are best for you, trellising, and more. Learn these secrets to disease free tomatoes and a large harvest! G ...…
 
Senecavirus A (SVA) is detected in a pig’s tonsils about 40 days after infection with the virus — a finding that raises questions about whether deliberately infected pigs are persistently infected and become sources of infection for other animals, a research virologist told Pig Health Today. Indeed, “most viruses do not remain in tissues and ar ...…
 
Learn how to start beekeeping with in depth guide on choosing the right place for your hives, types of hives, where to buy bees, how to choose the best bees based on your climate, what supplies you must have to get started (and some frugal options), what to look for when performing hive checks, how much honey to expect, and how much setting up ...…
 
Biosecurity is one of those on-farm topics that gets a lot of time and attention, but it can easily fall apart in the day-to-day reality of managing pigs. “It’s really easy to sit in an office and come up with a whole bunch of new biosecurity protocols,” Clayton Johnson, DVM, Carthage Veterinary Service, told Pig Health Today. “It’s another thi ...…
 
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