63 episodes

Created for individual pork producers, SwineTime contains pork industry news, advancements in animal care, and tips for enhancing productivity hosted by PIPESTONE veterinarian, Dr. Spencer Wayne.

SwineTime with PIPESTONE PIPESTONE

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    • 4.5 • 8 Ratings

Created for individual pork producers, SwineTime contains pork industry news, advancements in animal care, and tips for enhancing productivity hosted by PIPESTONE veterinarian, Dr. Spencer Wayne.

    Episode #60: Farrow OR Finish - Retrofitting Facilities

    Episode #60: Farrow OR Finish - Retrofitting Facilities

    In this episode, Dr. Spencer Wayne sits down with Nick Fitzgerald, Director of Business Development for PIPESTONE for a great discussion on facilities.


    The pair delve into essential considerations for optimizing swine farming operations. From wean-to-finish construction to barn remodeling and the repurposing of sow units, explore strategies and innovative solutions to enhance productivity and efficiency on your farm. Gain valuable insights into ventilation systems, flooring types, and the importance of expert consultation for successful project execution. If you are considering retrofitting your facilities, don't miss out on this expert advice.

    • 25 min
    Episode #59: Warm Weather Ventilation Checklist

    Episode #59: Warm Weather Ventilation Checklist

    In this episode, host Dr. Spencer Wayne sits down with Erin McCoy, a veterinary physician assistant with Pipestone Veterinary Services, to discuss proper barn ventilation as the weather begins to warm up.

    Erin shares her warm-weather ventilation checklist and emphasizes the importance of opening soffit doors and ensuring proper ventilation by uncovering fans. She provides practical advice on checking alarms, setting
    emergency thermostats, and maintaining steady ventilation to ensure pig comfort and health. Erin highlights the significance of monitoring barn conditions and observing pig behavior for indications of discomfort or stress.

    Throughout the conversation, Spencer and Erin stress the
    importance of proactive management in optimizing swine barn ventilation systems, ultimately contributing to better pig health and productivity.

    • 17 min
    Episode #58: Using Research and Production Data to Drive Genetics

    Episode #58: Using Research and Production Data to Drive Genetics

    Join Dr. Spencer Wayne on the latest episode of SwineTime, where he dives deep into swine genetics with experts Erin Little, Pipestone Research, and Carrie Pollard, Pipestone Business.

    In this engaging discussion, Erin and Carrie discuss how PIPESTONE is unlocking valuable insights into swine genetics for producers using both research and production data.

    With over 4 million pigs' worth of production data at their
    fingertips through the FarmStats program, Carrie reveals the power of records analysis in driving informed decision-making for pork producers. From mortality
    rates to feed conversions, learn how this wealth of information transforms how we understand and optimize genetic lines in the swine industry.

    Erin shares the journey from data to action, where findings
    from cutting-edge research initiatives are transformed into actionable insights for pork producers. By simulating real-world conditions within commercial barns, they can observe how different genetic lines perform in various
    environments and management practices. This level of scrutiny allows researchers to identify patterns, trends, and areas of improvement, ultimately driving advancements in swine genetics and production practices.

    The trio underscores PIPESTONE's dedication to research and data collection, aiming to equip producers with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the dynamic landscape of pork production.

    • 24 min
    Episode #57: Pig Pathogens: Understanding Current Diseases

    Episode #57: Pig Pathogens: Understanding Current Diseases

    Join Dr. Spencer Wayne and Dr. Cameron Schmitt in a discussion
    of the ever-evolving landscape of swine diseases. In this episode, Dr. Schmitt, Executive Vice President of Pipestone Veterinary Services, delves deep into the nuances of various pathogens affecting swine health today. From the notorious PRRS virus to resilient strains of E. coli, they dissect the challenges and
    advancements in disease management strategies.

    The pair begin the discussion with the infamous diseases sharing
    insights and practical advice, then transition to a few emerging viruses. With their down-to-earth approach, you'll gain a clearer understanding of the ongoing battle to safeguard swine well-being.

    • 27 min
    Episode #56: Impacting Producers through Diagnostics

    Episode #56: Impacting Producers through Diagnostics

    In this episode of the SwineTime podcast, host Dr. Spencer Wayne interviews Dr. Darin Madson, a diagnostician at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Iowa State University. Dr. Madson shares his background in swine production, veterinary school, and his journey to becoming a diagnostic pathologist. The conversation covers the expansion of the diagnostic lab at Iowa State, new technologies in diagnostics, and specific tests like next-generation sequencing and RNA scope.

    Dr. Madson highlights the significance of the new diagnostic lab at Iowa State, which is expected to be one of the newest and most advanced labs in the United States. The discussion also touches on the cost of diagnostics for producers, the value of next-gen sequencing, and the importance of interpreting findings in correlation with clinical information.

    This episode explores RNA scope technology and its application in understanding the significance of pathogens. Drs. Wayne and Madson emphasize the importance of careful interpretation, as the detection of a pathogen doesn't necessarily imply causation or correlation with clinical symptoms.

    The episode concludes with advice for producers including a reminder for robust biosecurity measures during cold months.

    PIPESTONE’s mission is “Helping Farmers Today Create the Farms of Tomorrow.” The SwineTime podcast was created for pig farmers and individual pork producers around the country. Hosted by Dr. Wayne, the podcast contains pork industry news, advancements in animal care and how to enhance your productivity.

    Monthly podcasts are available on Spotify, Google Music, iTunes, and on Pipestone.com.

    • 23 min
    Episode #55: Riding the Wave of Feed Cost Fluctuations

    Episode #55: Riding the Wave of Feed Cost Fluctuations

    In this episode of the SwineTime podcast, Dr. Spencer Wayne welcomes Dr. Kiah Berg, Senior Supervisor of Nutrition with Pipestone Nutrition, to discuss the state of feed costs and her recommendations for proper nutrition strategies. Dr. Berg explains the recent trends in feed costs, highlighting the notable decrease in prices for key ingredients such as corn and soybean meal, resulting in significant cost savings for pig production. Dr. Berg underscores the importance of regularly monitoring ingredient prices and reformulating diets to optimize cost efficiency while maintaining nutritional quality.

    Drs. Wayne and Berg emphasize the need for adaptive feed management, they discuss the frequency of reformulation, suggesting regular reviews based on cost savings thresholds and market dynamics. Furthermore, Dr. Berg stresses the importance of adjusting feed orders based on herd size and mortality events to prevent overfeeding and optimize feed utilization. Overall, the podcast offers valuable insights and practical strategies for swine producers to enhance productivity and profitability in the pork industry.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

GF Ranch ,

Thank you guys!

We are a small backyard farm and have a couple sows that we have started with about a year and want to learn and grow with. I love listening to you guys because the vets around here really aren’t knowledgeable in Swine. So the information I am learning here is great!

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