The University of Wisconsin-Extension Swine Team works with farmers, veterinarians, and other industry representatives to provide access to research-based swine information for Wisconsin farmers.

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Proposed PRRS/PEDv Rule Change Webinar to be Offered

  Webinar Details The UW-Extension Swine Team, in conjunction with Wisconsin Pork Association, will be hosting a webinar to review details on a proposed rule that would establish herd testing requirements for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) in Wisconsin.  The webinar will be held on March 23, 2017 […]

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Map of Swine Veterinarians in Wisconsin

The UW-Extension swine team is trying to get swine farmers connected with veterinarians willing to work on swine.  In wanting to be proactive getting swine clients connected with veterinarians prior to the January 2017 Veterinary Feed Directive changes, we are building a map of veterinarians in Wisconsin and the surrounding states that serve swine clients in […]

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Swine Veterinarian Survey

In wanting to be proactive getting swine clients connected with veterinarians prior to the January 2017 Veterinary Feed Directive changes, we have created a Veterinary Practices That Serve Swine Clients Survey. What we are ultimately wanting to do is map out where the swine veterinary services are in Wisconsin (and neighboring states that may be providing service to swine farmers) so that swine farmers can look to see where their nearest service provider is, as well as what services they are willing to provide. If you know of a veterinary clinic that is currently working with swine or if you are a veterinarian that has a practice that is willing to work on swine, even if it is just for the fair health papers, please consider filling out our survey.


Proposed PRRS/PEDv Rule Change webinar now available

The webinar on the New Wisconsin Rule Proposal for PRRS/PEDv Management was hosted on March 23, 2017. The Wisconsin Pork Association and the UW-Extension Swine Team invited the following guest speakers to talk about the proposed changes: Dr. Paul McGraw, Wisconsin State Veterinarian; Dr. Neil DeBuse, Minnesota Swine Reproduction Center; AV Roth, swine farmer from Wauzeka, […]


Veterinary Feed Directive Changes for January 1, 2017

Do you know how the Veterinary Feed Directive will impact your farm?  Find out more about the Veterinary Feed Directive through the video and post below.  The video above is an overview of the veterinary feed directive changes coming into play. Now is the Time to Plan Ahead for Veterinary Feed Directive Changes Increasing […]

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Pig Connect Cards

Did you get your Pig Connect Card at the Badger Swine Symposium? If you couldn’t attend, or forgot to pick yours up, feel free to stop by the Marquette County Extension Office at 480 Underwood Avenue in Montello to pick one up.  Or contact one of the other Swine Team Members and we will get […]


Mycotoxins in Grain

Mycotoxins are toxins that are produced by fungi inhabiting livestock grain. Only a few mycotoxins are of major concern for livestock owners. Aflatoxin, zearalenone, fumonisin, deoxynivalenol, and a couple of other mycotoxins are the ones to be concerned with for pigs. With harvest in full swing, you may want to consider testing your grain for mycotoxins […]

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Pharmacological intervention in swine reproduction

What tools are in the toolbox for swine farmers in regards to reproduction? This article discusses various intervention tools for different stages of swine reproduction. While not a new review by any means, some good data is discussed in regards to the use of of pharmacological measures in various stages of swine reproduction.


Will the Swine Veterinarians Standup and Pork Producers Step-Forward

The new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will go into effect January 1, 2017. The goals are to: promote judicious use of antibiotics, protect public health, and help limit the development of microbial resistance to antibiotics.  What does this mean for the swine farmer in the state […]

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Introduction to Swine Genetics for Small and Beginning Farmers

The performance of pigs is the result of two influences: genetics and environment. Because the genetics of a pig plays an important role in its performance and meat quality, all pig producers should be familiar with the potential and application of genetic selection. This new factsheet provides an introduction to genetic principles and selection strategies for beginning […]