Livestock

Why You Should Always Remove the Net Wrap on Round Bales for Cattle

by Caitlyn Andrews March 20, 2018

Producers that fail to remove the net wrap from their round bales could be causing serious problems for themselves and their herd in the future.

Net wrap refers to the wrapping or string that binds hay together. Round bales are commonly fed to cattle and the net wrap that keeps them together comes in different materials.

It doesn't matter what type of wrap is used or whether the hay bales are fed whole or after grinding, many producers leave the wrap on.

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Maintaining Appetite for Healthy Cattle

by Caitlyn Andrews October 13, 2017

The primary concern of every producer is the health of their animals. Cattle producers know that the animal's appetite is an indicator of good health.

Sometimes, maintaining a good appetite in your cattle is easier said than done.

Here are some tips to help you maintain a healthy appetite in your cattle.

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Poultry Fly-Off Fun at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair

by Caitlyn Andrews August 09, 2017

At Veterinary and Poultry Supply, Inc. (VPSI) we understand the value of the 4-H program and have been fortunate to be able to contribute to our local fair. This year, we sponsored several club events and shows, including the Elkhart County 4-H Poultry Club.

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Hogs Test Positive for Swine Flu at SW Ohio Fair

by Caitlyn Andrews July 18, 2017

At least two hogs recently tested positive for swine flu at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Wilmington, Ohio. On Thursday, July 13, 2017, a representative with the Clinton County Fairgrounds confirmed that more than one case of H3N2 swine flu had been discovered at the fairgrounds. The barn was promptly quarantined and...

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How to Minimize Stress When Transporting Show Pigs

by Caitlyn Andrews March 17, 2017

When transporting swine for show your top concern should be two things: safety and comfort. Stressed pigs can cause injury to themselves, other pigs, or their handlers during transport. Focusing on the safety and comfort of your show pigs will help keep stress to a minimum and make for a better overall show experience.

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Prevention and Control of Darkling Beetles in Poultry Houses

by Caitlyn Andrews February 14, 2017 1 Comment

If you're in the poultry industry then chances are you've encountered darkling beetles. These little pests also go by the name of lesser mealworms or black beetles. Whatever you call them, they are one of the most common pests in poultry facilities. Darkling beetles can be present in alarmingly high numbers and cause significant damage to facilities and productivity.

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