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Pig Herd Health Requires a Balanced Approach

The industry may wish and hope for one action to conquer those significant pathogens of concern in modern swine herds but wish-granting is a long way off. Instead, a combination of nutrition, management practices, and biosecurity are necessary to keep PRRS, PEDv, E. coli, and other pathogens at bay. In this interview with Feed Strategy magazine, NOVUS Technical Services Manager Alex Hintz, DVM, explains which viral and bacterial diseases are the biggest pain for producers and the feed additives that are the most helpful in supporting immune function. He also shares the biggest challenge for nutritionists and producers alike when the herd becomes sick and which management actions can make a significant impact in pathogen mitigation.

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