Iowa farmers find critical partner in Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

As a sixth-generation farmer, Mike Paustian is constantly trying to find efficiencies on his family's pig farm. That means he's often worrying about the health of his animals. That's why he relies so heavily on the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Iowa State. Paustian is sending samples into the VDL regularly, oftentimes several times a week. His farm operation is making critical decisions about the health of their herd, and they rely on the speed on accuracy of the data that the VDL provides. According to Paustian, it would be very frustrating to raise pigs without the resources and support of the VDL. That support helps his bottom line, and keeps the the food raised in the US safer for consumers.