Novartis introduces Clostridium Perfringens Type A Toxoid, a new Clostridium perfringens vaccine available under a conditional license from USDA to be administered to healthy cattle. C. perfringens is associated with gastrointestinal diseases in cows and calves, and can be fatal to calves. It's commonly found in cases where abomasal ulcers, abomasal hemorrhage and abdominal tympany are found. The vaccine is safe for pregnant or non-pregnant animals.
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Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., has USDA approval for the first single-dose 7-way blackleg/pinkeye combination vaccine, Alpha-7/MB-1. It protects cattle against seven major Clostridia diseases and pinkeye. A companion product, Ocuguard MB-1, a single-dose pinkeye vaccine, also received USDA approval. The vaccines are both administered subcutaneously, adhering to Beef Quality Assurance guidelines. The single-dose vaccines help ranchers cut down on time and labor of administering additional doses.
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Angus offers RFID options
The American Angus Association (AAA) is offering Beef Improvement Records (BIR) tag in RFID matched-pair sets and RFID tag-only options.
AAA began offering an RFID matched-pair option with its AngusSourceSM marketing program in 2003. The BIR tag option is aimed at producers who want to capitalize on the advantages of RFID, but whose cattle don't meet AngusSource program requirements.
The RFID tags are $2.25 each, while RFID-matched pair sets are $3.25 (minimum order size of 20 on both).
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Performance work shirt
Gorgonz Performance Work Wear developed the Performance Work Shirt — a cooler, drier and more functional work shirt than regular cotton. The Gorgonz Evaporative Cooling Technology fabric dries, breathes and lasts four times longer than standard cotton t-shirts. Tough and durable, it features heavy-duty stitching, vented side panels, and an odor neutralizer built into the fabric. The shirt contains multiple pockets to hold smaller items that can't be secured with a tool belt.
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Spreader trailer mount
The Roto-Spread model 532-16 Spreader Trailer Mount offers variable speed floor belt that controls spread rate and hydraulic driven vertical beaters. A 1,000-RPM PTO driven pump powers it while the floor belt and rear gate is operated by the tractor hydraulics. Its features include high-density polyethylene on the floor, sidewalls and end gate to prevent rust. The belt and retention gate system, along with the beaters, gives precision application to all waste disposal.
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A hydraulic squeeze chute — Rancher's Choice — from Stampede Steel, can be operated from just about anywhere because of its 340° pivot arm system. The squeeze also comes with a 20-in., built-in palpation door and top and bottom side panels that swing out for full access to the animal. The Rancher's Choice comes standard with a hydraulic pivot arm, 5-hp motor, sternum bar, neck extender bars and double-dutch side panels.
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