FDA approval for Zilmax
Intervet has received FDA approval for Zilmax, a product designed to improve efficiencies in beef cattle during the last phase of the feeding period. Available in international markets for more than 10 years, a 2007 U.S. introduction is planned. Prior to that, Intervet says it will conduct additional trials to fully explore the product's potential in U.S. beef marketing and feeding programs.
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Allflex ISO radio-frequency ID (RFID) livestock tags have USDA approval for use in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Currently, ISO RFID tags are validated as the technology of choice in the commercial market. Both Allflex Ultra High Performance Half Duplex and the Ultra Full Duplex tags have been validated for use in NAIS.
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A label amendment for Tracer Naturalyte insect control, from Dow AgroSciences, helps minimize armyworm damage of pasture and rangeland, or grasses grown for forage and seed. Tracer offers a three-way mode of activity — via contact, ingestion and ovicidal-like activity — with residual control for 5-7 days. Cattle can graze in treated areas after spray has dried, but it should not be applied more than three times in a 21-day period. There's no pre-harvest interval for forage, but hay or fodder can't be harvested until three days after treatment.
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AppliGator by Pro Brands Ltd., automatically administers pesticides to animals as they feed from a trough, significantly improving prevention of ticks and tick-borne illness among domestic animals, cattle and farm-raised wildlife. It's also effective in controlling gastrointestinal parasites, horn flies, lice mange and biting gnats.
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Walk-through tag reader
The e-tracker from Agricultural Technology Solutions is a full-range, walk-through reader system that automates the hands-off data capture of livestock. It consists of two auto-sync antennae for reliable livestock detection and ID. The antennae send a signal through the wireless Bluetooth point-to-point technology, and ID tag numbers are transferred to the computer at distances of up to 300 ft. It reads the full range of full- and half-duplex ear tags.
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Contain horses when you're on the go with the Fi-Shock Portable Paddock Electric Fence System. The compact, lightweight, portable system packs into a heavy-duty canvas bag, and can be set up into a 25- × 25-ft., double-line enclosure, or a 50- × 50-ft., single-line enclosure that can fit 4-5 horses for a short period of time.
The Woodstream Corp. system uses a series of step-in posts, polytape, battery-powered energizer and copper-coated grounding rod to create an electric current that sends an electric pulse. The energizer uses two D-cell batteries.
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Wellmark International's QuikStrike Fly Abatement Strip has a redesigned fly-friendly curved surface that draws more flies. A triple-action attractant — two feeding attractants and a fly sex pheromone — draws flies to the QuikStrike strip. Wellmark recommends placing the strip in lower areas, where flies like to feed. QuikStrike provides 8 weeks of control and is perfect around loading chutes, waste containment areas, barns, sheds, silos and feedlots.
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Updated livestock trailers
Sundowner's updated ProStock trailer line features a number of innovations. The aluminum “livestock-friendly” floor is designed for positive traction, and Prostock increased its load height, making it easier to load livestock. Walk-through rear and center gates slide with the touch of a finger, and feature spring-load latches. A heavy-duty slam latch on the center gate provides durability and assures safe loading. The 30° tapered nose allows for tighter turns and provides storage space.
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The GeneRation II staggered rotor, from Roto-Mix, is designed to save fuel and time, and increase the life of the mixer by reducing the number of revolutions to complete the mixing of rations. The staggered rotor design improves mixing performance and eliminates springs and spring boxes. The open rotor allows material to flow more freely. An optional Super Duty Drive Package allows for an increased load capacity.
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Red Wing Software's CenterPoint, a Microsoft® NET-based software package, goes beyond basic accounting to provide management information ranchers can use to assess profitability and efficiency. The versatility in setup spans from choosing information gathered about customers and vendors, to designing complex expense distributions across multiple profit centers and accounts.
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Lightweight irrigation system
Valmont Irrigation introduces the 7000 series to their line of mechanized irrigation equipment. The 7000 series features a lighter structure than the 8000 series, and is designed for less demanding fields, but still offers the durability of Valley gearboxes, cams control panels and communication options.
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Roundup Ready alfalfa
Monsanto's Roundup Ready® alfalfa provides growers with a greater application window than conventional herbicides, and allows more weed-management flexibility. Translating into higher yields and higher-quality alfalfa, it's fully approved for marketing and consumption as food, food ingredients and feed for livestock.
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Massey Ferguson's utility tractor 500 Series includes seven new models ranging in size from 44-85 PTO hp., and feature high-torque Perkins diesel engines. Efficient 3-cylinder engines power the 533, 543 and 563 models; 4-cylinder engines are offered in the 573, 583, 593 and 596 models.
A wider platform gives the operator more room and comfort, allowing for shields to deflect engine heat. Improved cabs offer more room and more window glass, while transmission options give buyers a full range of choices to fit specific needs. An 8×2 sliding gear transmission provides eight forward speeds and two reverse speeds, with two slow gears, four fieldwork speeds and two transparent gears.
The Ferguson hydraulic system provides lift capacity for category I and II 3-point hitches, with lift capacity of up to 4,200 lbs.
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Web site redesign
Hobart Brothers has redesigned its Web site — www.hobartbrothers.com  — to improve the search and navigation tools and update important product information. The new “About Us” section features the most recent company news along with case studies and technical/educational articles on welding techniques and safety information. The Web site also makes it easy to locate distributors.
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The RW Spin Off Round Bale Feeder product line from Worksaver introduces the FLSO-907 and SSSO-908. Both models are designed to mount on either a tractor with a front loader (FLSO-907) or skid steer (SSSO-908). The models feature a tapered forge spear for easier spear penetration into round bales. The RW Spin Off product line offers an easy and economical way to transport and feed large round bales.
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CLAAS Jaguar forage harvester's new attachment — the Direct Disc DD 520 — enables operators to harvest green forage and produce whole-crop silage as simply, quickly and economically as possible. The 17-ft.-wide, DD 520 combines mowing and chopping into a single operation.
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Monitor temp and humidity
The Dickenson Wireless Data Loggers for Temperature and Humidity Monitoring work to control environments in livestock facilities. The system creates a monitoring network from a PC computer, eliminates the need for manual download, has no location restraints and has an alarm notification that can be sent to the PC.
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Club Car introduces its XRT 1500 SE line of 4×4 utility vehicles. Featuring four, forward-facing seats, the XRT 1500 SE includes IntelliTrak technology, a fully mechanical system that automatically transfers power to the wheel or wheels where traction is needed. It's the first fully automatic, on-demand 4×4 rough terrain utility vehicle that seats four.
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