Online Feed-Ration Calculator
RCMR Inc., manufacturers of the EZ Ration Hay Processor, has launched a new online feed-ration calculator as a free service to cow-calf producers. The software and database allow ranchers to select figures matching their cow's weight and state of pregnancy.
The user also enters variables for their feed/hay sources (e.g., protein, % TDN/energy, moisture percentage and cost per ton). The program will list the cow's nutritional requirements and calculate a least-cost feed ration utilizing the rancher's own feed/hay to best meet those requirements. Find it online at www.ezration.com .
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Tarp and fabric fastener
Grabbit Tool Company has developed a family of products that allow tarp users to manage tarps. Available in three sizes (20-in. Long Grabbit™ , 6-in. EZ Grabbit™, and 1.5-in. Mini Grabbit™), Grabbits allow users to mount tarps to structures, seam multiple tarps together and replace torn grommets.
Grabbits work well with poly and canvas tarps, plastic sheeting, linens, vinyl signs/banners, mosquito netting, burlap and landscape fabric. It can handle up to eight layers of poly tarp, or four layers of canvas tarp, at a time.
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Natural feed ration
Land O' Lakes Purina Feed introduces Accuration® NB (Natural Beef) Feed. Featuring exclusive Intake Modifying Technology®, it's an approved feeding plan in many popular natural beef programs. Designed for cattle on pasture, it acts as a supplement cattle snack, helping prevent dramatic depression in forage digestion, which improves overall utilization of the diet and subsequent performance.
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Karcher introduces two new all-electric, hot-water pressure washers capable of generating instant hot water spray. Operating on 460-volt, 3-phase electrical power, the two models range from 3.5 to 4.2 gals./minute, and 2,000-3,000 PSI.
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Expanded Surehealth program
Merial Surehealth® calf preconditioning program now allows producers to use any vaccine brand for certain protocols within the program.
Protocols opened to all brands include: vaccination against respiratory viral infections, including infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), parainfluenza-3 (PI3), bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) and bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV); vaccination against clostridial infections; and optional vaccinations against Haemophilus somnus and mycoplasma.
The Surehealth program consists of comprehensive health protocols, including parasite control with an Ivomec® brand product; two rounds of vaccinations; a Pasteurella vaccination with Respishield® HM; a 45-day weaning period; and other best-management practices such as castration and dehorning.
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The Drive Over-Pit™ belt conveyor from CrustBuster is known for its portability, high volume and durability in grain handling. It features 4-ft.-wide ramps for easy access, 8-ft.-long spring-loaded sidewalls for easy line up every time, 15-in. automotive style hubs and wheels for safe towing, and optional electric or hydraulic drive. The 16-in.-wide PVC crescent top belting will deliver over 9,000 bu./hour. Clearance height is 6.5 ft.
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The Express portable corral from WW Livestock allows catch capabilities for 150-250 head and is available in standard or large units. Featuring 6-ft.-tall panels fabricated from 2-in., 14-ga. high-tensile steel tubing, this unit rides on high-speed highway hubs. All gates are spring-loaded or come equipped with spring-loaded plungers and strike plates. Each panel section has one-man setup wheels to roll easily over uneven terrain. The unit contains a heavy-duty select valve and sealed switch system and is equipped with a solar charging system.
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Omni 1 is the newest member of the OmniFount product family from Ritchie Industries. A blend of stainless steel and polyethylene construction, the Omni 1 can water up to 20 horses or cattle using only 125 watts of energy. It features a large access panel and offers overall heat coverage with heat elements located under the trough and around the water line. The trough carries a 10-year, 100% warranty against manufacturing defects or corrosion.
All OmniFounts' drop-in valve covers allow for efficient water run-off over the water seal, which means less dirt and grime accumulates in the water seal groove.
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Horn fly control
Ultra Saber is Schering-Plough Animal Health's newest pour-on insecticide for horn fly protection. The active ingredient, Lambdacyhalothrin and synergist piperonyl butoxide (PBO), has resulted in a 99% and 87% reduction in fly pressure over eight weeks.
Doses are 10 mL (⅓ oz.) for cattle weighing less than 600 lbs., and 15 mL (½ oz.) for cattle weighing over 600 lbs. Ultra Saber is available in 900-mL bottles (treats 90, 550-lb. animals; or 60, 1,100-lb. animals) or gallon jug (treats 378, 550-lb. animals; or 252, 1,100-lb. animals).
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