Newest hybrid alfalfa
HybriForce-3400 GEN-3, a new hybrid alfalfa introduced by Dairyland Seed, boasts up to a 5% yield bump over Dairyland’s HybriForce-2400 GEN-2, and will be available in limited quantities for 2014 spring planting. The company says HybriForce-3400 GEN-3 also shows a 12.3% yield advantage over competitive alfalfas in 21 university trials in seven states. Hybrid alfalfas, developed using technology patented by Dairyland Seed, are first-generation crosses between two unique parent lines. The hybrids maintain the yield of those lines by controlling pollination.
“Growers can feel confident when choosing HybriForce-3400 GEN-3, as it is very closely related to GEN-2, but with a significant parental change that provides the 5% boost in yield,” says Steve Wagner, Dairyland alfalfa plant breeder. The fall dormancy 4 variety is highly resistant to most major alfalfa diseases, and maintains the uniformity, palatability and good leaf-to-stem ratio that the company’s other HybriForce products provide, says Tim Clark, forage product manager.
For more information, visit www.dairylandseed.com.
Air filter cleaner
Innovative Products of America’s (IPA®) latest innovation — the Air Comb® Filter and Radiator Cleaner (patent pending) — helps ranchers save time and money. The unit’s long-reach, 90°, multi-port air flow and focused, high pressure at five times the air volume of single-port air guns make it ideal for thorough cleaning of cylinder-style air filters, radiators, condensers and other hard-to-reach applications. The Air Comb Filter and Radiator Cleaner is available in 12-, 24-, 36- and 48-in. lengths.
For more information, call IPA at 888-786-7899 or visit www.ipatools.com.
Cattle handling tool
Avoid cattle distractions in handling facilities by adding the high-density polyethylene plastic bull sheet from W-W Livestock to panels, sweep tubs and alleys. In addition to promoting calm cattle flow, the bull sheet improves cattle safety by eliminating sharp edges and keeping legs inside fencing.
Made of tough, durable plastic, the low-maintenance product resists insects, moisture and bacteria. It can be ordered with all W-W panels, sweep tubs and alleys, or purchased separately to retrofit to existing W-W equipment.
For more information, visit www.wwmanufacturing.com.
BVD 1b protection
USDA has issued a Veterinary Biological License for Viralign 6®, the first combination modified-live virus (MLV) vaccine to provide targeted protection against bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus 1b — the most predominant BVD virus strain in the U.S. Marketed by Elanco, Viralign 6 also provides protection against BVD viral strains 1a and 2, bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV), infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) virus and parainfluenza3 (PI3) virus.
Carl Guthrie, DVM and director of Elanco beef technical services, says Viralign 6 is the first USDA-approved MLV vaccine to include antigens for all three major BVD viruses, including 1b. Viralign 6 enables low-volume, subcutaneous administration in cattle 5 months of age or older, and is available in 10- and 50-dose packages through veterinarians and animal-health distributors.
For more information, contact your Elanco sales representative or technical consultant, or visit elanco.us.
Worksaver grapple rake
Worksaver Inc. offers the ETG-26 Dual Tine Grapple Rake for use on 30-80-hp front loaders or skid steers with the universal attaching system. The ETG-26 features two upper grapples that are 20 in. wide, and lower tines spaced 10 in. apart, for an overall width of 72 in. The tine grapple is ideal for piling, loading brush and handling other materials while leaving dirt behind.
The upper grapple design provides clamping force to hold material securely, featuring greaseable pivot points for long service life, and shield plates to protect the hydraulic cylinders. Additionally, a low-profile design offers great forward visibility for superior control in close quarters, and easy access to the skid steer or loader seat.
For more information, call 217-324-5973 or visit www.worksaver.com/product/etggrapple.html.
Vermeer mower conditioner line
Vermeer introduces a mower conditioner line that combines productivity, flexibility and convenience into one powerful package. The three models available — MC2800, MC3300 and MC3700 — offer operators the unit best for their operation.
At the heart of the new units is the modular, shaft-driven Q3™ Cutter Bar that helps fuel efficiency with minimal gear-to-gear interface, requiring less horsepower than gear bed-style cutter bars. Practical innovations, including the Quick-Clip® Blade Retention System and Quick-Change™ Shear Ring, make changing blades and repairing a sheared device quick and simple.
The new mower conditioners also are equipped with a nitrogen-charged accumulator suspension system to provide a consistent weight on the cutter bar throughout the full range of motion. And operators can easily customize suspension settings for their specific field conditions with a simple turn of a lever.
A choice of steel roller or V-tine conditioner is available on all models, while multiple swath adjustments give users more control over their windrow formation. In addition, the line offers cutting widths of 9.1 ft. on the MC2800, 10.5 ft. on the MC3300 and 12 ft. on the MC3700.
For more information, visit vermeer.com.
Featherlite’s Model 8271 stock hauler combines the best features of semi and gooseneck stock trailers. Designed for farmers and ranchers, who often need to haul a herd of cattle in as few trips and with as little hassle as possible, the Model 8271 combines the chassis of a 40-ft. semi stock trailer with an all-aluminum subframe and a gooseneck hitch.
A lack of internal fenders further increases the Model 8271’s carrying capacity. The gooseneck hitch not only improves maneuverability, but also allows the unit to be hauled by a wider variety of vehicles than a trailer with a semi hitch would allow. The trailer can be customized with options that include halogen load lights, colored side sheets and aluminum wheels.
For more information, contact your nearest Featherlite dealership, call 800-800-1230 or visit Featherlite online at www.fthr.com.
ProstaMate™ gets FDA approval
Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health announces FDA approval for ProstaMate™ (dinoprost tromethamine) sterile solution for cattle, swine and mares in support of reproduction management as prescribed by veterinarians. ProstaMate is indicated for estrus synchronization and treatment of unobserved estrus and chronic endometritis in cattle. Currently only available through Bayer-approved distributors, ProstaMate is approved for intramuscular administration only. It is sold in 30- and 90-ml vials, with recommended dosages for cattle at 25 mg (5 ml)/cow.
For more information about ProstaMate, contact Bayer Veterinary Services at 800-422-9874 or visit www.bayerlivestock.com.
Bale slicer makes feeding easier
Remlinger Manufacturing offers the PFM Series 600 Bale Slicer to cut bales of hay, straw and silage quickly and efficiently for indoor or outdoor feeding, or bedding for your cowherd. The slicer features four bale spears to carry bales securely from storage to feeding locations, and is designed to fit skid-steer loaders, with an optional three-point hitch built to fit all category 2-3 tractors.
For more information, call 800-537-7370 or visit www.remlingermfg.com.