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Articles from 2009 In August


Hobart Upgrades its Portable Air Plasma Cutting Line with Inverter Tech; Unveils Power Savvy AirForce™ 500i and AirForce™ 700i

Two new lightweight plasma cutters from Hobart Welding Products offer fabricators increased portability and flexible power options coupled with the largest cutting ability in Hobart’s line. The AirForce™ 500i can plug into 115- or 130-VAC power receptacles for a 3/8-in. rated cut on mild steel. For heavy-duty applications, the AirForce™ 700i, powered by 230-VAC, delivers a rated 7/8-in. cut on mild steel at 50-percent duty cycle.

Highlights/Key Facts

AirForce 500i

• Connects to 115- or 230-VAC power using simple Multi-Voltage Plug, (MVP)

• Excels at cutting 3/8 in. mild steel and can even sever 5/8 in. steel

• Ideal for light construction, body shops, HVAC duct work

AirForce 700i

• Largest cut capacity of Hobart’s line: rated cut on 5/8-in. mild steel, can sever 7/8-in.

• Draws up to 30-percent less amperage than competitive units

• Ideal for maintenance, light construction, body shops and fabrication

APPLETON, Wis., Aug. 27, 2009––Hobart Welding Products today introduces the AirForce™ 500i and AirForce™ 700i portable air plasma cutters. Both units are built with the latest inverter technology for a lightweight, yet powerful design compared to previous models. Featuring an ergonomic trigger safety, more efficient air consumption and economically priced torch consumables, both units offer numerous conveniences and a cutting performance that directly benefits those working in light industrial applications such as maintenance, light construction, body shops, fabrication and HVAC.

Available through farm/ranch and hardware/tool retailers in the US and Canadian markets, the AirForce 500i has an MSRP of $1,299 US, and the AirForce 700i has an MSRP of $1,499 US; prices will vary by retailer.

Out of the Box Convenience

Both the AirForce 500i and 700i come ready with Hobart’s 16.5 ft. (5 m) ergonomic hand-held torch; designed for increased comfort, more efficient post-flow air cooling and economical replacement tips. The units come with extra replacement tips (2 tips, 2 electrodes), and a convenient cable management strap for easy transportation.

When either unit is attached to an air compressor, Hobart’s new HP torch is more energy efficient using less gas flow/pressure to achieve the same output as previous models. The AirForce 500i requires a 3.0 cubic foot per minutes (CFM) gas flow/pressure at 90-120 PSI. The AirForce 700i requires 4.8 CFM at 90-120 PSI.

AirForce 500i – Flexible Power Options

Ideal for light construction, body shops and HVAC ductwork, the AirForce 500i weighs 27.8 lbs., about half the weight of its predecessor and has the ability to plug into standard 115 or 230 VAC power receptacles using the included Multi-Voltage Plug (MVP™)—no tools required.

Its 27-amp output offers exceptional cutting performance on sheet metal and 3/8-in. mild steel, slicing at 14 inches per minute (IPM). The AirForce 500i cuts faster than mechanical or flame-cutting units, and beats or matches all other plasma machines in its category.

AirForce 700i – Heavy Duty Cutting

The 31.4 lbs. AirForce 700i was built for power and offers the largest capacity within Hobart’s line of plasma cutters. Operating on 230V input power, its 40-amp output offers a ¼-in. to 5/8-in. rated cut on mild steel and can sever up to 7/8-in.

Reliable Performance Features

From the workshop to the jobsite, a plasma cutter simply needs to function when needed most. Both the AirForce 500i and 700i incorporate proven technology and performance features carried over from previous models:

• Wind Tunnel Technology™ – Designed and tested for reliability and durability in rugged, dirty conditions by keeping dust and metal particles from damaging internal components.

• Fan-On-Demand™ – Reduces the amount of airborne material pulled through the unit by turning on the cooling fan only when needed (machines without this feature have a fan that runs continuously.)

• Power Factor Correction (PFC) circuitry – Uses incoming power with a higher efficiency compared to competitive units, drawing 30-percent less amperage for the same cutting range. PFC also expands operators work area via extension cord, while minimizing nuisance circuit breaker trips caused by voltage drops.

• LVC™ line voltage compensation – Even with “dirty” power where the voltage varies by up to 15 percent, AirForce units maintain a steady arc with full cutting output. Most other units only operate within a 10-percent window. The AirForce 500i and 700i finish cuts cleanly by providing a burst of peak performance power to sever the last piece of metal. This reduces or eliminates the need for grinding.

For added protection during transportation from job site to job site, the rugged design places the air filter and regulator inside the unit’s steel casing.

When it comes to performance while operating off an engine drive’s generator power, no plasma cutter in its class performs better than the AirForce units. Paired with an engine drive that has a 240V outlet and at least 8 kW of generator power, the AirForce 700i can deliver its full cutting capabilities, while the AirForce 500i needs only a 6 kW generator for full output.

No other manufacturer offers a better warranty than Hobart does. The AirForce 500i and AirForce 700i is backed by Hobart’s 5/3/1 warranty, which covers the power source for three years and the HP torches for one year on parts and labor.

Image Information

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Caption: The AirForce 500i and 700i from Hobart Welding Products embody inverter technology to offer fabricators increased portability and flexible power options coupled with the largest cutting ability in Hobart’s line.

Product manager quotes“Flexible power options are handy, especially with a 28 lbs. plasma cutter,” states Scott Rozmarynowski, product manager, Hobart Welding Products. “Anyone working in construction, maintenance, HVAC or body/fabrication shops will appreciate the speed at which they can set the AirForce 500i up for 120 or 230V power – all without the use of any tools.”

About Hobart Welding Products

Hobart Welding Products offers a complete line of industrial-grade Stick, MIG, TIG and spot welders, plasma cutters and generator/welding power sources designed for easy use. Hobart products are available through farm and tool retail stores as well as welding supply distributors.

Hobart Welding Products is a division of Hobart Brothers Company, Troy, Ohio, a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW). Based in Glenview, Ill. ITW is a multinational Fortune 200 company that engineers and manufactures welding products, fasteners, components, assemblies and systems for customers around the world.

For more information contact:

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HOBART Welding Products

1635 West Spencer Street

Appleton, WI 54912-1079

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HOBART Welding Products

P.O. Box 100

Lithonia, GA 30058.

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Sales & Customer Support: 1-877-HOBART1 (877-462-2781)


Manage Foot Rot to Protect Cattle Herd Performance

NEW YORK (August 28, 2009) — Producers who recognize foot rot and develop strategies to prevent and treat it can successfully protect their cattle herd’s performance. Causing an estimated 75 percent of all lameness diagnosed in beef cattle, foot rot, or interdigital dermatitis, can be detrimental to the health of a herd and profits of an operation.

Lameness and swelling related to foot rot threatens performance by causing cattle to reduce feed consumption, ultimately resulting in reduced weight gain. In addition, cows affected by foot rot may not get the nutrition they need to produce sufficient milk for nursing calves, and affected bulls are less likely to breed cows during breeding season.

Conditions for foot rot

Foot rot is a bacterial infection in the skin and subcutaneous tissue between the toes of the foot that can extend into tendons, ligaments, joints and foot bones. The bacteria that cause foot rot—including Fusobacterium necrophorum and Porphyromonas levii—are common in the environment, but need the right conditions to grow and cause disease. A break in the skin or a laceration is required for the entry of the bacteria that can cause infection.

“Damp conditions predispose the feet of cattle to damage and infection, making it important to watch for foot rot during wet times of the year, or in areas where there is a buildup of mud and/or manure,” explained Gordon Brumbaugh, DVM, PhD, DACVCP, DACVIM, anti-infectives specialist with Pfizer Animal Health. “It is difficult to totally eliminate rocks, gravel, forage, or ice from pastures or corrals but it is important to recognize that these, or other sharp surfaces, can cut the skin between the toes of the foot and allow bacteria to invade and cause an infection. Vigilance to remove those can help control foot rot.”

Technically, foot rot is not contagious, but chances are good that if one animal develops foot rot, the conditions are right for more animals in the herd to become infected. Also, discharge from the wounds of infected animals may seed the ground with infection-causing bacteria.

Preventing and managing foot rot

Effective strategies for prevention and treatment are important in managing foot rot because of the potential for lameness—the primary and most obvious sign of foot rot. Swelling and lameness can come on suddenly, becoming so painful that cattle lie down and refuse to stand or eat. According to one study, steers with lameness related to foot rot gained 0.45 pounds less per day compared to non-infected animals.

After a proper diagnosis is made with the help of your veterinarian, Brumbaugh recommended starting treatment. Although some very mild cases may respond to cleaning and topical therapy, most cases require the use of systemic anti-infective therapy.

“Extended therapy products can help reduce or limit disease-causing bacteria for a longer period of time and allow the animal’s immune system more time to overcome the effects of the bacteria,” Brumbaugh added. “And to help limit recovery time, affected animals should be kept in dry areas, if possible, until healed.”

Managing this condition starts even before cattle are infected. “By taking the precautions to limit bacterial growth in the surrounding environment, you can save time and money and keep your herd as healthy as possible,” Brumbaugh said.

Research shows up to 15 percent of a herd could become affected by foot rot in the right conditions; therefore, recognizing situations that are conducive to infection is the first step in prevention. Although not fatal, if the infection spreads to an animal’s joints and causes severe lameness, the disease can result in an animal needing more extensive treatment or culling.3

Foot rot management not only includes treating affected cattle with trusted anti-infectives, but also taking steps towards prevention. According to the Beef Cattle Handbook, from the University of Wisconsin, follow these recommendations to help prevent foot rot.

• Keep cattle yards clean and free of sharp objects like stones, glass or rough ground.

• Cover frozen ground with straw.

• Thoroughly clean pens and spread lime after cattle are removed.

• Ensure cattle yards have adequate drainage.

• Create a dry area for cattle to stand with mounds of soil, bedding or concrete slabs.

• Use concrete in areas where cattle congregate, like around water fountains and feed bunks.

• Spread lime with 5 to 10 percent added copper sulfate around watering units and feed bunks.

• Consider the use of walk-through foot baths.

• Provide good nutrition, including phosphorus, vitamins A and D, and zinc.

“Because the organisms that cause foot rot are found everywhere, the best way to prevent the disease is to promote hoof health,” Brumbaugh encouraged. “Then watch for signs of the disease, recognize the condition early and treat according to your veterinarian’s recommendations.”

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company, is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines. Pfizer Animal Health is dedicated to improving the safety, quality and productivity of the world’s food supply by enhancing the health of livestock and poultry; and in helping companion animals live longer and healthier lives. For additional information on Pfizer Animal Health’s portfolio of animal products, visit


NALF Calls Attention to Teat, Udder Scoring

As fall calving begins, the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) encourages its members to score their cows’ teat sizes and udder suspensions so the data can help guide future selection decisions.

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) has standardized guidelines for teat and udder scoring. The system requires a separate score for each, both on 9-point scales. Breeders should evaluate their cows within 24 hours after calving, and NALF has illustrations available to help them assign scores. Refer to the “Genetic Evaluation” section of the association’s Web site (, or call its home office at (303) 220-1693.

Teat scores range from 9 (very small) to 1 (very large and balloon-shaped). They are subjective assessments of teat length and circumference. In general, smaller teat sizes are more desirable. Oversized teats are difficult for newborn calves to nurse, depriving them of adequate colostrum.

Udder scores range from 9 (very tight) to 1 (very pendulous). They represent assessments of udder support. Weak udder suspension results in pendulous udders that make it difficult for a calf to nurse. It also indicates a weak supporting ligament, which might subject the udder to increased injury.

“More emphasis is being placed on monitoring teats and udders because they can affect calf performance and cow longevity,” said Lauren Hyde, Ph.D., director of performance programs for NALF, who chaired the BIF committee that proposed the scoring system.

She said NALF plans to use udder and teat scores in genetic evaluation once members submit a sufficient number of records.

The North American Limousin Foundation (, headquartered in Centennial, Colo., provides programs and services – including genetic evaluation of 5,000 active sires – to more than 4,000 members and their commercial customers. The Limousin breed and its Lim-Flex® hybrid lead the beef industry in muscle-growth efficiency and ideally complement British breeds.



Hereford Breeders to Gather in Kansas City for Annual Meeting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Members of the American Hereford Association (AHA) will gather in Kansas City Oct. 30 - Nov. 2 for the 2009 Annual Meeting. Hereford enthusiasts from across the U.S. will enjoy a full schedule of events and activities including the Annual Meeting and the National Hereford Show during the American Royal.

The Annual Membership Meeting, which is open to the public, will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at the Hilton President Kansas City. Association members selected 134 delegates to conduct the Association’s business at the meeting and to elect three new members to serve on the AHA Board of Directors.

The Board candidates are Cliff Copeland, Nara Visa, N.M.; Marty Lueck, Mountain Grove, Mo. Dale Micheli, Ft. Bridger, Wyo.; Les Midla, Marianna, Pa.; Phillip Moon, Harrison, Ark.; and Kevin Shultz, Haviland, Kan.

The Association’s Annual Report will be presented and distributed during the Annual Meeting along with other reports on activities within the Association, Hereford Publications Inc., Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC and the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA). This year’s Hereford Heritage Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit recipients will also be recognized as well as Century and Golden Breeders.

But before the Annual Meeting, the weekend kicks off Friday evening at the Hilton President Kansas City with the Women’s Forum on the Future. Women in the Hereford industry will continue to discuss the possible merger of the two women’s organizations: the National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) and the American Hereford Women (AHW).

Saturday will be the educational breeders’ forums, AHW and NOP annual meetings, and the AHA Board candidate question and answer session, all at the Hilton President Kansas City. All Hereford breeders are encouraged to attend these meetings.

At 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., a bus will be available outside the hotel to shuttle attendees to the American Royal Complex for the Ladies of the Royal sale, which will start at 4 p.m. The sale preview will begin at 2 p.m. Following the sale, at around 5:30 Saturday evening, there will be a Boots and Brew HYFA reception in the American Royal Governor’s room at the American Royal Complex.

Sunday morning the junior Hereford show will begin at 8 at the American Royal Complex. The junior show judge will be Cody Lowderman, Macomb, Ill. The National Hereford Show will follow the junior show, judged by Randy and Jamie Mullinix, Toulon, Ill. During the show, recipients of 2009 show awards will be recognized and the first National Hereford Queen will be crowned.

For those who can’t make the trip to Kansas City, show results will be available online at

The AHA headquarters hotel will be the Hilton President Kansas City, located at 1329 Baltimore in downtown Kansas City, just blocks from the AHA office. To contact the Hilton President, call (816) 221-9490. The deadline to reserve rooms in the AHA block is Sept. 30.

The hotel is in the recently renovated downtown Kansas City area called the Power and Light District. The nine-square-block area offers retail and dining options as well as entertainment. For more information about dining and entertainment options visit

For general questions about the Annual Meeting and other scheduled events, contact Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757 or [email protected]


Rice Lake’s Mobile Tradeshow is “On the Road” with Fresh New Look

Rice Lake, Wis., August 26th, 2008: Weight measurement is a vital part of business and everyday life, with almost everything being weighed at some point. Rice Lake Weighing Systems has been a supplier of all things weight related for more than sixty years. Now more than ever, Rice Lake is excited to be going “On the Road” with a tour bus packed full of exceptional weighing products and bringing them right to the businesses that use them every day. It’s taking to the streets with a brand new look and the latest in weighing equipment inside. If you think you’ve seen the bus before, you need to see it again!

As Rice Lake goes “On the Road,” even those unable to attend costly trade shows can experience their equipment up close and free of charge. Watch live demonstrations. Ask questions. Learn how weight-based measurement is helping many industries stay competitive and how it can help your business too. The bus brings it all right to your location. Rice Lake supplies products to every industry and market imaginable, and specializes in manufacturing custom solutions on demand. From scales of every size, to weights, calibration, material flow or process control solutions, Rice Lake has exactly what your business needs.

Throughout the year, Rice Lake “On the Road” will be touring North America. To find out when Rice Lake is in your area, or to schedule a visit, call 1-800-472-6703 and ask to speak with Terica. They would be happy to stop by!

Rice Lake Weighing Systems is a family-owned, ISO 9001 certified corporation, with headquarters, metrology laboratory and main manufacturing plant in Rice Lake, WI. Additional manufacturing facilities are located in Jasper, AL. and Newtown, CT. For more information visit

Official BEEF Daily Summer Photo Contest Winners!

Over 100 of you voted in the second BEEF Daily Summer Contest, and the results are in! The top ten boasted great photos including: cattle at the fair, cattle at sunset, cattle in the pasture, cattle in the feedlot and even kids and cattle. The collection of photos in the album, Photo Call, illustrates a diversity in this beef industry that we can all appreciate. So, in this final day in August, I'm ready to announce the winners of this very competitive photo contest. For those of you that missed out this time; don't worry, there are plenty more contests to come. Now, for the winners...




Congratulations to our Grand Champion photograph, "Macie and the Heifers," taken by Kiley Martinell. Kiley's photo won with a majority of the votes. What a fun photo to celebrate summer! Reserve Grand Champion honors go to Bernie Mitchell with his stunning photograph, "Nature's Harmony." It's truly reminiscent of the moment before the end of a long work day on the ranch. Honorable mention goes to Brittany Creamer with her photograph, "Daisy and the Dahlias."

Bernie and Kiley will both receive beautiful Western art prints, valued at $200 a piece, courtesy of BEEF Magazine. Congratulations again, and thanks to all that participated with photo entries and votes. It was so much fun hosting contests this summer, and I look forward to getting you involved on BEEF Daily in the future! Thanks again!

BEEF Daily Quick Fact: Bones are used to make glue and fertilizers. Blood meal, a fertilizer, is made from blood.

Agribusinesses, Animal Rights Groups Negotiate on Farm-Animal Legislation

Michigan agribusiness leaders are discussing compromises to pending state legislation dealing with standards for farm animals in an effort to avoid a ballot initiative from animal-rights advocates.

Michigan swine and poultry industry leaders met with the Humane Society of the United States Thursday to discuss changes to Michigan House bills 5127 and 5128, which were introduced to the house last month.

The two bills, which would codify current farm animal industry standards, are being opposed by the animal-activist group because they fail to address animal-confinement issues.

The ballot initiative being pursued by the Humane Society of the United states would be identical to one passed in California last year, providing caged animals with more space to stand up, lie down, turn around freely and fully extend their limbs.

Farmers and agribusiness leaders say that such provisions would drive up production costs and result in a loss of business for Michigan producers.

``Our industry is such that it is very capital-intensive and any drastic change may not seem like much to the public or to the Humane Society,'' said Tim Vande Bunte, president of Martin-based Konos Inc., the third largest egg producer in the state.

Vande Bunte said Thursday's meeting continued a dialogue between a handful of agribusiness leaders and their representatives and Peter Ruddell, a lobbyist for the Humane Society of the United States.

To read the entire article, link here.

Sign up for Livestock Indemnity Program

The Livestock Indemnity Program provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have incurred livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality as a result of adverse weather.

Eligible disaster conditions include blizzards, disease, extreme cold, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes and wildfires.

Producers will need to contact their Farm Service Agency office to initiate a two step process.

1. File a notice of loss. The final dates to file a notice of loss are: Loss occurred in 2008, final date is Sept. 14, 2009. Losses occurring Jan. 1, 2009, through July 12, 2009, final date is Sept. 14, 2009. Loss occurred after July 13, 2009, and any subsequent losses, final date are 30 days after death is apparent.

2. Application for payment: Losses occurring in 2008 will need to be submitted by Sept. 14, 2009. Losses occurring in 2009 will need to be submitted by Jan. 30, 2010.

For more information on LIP documentation and program requirements, contact your local FSA office.

Uncertainty Drives US Livestock Markets

According to a mid-year baseline report from the University of Missouri Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), uncertainty in the general economy continues to drive the outlook on agricultural markets.

The baseline shows recovery in 2010 for meat and dairy prices, but it depends on general economic recovery and continued reduction of supplies, says MeatInternation.

According to MeatInternational, the mid-August FAPRI baseline is a limited updating of the 10-year baseline released in March 2009 and since then, the agricultural commodities outlook has changed markedly.

A worldwide recession led to weak domestic and international demand for many U.S. agricultural products. That weak demand occurred at the same time the farm sector faced production costs exceeding historical averages.

Price recovery for meat and milk requires continued growth in consumer demand. In response to low prices, both sectors are reducing what was record production.

To read the entire article, link here.