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Free-choice protection

Hubbard Feeds offers EASYLIX® Specialty Pressed Blocks to solve problems caused by bloat, flies and anaplasmosis — and improve rate of gain.

  • Bloat is prevented with Easylix Bloat Guard blocks, which contain poloxalane.

  • The Easylix Rumensin block gives growing cattle an improved rate of gain while grazing high-quality pasture.

  • Easylix Rabon Molasses controls flies with Rabon oral larvicide. Adult horn flies are minimized through the Altosid Insect Growth Regulator in the Easylix IGR Fly Control blocks.

  • Anaplasmosis is a blood-borne disease caused by parasites. With the Easylic Aureo Anaplaz block, Aureomycin is offered free-choice to cattle that may be susceptible to the parasite.
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Non-high-tension bander

S&J Tools introduces the XL Bander, a non-knife option for castration. The XL is ideal for bulls 250-750 lbs., and requires no tightening. Simply spread the band open with the applicator, slip the band into place, and release it. The XL Bander is ideal for ranchers who want the benefits of delayed castration, but not the hassle and expense of high-tension banders.
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Half-top trailer

Featherlite's Model 8131 half-top gooseneck livestock trailer features an open roof for optimum airflow from its center gate to its rear. Manufactured with corrosion-resistant aluminum that's lighter to tow, the trailer also has brush fenders, a single axle and a skid-resistant aluminum floor.
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New partnership

Pfizer Animal Health and AgInfoLink have teamed up to offer age- and source-verification along with the Pfizer SelectVAC program. SelectVAC's vaccination and management practices prepare calves for weaning and shipping — helping to ensure delivery of healthy calves to buyers. Now, using the AgInfoLink USDA-approved Process Verified Program (PVP), those cattle can also be age- and source-verified. And the audit process is done up front, so there's no additional audit requirement, giving producers a wide range of options to market their animals.
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Fetal protection from BVD

Intervet has received USDA approval for a label claim for Vista as an aid in the prevention of fetal infection caused by bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) Type 1. This claim provides protection for the entire pregnancy — including protection from persistent infection from BVD Type 1 during the first trimester of pregnancy, but also protection against congenital infections in the second and third trimesters.
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Market strategies

DTN's Six Factors Market Strategies reduce market analysis to six factors to simplify commodity marketing. Offering conservative marketing strategies for both futures traders and cash traders, the program educates producers on how to market their production by providing a well-rounded view of market conditions and helping manage risk by forward contracting, cash analysis and gauging input prices.
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First U.S. beef to Japan moves well

A hopeful sign that belies some earlier consumer polling, Japanese consumers reached out to U.S. beef in its Aug. 9 reappearance in Japan. More than 5 metric tons of U.S. beef that went on sale at three Costco stores in the Tokyo area sold out in the first day, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) reports. The U.S. beef products were the first to sell in Japan since January.

USMEF says the Costco reintroduction demonstrates consumers are open to factual information and willing to give the product a try. Japanese shoppers lined up for tastes of U.S. beef being sampled at the store, and many purchased multiple packs of the product.

USMEF introduced its “We Care” promotion on Aug. 4, designed to demonstrate the U.S. beef industry's assurance program for food safety, quality and taste; and re-establish the high-quality image of U.S. beef previously held by the Japanese. The campaign includes ads in major newspapers, a Web site (http://wecare.jp/), retail and foodservice promotions, interviews and public-relations events. They will be followed later by a major media conference, seminars and “We Care” barbecues.

Drought halts expansion

One significant sign of the 2006 drought's impact is cow-harvest rates have picked-up dramatically, essentially halting nationwide cow herd expansion. Analysts at the Denver, CO-based Livestock Marketing Information Center say if recent trends continue, the Jan. 1, 2007, U.S. beef cow inventory could be below that of 2006.

Lack of moisture combined with concerns for tight forage supplies this winter have resulted in a larger number of cull-beef cows in the harvest mix than under more normal circumstances. At the same time, dairy-cow harvest has also increased, not only due to tighter supplies of quality forage but also lower milk prices.

The drought's impacts can also be seen in average dressed weights in the Southern Plains this fall, which have been moderated by the number of lightweight cattle placed into feedlots and increased cow slaughter.

On a weekly average basis, federally inspected (FI) cow harvest for July totaled 393,500 head, 18% above the respective period a year ago but slightly larger than the 2000-2004 average. For the month of July, FI beef-cow harvest on a weekly basis totaled 227,000, 26% larger than 2005's. For the same period, dairy-cow harvest based on weekly data totaled 166,000 head, a year-to-year increase of 8%.

However, dairy-cow harvest was well below the prior five-year average, down 8% in July. Both beef- and dairy-cow harvest is expected to be above a year ago for the remainder of the year, which will continue to pressure harvest cow prices.