Pig Flooring

Dura-Trac welded, steel rod truss frame flooring comes complete with a plastic coating to conserve pigs' body heat and reduce stress caused by cuts and abrasions. The plastic-coated steel flooring provides more durable wear than all-plastic flooring. The truss frame design dramatically reduces installation cost, requiring little or no maintenance. The flooring spans manure pits up to 10 ft. wide, comes in 30-in. widths and accommodates pigs up to 60 lb.
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Estrus Synchronization Product for Gilts Approved

Intervet Inc. recently announced the launch of Matrix, the first product approved for estrus synchronization in mature, cycling gilts. The active ingredient, altrenogest, is a synthetic progestagen that mimics progesterone to block follicular development and suppress heat. When withdrawn, follicular development commences, leading to estrus and ovulation. Treatment is recommended only in gilts that have completed at least one estrous cycle.

The product is spray applied with a special device that delivers a fixed 15 mg./dose. A snap-on, quick-coupling connector is specially designed to fit the 1,000 ml (30 oz.) bottle, enough to treat 10.5 gilts for 14 days. Cost per gilt treated for the 14-day period is about $20.50. Individual housing is recommended to ensure gilts receive the proper dose.

Research has shown that when gilts were fed 15 mg. of altrenogest daily for 14 consecutive days, up to 85% displayed estrus within 4-9 days after withdrawal.

The company says the product improves breeding herd efficiencies through better scheduling of boar semen delivery to maximize potency and offers more efficient gilt pool management with greater emphasis on selecting only the best genetics, and fewer gilts are needed to match breeding dates with production schedules.
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Combination Vaccine

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. launches Ingelvac HPE-1, a combination vaccine for prevention and control of Haemophilus parasuis (HPS) and erysipelas. The single-dose product provides extended duration of immunity to 23 weeks against erysipelas and 19 weeks against HPS. Pigs 3 weeks of age and older should be vaccinated with a 2-ml. dose intramuscularly. The vaccine provides equal to superior protection of two-dose products due to superior production techniques and an Impran adjuvant.
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Emergency Curtain Drop

Controltech has developed PowerDrop, a new time-delay emergency curtain drop. The curtain drops automatically during a power failure. It features a five-minute drop delay, spring-loaded forced release, instant manual reset, battery-free operation, epoxy-sealed electromagnet and stainless steel construction.
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Compact Utility Tractor

AGCO introduces the new GT series 45- to 73-PTO hp tractors to complete the AGCO line. Whether 2WD or 4WD or cab or platform configuration, the GTs offer the perfect balance of power to weight and a turning radius of 10.5 ft. The series includes the GT45, GT55, GT65 and GT75 and features 3- and 4-cylinder engines with SynchroShuttle transmissions with four speed ranges (16 forward, eight reverse speeds) and push-button controls for PTO, all-wheel drive and differential lock.
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Wet-Dry Tube Feeder

The new Thorp “ultimate” wet-dry tube feeder is virtually maintenance-free. The waterline is adjustable and the vacuum valve maintains a constant water level for pigs of all sizes without any nipples to leak or adjust. All water trays are connected to one vacuum that fills all of the trays regardless of tube feeder size.
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Feed Batching System

Agtronix announces the release of its FS320 Feed Batching System. The rugged, dust-tight unit controls loading of feed ingredients into new or existing feed mixers on a weight basis using the built-in digital scale. The unit stores up to 100 recipes, sequentially runs up to 30 batches and can unload to up to 20 locations. Complete feed records are maintained and can be transferred to a personal computer running Windows software.
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Center Pivot Control

Valmont Irrigation announces the cams Pocket Pro, a personal digital assistant (PDA) with cell phone capabilities that allows producers to monitor and control their center pivots. The Pocket Pro is designed with the user in mind, providing simple, intuitive, easy-to-use graphics. A phone link is used at the pivot point, which communicates with the irrigation control panel. The operator using the Pocket Pro calls the phone link, and the PDA provides the screens to see the status and control the functions of the irrigation equipment.
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