PowerMaster Pig Injector

Durvet introduces the new 2 ml. PowerMaster Pig Injector. Powered by LP gas, the unit has the capacity to fire a perfectly calibrated dose of selected, injectable pharmaceutical or biological product. Recycling in as little as one-half second between injections, the speed, combined with the injector's accuracy, ease of use and safety, helps pork producers vaccinate large numbers of animals in a fraction of the time it would take using a traditional inoculation delivery device. The injector can be calibrated to administer 0.5 ml. increments up to a full 2 ml. dose. Constructed of strong, lightweight plastic and metal, the unit is built to last with minimal maintenance required.
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Gene Marker for Daily Gain

Newsham Genetics, LC, has announced that its Belgian sister company, Gentec NV, and researchers at the University of Liege, also in Belgium, have discovered a new gene marker for daily gain in swine. Brent Mitchell, chief operating officer for Newsham Genetics says, “We expect this development to help us fine-tune our unique selection process and set a new performance standard.”

Nadine Buys, the molecular geneticist at Gentec involved with the discovery, says the patent-pending marker is linked to the more than 25g. (0.055 lb.) per day of variation in daily gain on slaughter pigs, calculated from birth to slaughter. “The new marker has no negative influence on backfat thickness, lean meat percentage or meat quality characteristics,” she adds. “This means that the new marker is a real breakthrough, as it will not only improve turnover in finishing units, but also will have a significant influence on feed conversion.”
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Protect Your Hands

Many livestock medications, chemicals, detergents and solvents are absorbed directly into workers' skin, causing skin disorders or dry, cracked skin. Gloves In A Bottle, a lotion, makes the outer layer of skin work like an invisible pair of gloves to keep the moisture-robbing irritants out while retaining natural moisture. It is virtually undetectable when dry, lasts four hours or more and comes off naturally.
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Utility Tractor

New Holland's new TC49DA and TC55DA Boomer utility tractors have the power for tough jobs. Because of their convenient size and ample power, these tractors are productive on the job, yet are easy to transport on a trailer. The sleeveless parent bore engine design of the tractor features a deep skirt and ribbed block for added strength and durability. The unique Omega-shaped bowl at the top of each piston helps to thoroughly mix air and fuel, producing more horsepower per gallon of fuel and turning more of its gross engine horsepower into usable power at the PTO and drawbar. The 18LA Quick-Latch front-end loader, specifically designed for the Boomer models, features a unique, curved-boom design with a 2,500-lb. lift capacity.
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Swine Influenza Virus Vaccine

Schering-Plough Animal Health Corp. introduces the first trivalent vaccine for swine influenza virus (SIV). MaxiVac Excell 3, a killed-virus vaccine, protects against all major strains of SIV circulating in the U.S. swine population. It features a new variant or “reassortant” strain of H1N1 subtype in addition to the classical H1N1 subtype that has been circulating in U.S. hogs for decades. The vaccine also contains an H3N2 subtype that protects against the Cluster 1 Texas-like H3N2 subtype, as well as cross-protects against Cluster III variants of H3N2. MaxiVac Excell 3 is approved for use in pigs 5 weeks of age or older, including boars and pregnant sows. The vaccine also has been shown to reduce pneumonia and lung infection following challenge. The company recommends vaccinating healthy pigs with a 2 ml. intramuscular dose and revaccinating two to three weeks later.
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Reduce Pit Crust

Accelerator Plus from Agtech Products, Inc. is the first product developed specifically to reduce pit crust on stored manure primarily caused by the accumulation of the pericarp (outer shell of corn). The product contains enzymes chosen for their ability to digest the pericarp of the corn kernel and other hard-to-digest feed substances, thereby limiting the formation of the crust. Pit crust also provides a more ideal environment for flies and rodents; therefore, the product also serves as an important part of any biosecurity program.
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