The KeepHer, a slip-on style artificial insemination device, is new from D & D Klocke. It is lightweight, multifunctional and easy to use. The device features flexible PVC to keep constant pressure on the flank. This also helps keep the sow in a locked position. The KeepHer can help to identify when the sow is in heat, and also keeps proper semen flow available to the sow. Heavy-duty strapping is used to hold bottles or crochette bags.
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Non-Frozen Ileitis Vaccine
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. has introduced a non-frozen form of its one-dose, oral Enterisol Ileitis vaccine. The non-frozen vaccine provides the same long-lasting, uniform immunity to subclinical and clinical ileitis as the original, frozen form of Enterisol Ileitis, and can be stored in a regular refrigerator. The vaccine can be administered to pigs as early as 3 weeks of age. The new form is also licensed for administration via oral drench.
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In-line Fence Water Cup
The hog water cup from Thorp Equipment, Inc. is designed to fit most standard horizontal gating and can be used for wean-to-finish pigs. It installs easily by twisting and sliding into position and then bolts into place. A single unit waters two pens with one hook-up, saving producers the cost of two separate cups. The all-stainless steel vacuum valve provides a constant, fresh water level for pigs.
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Livestock Cooling Controller
Edstrom Industries, Inc. announces a new livestock cooling controller. The C-440S is the latest version of the popular 24-volt controllers. It operates up to four solenoid valves in sequence and adds several new features including multiple temperature sensor monitoring and Smart Mode operation. The new Smart Mode technology automatically adjusts cycle times, based on the current temperature, to keep ahead of heat stress conditions. As it becomes hotter, livestock are cooled more frequently.
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New e-VENT Controls
The Agri-Aide e-VENT from Osborne Industries, Inc. replaces the CV5 Controller. The controller has three, variable-speed stages and up to eight relay (on/off) stages. Flexible programming allows ventilation system consultants to integrate circulation fans with many combinations of exhaust fans, air conditioners and heaters, using only one e-VENT control. The e-VENT control delivers several useful new functions, including automatic proportional ramping of fan speed to respond to set point temperature changes; a simple, two-knob data entry function; and a testing mode in which the performance of each ventilation stage can be individually checked. Safety features include a high/low temperature alarm and a special “lock-out” feature to prevent unauthorized changes of the control settings.
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All the protection needed to prevent Mycoplasmal pneumonia and erysipelas is now available in one product: RespiSure/ER Bac Plus from Pfizer Animal Health. Containing the same antigens as RespiSure and ER Bac Plus, the new vaccine protects pigs all the way to market. The ER Bac Plus component provides 20 weeks of protection while RespiSure provides lasting efficacy up to 5½ months after vaccination. RespiSure/ER Bac Plus is safe for pregnant sows and gilts and for pigs 3 weeks of age and older. Effective vaccination requires two, 2-ml doses administered approximately three weeks apart, with breeding animals vaccinated every six months with a single booster dose.
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The SelectDoser is a medication, vaccine and nutrient-dispensing system from Genesis Instruments. A peristaltic pump prevents under- and over-dosing. Unique, proprietary software allows swine producers to program 13 preset dispensing ratios of 1:20 up to 1:6,000, eliminating the need for pre-mixing most solutions. The company can also custom-program specified rations before shipping. Side-by-side pumps allow producers to control water pH and quality while injecting medication. Each SelectDoser comes with four different tubes to accommodate various dispensing rations.
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