The PharVision Palm Scan from Classic Medical can be used for early pregnancy checking as well as accurate backfat thickness and loin depth measurements. The scanner features a hard-faced probe cap to help reduce the chance of hitting the crystal, a more robust motor for driving the probe, and a formed probe cap that allows you to feel the plane of scan without having to look at the probe. The lightweight unit (6.5 oz.) has a rechargeable battery, easy-to-use control buttons and a very sharp image display with four variable depths, making it easier to enlarge an image for more precise caliper placement.
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Nutripro Biosystems (NBS) introduces a new product line that reduces environmental odors and noxious gases associated with swine production, while assisting in managing and fortifying nutrient waste. The NBS products are all formulated with naturally occurring microbial components generally recognized as safe and related proprietary microbial activation factors. MicrobMix is a unique, direct-fed microbial feed additive that enhances gastrointestinal performance and aides in the management of noxious waste by-products. Waste Activator, Pit Pac and Lagoon Activator are formulated to improve confinement environment and reduce hydrogen sulfide and ammonia emissions. Waste Activator is applied in conjunction with the feeding of MicrobMix. Pit Pac and Lagoon Activator are stand-alone products formulated for use in hog confinement deep storage pits and lagoons, respectively.
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Injectable Antibiotic Approved
A single-dose, long-lasting injectable antibiotic for swine is now available from Pfizer Animal Health. Excede for Swine sterile suspension is a sustained-release form of ceftiofur that provides continuous protection for at least seven days. The product is effective in treating Actinobacillus pleuropneumonia, Pasteurella multocida, Haemophilus parasuis and Streptococcus suis. The single dose means pigs can be handled less frequently, reducing labor and the added physical stress on animals from multiple injection treatments. The product's timed-release formulation produces sustained injection site concentrations that dictate a 14-day, pre-slaughter withdrawal period.
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Phibro Animal Health announces the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of the combination use of Mecadox and feedgrade Terramycin for swine. The company says this new combination clearance means producers can now get improved pig performance and excellent protection against both enteric and respiratory diseases for less cost. With this combination clearance, swine producers can now keep Mecadox in pig diets from weaning throughout the nursery and early grower, even when feeding a pneumonia medication.
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Useful and Effective Rodenticide
Neogen Corporation's new Havoc XT-Blok combines a powerful active ingredient with a superior shape and weather resistance to form a useful and effective rodenticide. Havoc XT is a uniquely shaped, low-profile block that fits into narrow cracks and crevices, and features many sharp edges and grooves for easy gnawing. Because of durability and weather resistance, the bait is one of only a few products approved for sewer and drain usage. The product can be easily secured in bait stations, or on rods or wires, to keep the product securely in place. The product is also dyed a dark blue to minimize its attractiveness to nontarget species, and contains Bitrex, a powerful human taste deterrent.
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Nursery and Grow-Finish CDs
Health and Management of Nursery Pigs and Health and Management of Grow-Finish Pigs are the two, new, user-friendly nursery and grow finish CDs from Sus Multimedia. The CDs include topics such as transportation, biosecurity, environmental management, nutrition, health and waste management, and in the grow-finish CD, an extensive section on marketing and meat quality. Spanish language versions of all Sus Multimedia CDs are currently in production.
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Oral Gel Supplement
Trouw Nutrition USA introduces Survivor Tubes, a multi-species oral gel nutrition supplement. The new gel tubes are intended for use during the critical period from birth through the first week of life to boost the developing immune system of pigs. Survivor utilizes Trouw Nutrition's exclusive Greenline technology, a synergistic blend of natural ingredients, including Protimax hyperimmunized egg protein, developed to promote a healthier gut environment and improve the natural immunity of young animals.
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