Heat Lamp Controller
RetroLite Corporation introduces the Comfort Zone 20 Power Control. The new controller can be used independently to adjust the heat output of two heat lamp fixtures. Each controller takes a standard 175-watt bulb, which allows it to be operated at 175, 125 or 100 watts, thus saving energy and allowing quicker temperature adjustment for piglets. The power controller allows the same lamp to be used in summer and winter, which reduces the need for frequent changes in fixture height.
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New Corn Hybrids
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. announces the release of 62 new Pioneer brand corn hybrids for the 2006 planting season. The list includes nine new genetic families with 34 hybrids containing technology from the Herculex family of insect control, and 28 new hybrids containing the Roundup Ready Corn 2 trait. The Herculex family offers three insect protection options for growers. Twenty-three new hybrids will contain the Herculex I trait for above-ground insect protection. Eleven new hybrids will contain the Herculex RW gene for transgenic corn rootworm control. The Herculex I gene protects the corn plant against European and southwestern corn borer, western bean cutworm, black cutworm, fall armyworm, corn earworm, sugarcane borer, southern cornstalk borer and lesser cornstalk borer, while the Herculex RW trait protects against western, northern and Mexican corn rootworms. In 2005, hybrids with Herculex RW and Herculex XTRA, a combination of Herculex I and Herculex RW traits, were tested by Pioneer for yield and efficacy against larval corn rootworm feeding. In normal growing conditions, the effectiveness of Herculex RW in controlling feeding was equal to that of insecticides.
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Skin MD Natural is a new “shielding lotion” from 21st Century Formulations. It is perfect for those working with their hands, because it enhances the skin's own natural protection while hydrating the skin. The lotion contains an effective combination of natural ingredients with a moisturizing factor 10 times higher than glycerin, a standard ingredient in skin care products. It is very effective in helping to prevent damage when working with livestock, doing veterinary work, cleaning barns and more. It also helps protect against chemicals, common cleaning products, pesticides and hundreds of other irritants.
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Agrisel USA, Inc. offers a unique rodenticide formulation to control rats and mice found in swine confinement units. Designed as a neurotoxin, Gladiator is Environmental Protection Agency-approved for anticoagulant-resistant rodents. The neurotoxin formula, combined with high palatability, kills rodents in a single dose. Traditional anticoagulant rodenticides allow rodents to continue feeding for up to five days, but rodents eating Gladiator die within one to two days, which stops feeding and reproduction cycles more quickly. Because rodents ingest a minimal amount of product, dogs, cats and predators are not affected by ingesting Gladiator-poisoned rodents. The bait also contains Bitrex, an ingredient with a bitter taste that discourages accidental consumption by children.
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Chemical Feed Pump
Diemold International, Inc. announces the Gator-XL, a non-electric, water-powered, heavy-duty chemical feed pump. The pump weighs 5½ lb. and will operate at pressures up to 120 psi (lb./sq. in.). The Gator-XL can be utilized in irrigation systems, sanitation applications, water conditioning and animal health — anywhere additives are needed in water. It accurately pumps a variety of chemicals, including fertilizers, disinfectants, chlorine, acids, soaps and pharmaceuticals, with no need for separate pumping units for different chemicals. The Gator-XL can be installed directly to pipes or connected with flexible hoses.
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American Coolair Corporation introduces the FGDC fan, which features a new cast-aluminum airfoil blade assembly for superior air performance. The three-bladed prop allows for more regain and faster spinning, which improves energy efficiency, says the company. The fiberglass FGDC is available in 16-in., 20-in., 26-in., and 36-in. sizes. Specially-formed structural components also provide sturdy, yet aerodynamic, support. Variable-speed controls are available to meet the needs of any ventilation situation.
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