Long-acting product gains new endorsement to treat common swine respiratory disease.

Pork producers have been given a new weapon in the fight against Mycoplasmal pneumonia. DRAXXIN (tulathromycin) Injectable Solution from Pfizer Animal Health is now approved to provide a long-acting, one-shot solution to control outbreaks. “Mycoplasmal pneumonia is one of the industry's most economically significant diseases because it affects growing pigs everywhere,” says Steve Sornsen, DVM, director of Veterinary Services for Pfizer Animal Health. “DRAXXIN is rapidly released from the injection site and absorbed into the tissue. The product acts quickly for long-lasting concentration in the lung tissue to provide excellent efficacy in fighting respiratory disease. Furthermore, the extended duration of antimicrobial activity of DRAXXIN has been proven in live pigs to be up to nine days after a single intramuscular injection in an Actinobacillus pleuropneumonia challenge model.” DRAXXIN is labeled for and is highly effective against five key bacterial pathogens that cause swine respiratory disease associated with Actinobacillus pleuropneumonia, Pasteurella multocida, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Haemophilus parasuis and now Mycoplasmal pneumonia. The product provides a low-dose volume and comes in 50, 100, 250 and 500-ml. sizes. The one-shot treatment reduces labor and stress on animals and speeds their recovery. DRAXXIN has a five-day, pre-slaughter withdrawal period, and should not be given to pigs that are hypersensitive to the product. For more information, visit www.Draxxin.com.

Large Pen Gestation System

Schick Enterprises has introduced the Automatic Gestation System (AGS), an alternative to conventional sow gestation methods. The automated large pen gestation system provides access to individual sows. Schick Enterprises, creator of SortAll Revolution, has developed AGS using RFID (radio frequency identification) technology to feed, track, separate and sort groups of as many as 300 sows. Tasks such as feeding, vaccinating and pregnancy testing are simplified using this automatic sow management tool. Plus, managing sows, checking system status, utilizing data and accessing the system remotely are all made possible through the intuitive software interface that comes standard with AGS. With AGS, all sows are fed at the same time, significantly reducing sow aggression. The sow gestation system also provides better sow condition and minimal maintenance. For more information, call (800) 527-7675 or visit www.schickenterprises.com.

Utility Tractors

New Holland's rugged new 70- to 96 PTO-hp T5000 Series utility tractors are constructed for long life and durability with high-strength frames, axles and components. Their power and strength apply to heavy-duty loader work and handling larger, heavier implements, as well as working with tough hay conditions and demanding roadside mowing applications. The four-cylinder engines provide the power and torque for big jobs, and are turbocharged and intercooled for maximum fuel efficiency. The maximum engine speed has been reduced from 2,500 rpms to 2,300 rpms to further reduce engine noise and extend engine life. A hydraulic gear pump with an increased flow of 16.1 gpm provides hydraulic power, while a separate steering pump provides 10.4 gpm to the hydrostatic steering system. It also features a new hydraulic combining valve. Axles offer more capacity. Four standard and deluxe models are offered, with a flat-deck platform or all-weather cab. The standard models comes in two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Deluxe models feature Dual Command transmission with one power-shift per gear and convenient no-clutch, electro-hydraulic power shuttle. For more information, go to www.newholland.com/na.

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