The FlexTra feed auger system from Val-Co features a state-of-the art design.

Val-Co introduces its new line of feed system controls. Flexibility allows operations of 1, 2 or 3 Motor Feed Systems. State-of-the-art design offers a full range of intelligent control and monitoring. The FlexTra will control feed auger run times and delay time, and records total feed auger run time. The wall-mounted model allows remote access. The FlexTra operates on single-phase or three-phase motors. The built-in timer of FlexTra features an alarm that warns of over or under run times and switch malfunctions. An alarm relay can be used to activate external alarm devices such as a car horn or auto dialer. A pressure switch shuts off the feed when the discharge head blocks. FlexTra offers built-in protection against voltage surges. Call (800) 998-2526; e-mail sales@valcompanies.com or visit www.valcompanies.com.

Biofilter

The P-8 Odor Filter captures dust and particulates and reduces hydrogen sulfide and ammonia concentrations from hog barns. The Odor Filter utilizes an environmentally friendly filtering medium that the company claims will capture 80-85% of the odorous particulates. By using the self-cleaning soaker and Odorsol applicator, the filters can be kept wet and clean, thus reducing the number of filter changes. The odor filter demonstrates a proactive, highly visible way to improve air quality. Contact PORC Systems, LLC at (319) 624-7176 or e-mail porcsystems@southslope.net.

Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic

Nuflor Oral 2.3% Concentrate Solution for swine is the broadest-spectrum oral antibiotic for swine respiratory disease, according to Schering-Plough Animal Health Corp. Nuflor provides broad protection against a number of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, including Actinobacillus pleuropneumonia, Pasteurella multocida, Salmonella cholerasuis and Streptococcus suis Type 2. Nuflor is in the class of antibiotics known as florfenicol, discovered and developed by Schering-Plough for use exclusively in animals. The medicated water treatment reduces labored breathing, elevated temperatures, depression and coughing. Nuflor should be used at the first sign of respiratory problems for five consecutive days. There is a 16-day withdrawal period prior to slaughter. Call (800) 211-3573 or visit www.scheringplough.com.

Pig Anti-Crush System

The Anti-Crush System can save more than half of the estimated 1-2.5 piglets/sow/year that die from crushing, according to S.E.C. Repro, Inc. The Anti-Crusher is equipped with an infrared sensor that detects when the sow sits or stands up. The system creates a non-comfort zone by blowing a gentle stream of air under the sow. Piglets want to avoid the airstream and voluntarily move to the comfort zone (heat pad or heat lamp), away from the crushing area. The Anti-Crusher should be installed in the middle of the farrowing crate at 9 to 10 in. from the flooring, one day before and up to the fifth day after farrowing. Then it can be moved to the next location. The Anti-Crusher removes in 30 seconds and takes one minute to reinstall. Call (888) 446-4647; e-mail info@secrepro.com or visit www.secrepro.com.

Skid-Steer Loaders

The new K-Series skid-steer loaders from Bobcat feature the SmartFAN cooling system, a hydraulically-driven cooling fan that senses machine-operating temperatures and then self-regulates rotation speed as necessary. The temperature-controlled, variable-speed fan optimizes the cooling needs of the loader and can be 30% quieter in some operating conditions. An optional sound-reduction package is available. The K-Series continues to offer the exclusive Bobcat dual-path cooling system, which brings in fresh air through the oil cooler and radiator, and exhausts hot air from the engine and hydrostatic area through two side vents. The Bobcat chaincase is virtually maintenance-free. Visit www.bobcatdealer.com

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