Bio-Secure Shipping System
Newport Laboratories recently launched the SnoBall Pak Bio-Secure System to minimize the risk of outside contamination when products are shipped directly to operations. The system allows the receiver to transfer the vaccine bottles from the foam-lined shipper box across the bio-secure line to the “clean” side in the receiving area. The receiver lifts out the SnoBall Pak liner, passes the contents to the bio-secure side, leaving the potentially contaminated shipper container in the receiving area. The need for such a system was highlighted in a University of Minnesota study regarding the spread of the virus causing porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome.
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The first combination vaccine for Mycoplasmal pneumonia and swine influenza virus (SIV), MaxiVac Platinum with Emunade, has been introduced by Schering-Plough Animal Health. The USDA product approval covers reduced shedding of both H1N1 and H3N2 strains of SIV. “Reduced viral shedding from the lungs and nasal passages may decrease exposure of SIV to other animals, thereby shortening the duration of the disease in the herd and improving control,” explains Robin Fleck, Schering-Plough technical services veterinarian. The mycoplasma portion of MaxiVac Platinum is the same as in Schering-Plough's M+Pac mycoplasma bacterin. It has been shown to provide protection in the presence of maternal antibodies. Emunade is a proprietary oil-in-water adjuvant that provides a rapid and prolonged immune response. MaxiVac Platinum is licensed for use in healthy pigs 5 weeks of age and older. The product comes in 25- to 125-dose packages.
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Certified Financial Software
Red Wing Software announced that the National Pork Board has certified Perception Accounting software to be compliant with the Pork Standards Financial Certification. This certification process for privately or independently developed financial accounting software gives pork producers the ability to analyze their data against the checkoff-funded National Pork Database. In addition to exporting data to the National Pork Database, Perception shares information with EASi Suite Crop Management Software, the University of Minnesota's FINPACK Analysis Program, Ration Index Analysis modules, with input by the Ferguson Group and the Farm Financial Standards Council, plus other analysis tools from Red Wing Software.
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IMR Corporation, in conjunction with Tierra InStreem Group, Inc., has introduced new technology for the treatment of hog facility wastewater lagoons. The system increases the performance of wastewater lagoons by enhancing natural biological activity. Unlike conventional aeration systems, InStreem converts existing lagoons into extended aeration systems, establishing conditions needed for waste degradation. The process removes excess nitrogen, phosphorus, ammonia and other nutrients.
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The Twister is an enclosed vessel compost mixer manufactured by McNeilus Company. The mixer is made from a reconditioned 12-yard concrete mixer and is retrofitted with low-gear reductions; a 5-hp, reversible, electric 220-volt motor on a timer; and is equipped with an electric turbine fan plus an expanded corrosion-proof hopper on top. All of this is mounted on a steel frame with steel running wheels. The Twister can be used for bio-drying, composting and pasteurizing liquid manure and wet manure.
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Agribusiness Law Group
Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin, seeking to serve the diverse and increasingly complex legal needs of companies engaged in agriculture and food production, has established an agribusiness law group. As one of the few large law firms in the country with a group dedicated to agribusiness, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin will help companies focus on a broad range of issues including acquisitions; project financing; zoning and land use; food safety compliance; FTC, USDA and FDA regulatory compliance; environmental litigation and compliance; and NAFTA, immigration and cross-border operations.
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The Ritchie 300 is the newest addition to Ritchie industries' dependable automatic livestock waterers. The waterer features compact uni-body design and is equipped with a ¾-in. valve for higher output and maximum watering efficiency. The Ritchie 300 has one-piece polyethylene construction, is insulated and can be equipped with a 250-watt immersion heater with a built-in thermostat.
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