Daily Weigh Software
Inventory tracking, water consumption and temperature profiles are added features of Osborne Industries' Daily Weigh software for the Weight Watcher Growth Management System. The Weight Watcher System (WWS) manages the growth of up to 600 head of pigs in large groups by daily weighing and separating pigs as they move from a water pen to feed pens. The WWS has been tested, using time-lapse video capture and radio frequency identification (RFID) eartags. With the use of these two methods, company research has shown the close linkage between daily temperature changes and feed intake. Because temperature affects water intake, the WWS software now includes a water-tracking feature, which automates the water charting procedure.
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Three-Way Oral Vaccine
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., has received approval for simultaneous use of Enterisol Ileitis FF (frozen form of ileitis), Enterisol SC-54 FF (frozen form of Salmonella cholerasuis) and Ingelvac ERY-ALC (Erysipelas rhusiopathiae) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The new claim allows pork producers to administer the three oral vaccines simultaneously while maintaining the efficacy of each vaccine, saving management time and labor expenses. The use of simultaneous vaccination also allows veterinarians and producers the option to utilize a single medication-free window for oral vaccine administration. When the vaccines were administered simultaneously to 3-week-old weaned pigs, there was no interference with immunization and no negative effect on pre-challenge weight gain.
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Schippers Europe BV introduces the MS Semen Meter. The meter provides a digital readout of the concentration of semen, expressed in hundreds of million sperm cells/ml. Using a simple calculation, producers can determine the number of doses produced from a single ejaculation, assuming 3-4 billion sperm cells/dose. It also allows producers to measure the concentration of the fresh, non-diluted semen without having to dilute the sample first, thus saving time.
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Liphatech Inc. introduces the AEGIS-RP to its line of AEGIS brand bait stations. This versatile, durable station provides a highly effective means to control rodent populations, while protecting valuable livestock. The AEGIS-RP features a unique design with three distinct rodent needs: its see-through design means they can see the exit prior to entry; it provides convenient, stay-on-the-runway access; and inside, a simple feeding chamber requires less travel to bait. The station is available in non-locking and locking models.
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The Pro-Sort from RTC Enterprises Inc. allows producers to monitor and configure multiple sorters and scale heads from a central computer. The system automatically collects animal information and provides tools for tracking animal movement and weight. The Pro-Sort features integration with Phason's OMNI-4000 production management system, wireless control from your PDA, two or three-way sorting ability, sort limits, photo electric proximity sensors, electronic load cell weighing and less than 2% error.
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A single-dose antibacterial that provides more effective treatment of complex swine respiratory disease (SRD) has been discovered and developed by Pfizer Animal Health. Clinical studies and field trials demonstrate the effectiveness of Draxxin against key bacterial pathogens that cause respiratory disease in finishing pigs. Draxxin is labeled for the treatment of SRD associated with Actinobacillus pleuropneumonia, Pasteurella multocida, Bordetella bronchiseptica and Haemophilus parasuis. “Producers and veterinarians would like to replace multi-dose treatments with single-dose programs that improve cure rates and also reduce the costs, labor and animal stress associated with retreating pigs,” says Steve Sornsen, DVM, director, U.S. Swine and Poultry Veterinary Services, Pfizer Animal Health. Draxxin is a new molecule that provides fast-acting treatment and prolonged drug concentration in lung tissue. The new antibiotic is tulathromycin, the first of a new macrolide subclass called the triamilides. Draxxin is also the first antimicrobial to be approved under the Food and Drug Administration's new Guidance 152 review process. The safety review determines whether there is potential for transfer of antibiotic-resistant organisms to humans. Draxxin was found to be safe for use in swine and cattle, posing no significant risk to the efficacy of antimicrobials used to treat human diseases. The product, administered as a single intramuscular injection in the neck at a dosage of 1 ml/88 lb., has a five-day, preslaughter withdrawal.
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