The Double D Family Mat Shop has a product that can control injury and weight loss to cattle due to slick and slippery surfaces. The Park, Kan. company produces floor mats that reduce falls in processing areas by nearly 100 percent. A standard 4-by10-foot mat in front of the chute costs less than $500. The loss of one 1,100 or 1,200 pound steer at $1.20 per pound could cost around $1,500. That cost of injury more than justifies the price of a mat that will last for years. Double D Cattle Mats are made by weaving together discarded tire treads and then fastening them with stainless steel bolts. They are made for alleyways, sale barns, vet clinics, packing plants, trailers and anywhere livestock encounter slick surfaces. The traction and soft surface are especially beneficial around the chute. For more information, call 888-377-2879, or visit www.ddfamilymats.net.
Zoetis Inc., formerly the animal health business unit of Pfizer Inc., has announced the licensure of Bovi-Shield Gold One Shot, which provides producers with upgraded protection for their cattle against major respiratory viruses and Mannheimia (Pasteurella) haemolytica in one dose. The shot from Zoetis, Florham Park, N.J., helps protect cattle for at least 279 days against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus and bovine viral diarrhea Types 1 and 2 viruses. The formula helps producers protect their cattle against IBR virus and BVD Types 1 and 2 viruses that cause bovine respiratory disease, which can result in losses as high as $240 per head. The shot is available in 5-, 10- or 50-dose vials. For more information, circle B in the Reader Reply Coupon, contact a veterinarian or visit www.zoetis.com.
New features added to ag software package
FarmLogs, Ann Arbor, Mich., announced a free version of its software along with lower cost premium plans tailored to fit specific needs.
The free plan includes activity logging, inventory tracking, crop planning, basic weather and mobile access, as well as new features, including RainAlert and Automatic Crop History. The premium plans include Field Rainfall Monitoring, the newly released FarmLogs weather feature, and are targeted toward larger farms with multiple users, allowing for greater team collaboration.
The Basic Plan allows for up to five users and 1,000 acres. The Pro Pla can have unlimited users up to 5,000 acres. An Enterprise Plan features an unlimited number of users and acreage and offers all features that come with the Pro Plan.
Field Rainfall Monitoring is a rainfall tracking feature that displays field-specific rainfall levels for the most recent 12- and 24-hour periods as well as eight years of historical precipitation data without gauges. RainAlert is a mobile feature that sends users a pop-up alert on their mobile device detailing the exact amount of time before rain hits and how heavy the precipitation. Automatic Crop History displays crop history for all entered fields for the past five years including county average yield data. For more information, call 650-488-4424 or visit www.FarmLogs.com.
New line of compact tractors introduced
Massey Ferguson, Duluth, Ga., introduced the 1700 Series premium compact tractors at the recent 2013 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. The 1700 Series tractors feature a clean-burning Tier 4-compliant turbo-charged diesel engines.
The series has six models from 35- to 60-engine horsepower, featuring four-wheel drive, the option of a cab or open platform, a choice of two transmissions, plus rear and/or mid power take offs.
The new line of Mitsubishi diesel engines powering the 1700 Series benefit from advanced intercooling and a new high-pressure common-rail (HPCR) system for smoother power delivery and a more complete fuel burn.
Electronic engine-management monitors adjust fuel functions to keep fuel consumption low without sacrificing power.
Models MF1736, MF1742 and MF1749 feature three-cylinder, 1.7-liter diesel engines with 36.2, 41.6 and 48.3 horsepower, respectively. Models MF1754, MF1758 and MF1759 are powered by four-cylinder, 2.2-liter engines offering 53.6, 59 and 59 horsepower, respectively.
All models also include a 540 revolutions-per-minute independent rear PTO with electro-hydraulic engagement and a wet multi-disc clutch. Operators can choose between a classic 12x12 power shuttle transmission or a more-advanced hydrostatic transmission (HST). For those who prefer a traditional transmission, the 12x12 power shuttle has four synchronized gears and three non-synchronized ranges.
For more information, contact a dealer or visit www.masseyferguson.us.
Company introduces agriculture app for fleet management
Trimble announced the Connected Farm Fleet app built to serve managers and technicians by enabling them to access their fleet information from any location. Using smartphones and tablets, the app enables the fleet management portion of Trimble’s Connected Farm Web solution to go mobile. With the app, managers can track the location of vehicles, receive geo-fence and curfew alerts, analyze vehicle status, and view historical positions.
The app can display current status information such as whether the vehicle is idling, moving, working or delayed. The information flows into the Connected Farm Web solution, which allows managers to analyze the efficiency and productivity of their fleet.
Features of the app include:
• View the position and status of each vehicle overlaid on background imagery or road maps;
• Map the locations of landmarks (such as structures, storage locations, irrigation and drainage, etc.) and view them for reference when navigating in remote areas;
• Use turn-by-turn navigation to locate vehicles from your current position;
• Receive geo-fence and curfew alerts; and
• View historical positions.
The free Connected Farm Fleet app, developed in Sunnyvale, Calif., is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2013 and is compatible with a variety of smartphones and tablets using an iOS or Android operating system. In order to view their fleet’s information on the Connected Farm Fleet app, customers will need to purchase Trimble’s vehicle management service as well as a DCM-300 modem with data cellular service for each vehicle that will be tracked. Connected Farm provides wireless data transfer between the office and field, vehicle-to-vehicle information sharing and vehicle tracking, productivity and delay reports, remote diagnostics via the Remote Assistant service, and a Connected Farm Scout app for scouting and mapping.
For more information, contact a Trimble dealer or visit www.trimble.com.
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