Shur Farms Frost Protection has launched the Hot Spotter, a concept in managing cold air accumulation that eliminates the need for expensive full-size frost protection in small areas. Shur Farms, Colton, Calif., officials believe the Hot Spotter offers growers a targeted method to protect small areas in a convenient and economical product. Shur Farms Frost Protection identifies and provides an analysis of micro climates within a growing area, determining the cause and ultimate solution. Measurements and calculations detailing the difference between the colder micro climates and the regional climates can determine the likelihood, location and severity of frost problems a grower may encounter. Using carefully designed air barriers and diversions, and improving air drainage, as well as overall management of the soil, crop layout, irrigation, and other facets of plantation management, the area becomes more naturally frost free. For more information, call 877-842-9688 or visit www.shurfarms.com.
Remlinger Manufacturing, Kalida, Ohio, has a PFM hydraulic powered rock picker for stones, rocks, windrows and boulders. The rock picker reduces downtime and damage to tillage and harvesting equipment. Remlinger is an agricultural equipment manufacturer, designing and building farm tillage equipment. The company will have an exhibitor at the Iowa Power Farm Show, Jan. 28 to 30, 2014, at the Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, call 800-537-7370 or visit www.remlingermfg.com.
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., St. Joseph, Mo., has a vaccination against porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae with a single injection with FLEXcombo. The FLEX family of vaccines, allows producers and veterinarians to customize vaccination programs based on their specific disease problems and management protocols. Each FLEXcombo package contains 250-milliliters of Ingelvac CircoFLEX and 250 mL of Ingelvac MycoFLEX vaccine with a 500-mL headspace bottle for mixing. The 500 mL of the mixed vaccine is enough to vaccinate 250 head with a single 2-mL injection. The package makes it practical for veterinarians and producers to mix and administer the vaccine to pigs three weeks of age and older to protect against PCV2 and mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in a single injection. For more information, contact a veterinarian or visit www.bi-vetmedica.com.
Beef, dairy operators can help ensure proper employee guidance
Dairy and beef cattle operations looking for help in training employees may benefit from a service offered by PeopleFirst Human Capital Solutions from Zoetis, Florham Park, N.J.
The Learning Management Portal is available online to give producers tools and curriculum they need to properly train and manage employees, ensuring a safe, effective and productive business in the long term. New employees who join an operation need proper training and education for a smooth transition into the workplace. Veteran employees need refreshers on animal handling and other operating procedures. The PeopleFirstLearning Management Portal assures producers in animal agriculture their employees are gaining necessary insight on industry and operational practices and regulatory standards from day one. The interactive portal and curriculum allow employees to train online when their schedules allow. The portal features bilingual learning modules and opportunities for continuous education on subjects such as cattle anatomy, feeding and employee safety.
The online curriculum allows employers to track employee learning progress to guarantee efficiency and accountability while reducing training costs. It frees up the time of supervisors and minimizes the operation’s risk, program officials say. By tracking progress, employers can see when courses are completed and hold employees accountable for improving animal care and compliance.
For more information, contact a Zoetis representative or visit www.growpeoplefirst.com.
Deworming strategy includes objective advice
Producers are inundated with data, new products and industry information every day from various sources, which can make it challenging to find the best management solutions for their operation. Kevin Lamczyk, a veterinarian, says it’s his job to help producers understand this information and provide guidance to reach optimal productivity.
Dr. Lamczyk, an Illinois native with a practice in Mt. Vernon, Ga., has worked in the cattle industry for 22 years and says he most enjoys building relationships with producers and he noted that parasite control is one protocol often overlooked by producers as reported by Merial in Duluth, Ga. Recently, Lamczyk prescribed Merial’s LONGRANGE (eprinomectin) to a client who used it on 30 head of Holstein steers. After treating the animals, the client said he could easily pick out the LONG-RANGE-treated cattle by their shiny hair coats and overall healthy appearance. He recommends producers consult their veterinarians on a regular basis to prevent potential problems that come from choosing the wrong protocol.
For more information, contact a veterinarian or visit www.theLONG-RANGElook.com.
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