Merial is acquiring five new DNA tests from Frontier Beef Systems, which will be marketed through their IGENITY brand. The five tests are:

  • TenderGENE tests for the calpain protein, which enhances tenderness by weakening muscle fibers during the postmorem aging process.

  • DoubleBLACK tests for the homozygous black genotype for coat color.

  • ParentMATCH test is a highly accurate parent ID tool that can be used to validate parentage or match sires to progeny.

  • DNATRACE provides birth to consumption traceability using a DNA-based ID system.

  • Sample Archive is for producers who want to save tissue sample on animals for future testing. The tissue can be in the form of hair, blood or semen, and will be stored in a state-of-the-art facility.
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Brush and weed control

Surmount herbicide from Dow AgroSciences controls brush and weeds on range and pasture. Effective on various cactus and brush species, it provides residual control of broadleaf weeds, can be applied via broadcast or spot treatments, and is an effective alternative for prickly pear control. Surmount does not contain 2,4-D.
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Hydraulic push spreader line

Kuhn Knight, Inc., adds hydraulic push manure spreaders to its proven line of solid/semi-solid manure spreaders. The ProPush features piggyback hydraulic cylinders and a heavy-duty push panel for ultimate simplicity of manure hauling and spreading. The hydraulic cylinder design means no apron chains, fewer moving parts, fast unloading and more dependable service life during cold winters. Other features include one-piece solid poly sides and a two-piece solid poly floor that reduce material buildup, and removable beater panels.
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Cattleman's Calculator software

Cattleman's Calculator, Inc., introduces cattle cost management software that operates on pocket PC handheld computers. The company says the new version of its livestock cost-projection software creates a handy, new cost-management tool for the cattle industry. The easy-to-use, Windows-based pocket computer enables cattle ranchers and bankers to make off-site cost calculations (at a feedlot, auction, bank, coffee shop, etc.) about cattle operations and integrate these cost projections with their ranch or bank desktop/laptop PC computer and financial records for improved cost control and management.
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Poly stock tanks

Behlen Country introduces the Granite Line of poly stock tanks. The tanks have a deep sidewall-rib design for extra strength and 1¼-in. threaded aluminum drain plug. The tanks are available in five sizes from 2×2×4 ft. to 2×2×6 ft. with an extended three-year warranty.
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Snow removal

Snow removal equipment that's both economical and quickly adaptable to everyday vehicles, particularly pickup trucks, is offered by Paul Wever Construction Equipment. The Snowbox, V-Plow, Wing Plow and Angle Plow can be easily interchanged, as attachment is made with 3-point hitches, which allow for easy hookup within two minutes.
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Energy-free drinkers

Behlen Country has re-engineered its electric and energy-free drinker line with improved valves for steady, reliable performance. In addition, selected models are now available in a light gray color. Thick insulation in all drinkers provides continuous performance in cold climates and keeps water cool during hot summer months.
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