Merial introduces a comprehensive DNA testing profile to incorporate its Igenity DNA tests under one profile. Igenity MultiMARK™ includes the TenderGENE™, Parent MATCH™ and DoubleBLACK™ DNA tests — all of which also are available individually. The MultiMARK test is a user-friendly and cost-effective way of learning an animal's genetic potential.
Merial also unveils its Igenity ParentMATCH MultiSIRE test to identify parentage in multiple-sire pastures and help calculate within-herd EPDs.
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Diagnostic ear tag
In the fight against animal disease and for consumer safety, Prionics AG added another layer of protection with its diagnostic ear tag TypiFix™. The tag combines individual livestock ID with tissue sampling — allowing for various diagnostic tests, such as viral diseases. The system also can be used in animal breeding by identifying animals with genetic defects early for exclusion from breeding.
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Red Wing Software further streamlines the payroll process with its Windows Payroll Software version 10.0. The software allows customized employee list reports that can be archived for future access. A new report allows employers to see available sick and vacation hours per employee. And the Comprehensive Mass Deduction Update tool allows users to change all like deduction amounts with the click of a button.
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Eliminating standing water reduces mosquito-breeding areas. If standing water can't be eliminated, treat it with Mosquito Torpedo larvicide. Spring and early summer mark the beginning of mosquito season, but they start breeding as soon as the weather warms the standing water where they breed. Mosquito Torpedo helps reduce mosquito larvae in standing water for up to 60 days/Torpedo launch.
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Miller's 2006 catalog
Miller Electric Manufacturing's 2006 full-line catalog provides technical specs, features, benefits and selection tips for all Miller's welding and plasma-cutting products and accessories. The catalog also contains a glossary of welding terms and help for those unfamiliar with the terminology or Miller's latest technology.
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Assessing BRD risk
Animal Profiling International (API) created the Animal Performance Index to assist producers in assessing risk for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in their herds. The analytical index identifies at-risk cattle, targets treatment costs more accurately and improves performance. The index uses biomarkers and special parameters from a blood draw. Once the sample is received by API, turnaround is within 24 hours.
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2006 product catalog
RefrigiWear's 2006 product catalog features the complete product line of head-to-toe clothing, accessories and equipment to protect workers in a full range of temperature conditions. This year's catalog introduces a number of new insulated gloves and boots that utilize RefrigiWear's new InDuraDex™ or InDuraSafe™ rating guides, which measure the products' insulation, durability and dexterity level.
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Software breeding program
eCattleMatings is a Web-based tool to help seedstock producers with breeding decisions. It's currently programmed for the Angus breed, with more breeds to be added in the future. The program focuses on the desired genetic outcome of the calf and the known EPDs and $Values of the cow, then ranks the best bull to result in that mating. The goal is to reduce unpredictability in offspring by setting minimum, maximum or optimum limits on desired traits, while allowing the user to place an emphasis on particular traits.
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ABS process verification
ABS Global has applied for USDA approval of its process verification program (PVP) for genetic-, source- and age-verification of its beef supply chain services program. ABS is the first genetics company to apply for USDA PVP approval.
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Beef Concepts, Inc., Springfield, MN, received the USDA Process Verified Program stamp of approval for source and age verification. Through their Bovitrak cattle management software, Beef Concepts can source and age verify cattle from birth to harvest. Bovitrak is a complete herd management software program, allowing cow-calf producers, backgrounders and feedlots to collect production and performance information. It can also be used in conjunction with a radio-frequency ID program to view and collect data at chuteside.
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Shaver Manufacturing Co. introduces its SL-Series log-splitter line, featuring two models that utilize tractors and skid steer loaders to split logs. The SL-2036-T is a tractor-mounted unit with a 5- × 35-in. cylinder powered by a three-point Category I or II tractor. It features a standard four-way splitter blade and two splitting positions — ground level or horizontal. The SL-2036-S fits on a skid steer loader and contains several of the same features.
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Irrigation control panels
Reinke Manufacturing introduces its new series of Reinke Precision Management (RPM) Control Panels for its irrigation systems. The controls can be tailored for each customer's requirements. The RPM panels offer three levels of precision control, including RPM Preferred, providing precision digital control; RPM Advanced, which offers the ability to customize settings for up to 10 different sections of a field; and RPM Panel, the base-level control panel. The tiered levels are designed to help meet producers' varying levels of irrigation needs.
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