The K-line Irrigation System, developed eight years ago in New Zealand, is now available in the U.S. The heart of the system is a series of tough plastic pods, each one with a sprinkler spaced along the polyethylene tubing. The pods/sprinklers are positioned throughout the pasture or hay field and moved at intervals with an ATV. Depending on the design, 12-hour or 24-hour set times are used and are capable of providing 1-3 in. of precipitation/week.
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The Spring 2006 Beef Sire Directory is available from ABS Global. Offering a strong lineup of beef genetics, including the No. 1 bulls for registrations in the Angus and Red Angus breeds, the 96-page directory offers individual bull information, including expected progeny differences and indexes, ABS's exclusive genetic-type summary data, and the official beef cow and heifer synchronization protocol.
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Livestock Web site
Fort Dodge Animal Health launched a Web site with more than 600 pages of information about its products, searchable by species — beef, dairy, equine and swine — and by product name and category. The site, www.fortdodgelivestock.com, aims at giving producers a single source for animal health care information.
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Hydraulic squeeze chute
Powder River's new squeeze chute offers hydraulic control for the head gate, squeeze sides and split tailgate. The Rancher Hydraulic Chute can be run on 110 or 220 volts and comes with a factory-set, pressure-relief valve for increased animal safety.
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New product correction
In the March Beef Tech section, the new Vira Shield product from Novartis was incorrectly named — it should have been labeled Vira Shield 6+L5HB. Vira Shield 6+L5HB includes L. hardjo bovis protection, along with protection against other leptospires, BVD, IBR, PRSV and PI3.
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Feed combo approved
FDA has approved the use of Aureomycin® and Bovatec®, from Alpharma Animal Health, in the same cattle feed. This combination is expected to help producers optimize weight gain and feed efficiency while controlling anaplasmosis, coccidiosis and the leading causes of bacterial enteritis and pneumonia. In an 82-day trial at Kansas State University, grazing steers fed the Aureomycin (350 mg/head/day) and Bovatec (30 g/ton of feed) combo achieved an average daily gain that was 10% higher than unmedicated controls (2.64 lbs. of gain/day vs. 2.4 lbs./day).
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