Vista® 3 VL5 SQ, a modified-live viral (MLV) vaccine, is available from Intervet. The single, 2ml subcutaneous vaccination provides protection against Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis, Bovine Viral Diarrhea Type 1 and 2, Campylobacter fetus (Vibriosis) and Leptospirosis, including L. hardjo bovis.

Labeled for the vaccination of healthy cows and heifers prior to breeding, Vista 3 VL5 SQ is Beef Quality Assurance-compliant and is the only one-dose, three-way MLV combination with Vibriosis and five-way Lepto protection that includes L. hardjo bovis. Available in 10- and 50-dose presentations; annual revaccination is recommended.
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Independent QSA program

IMI Global and Farmers & Ranchers Livestock Commission Co. announce the launch of the nation's first independent quality systems assessment (QSA) program offered by a livestock market. The USDA-approved, source- and age-verification program is simple and cost-effective for producers who want to cut down on compliance paperwork and focus on the business of raising cattle.

Mike Samples, Farmers & Ranchers manager, says the new verification offering resulted in $3-5/cwt. premiums for the first consignment of QSA source- and age-verified cattle.
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Insecticide ear tag

KMG Chemicals' Avenger insecticide ear tags rely on Ectoran, a new class of chemical never before used in animal health, to prevent and control flies and pests in cattle. Used according to label directions, performance data suggest Avenger tags present no resistance against targeted pests, including pyrethroid-resistant horn flies. In addition to controlling horn flies and ear ticks, the tag also aids in control of face flies, lice, stable flies and houseflies.
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Added DNA analyses

Merial adds three, multiple-market DNA analyses to its Igenity® profile — quality grade, marbling and breed-specific horned/polled.

Quality and marbling analyses are similar, but interpretation of the results differ, with each profiled animal given a score from 1-10 for quality grade and marbling. Quality-grade analysis shows the genetic potential for a group of cattle to grade Choice, whereas high marbling score demonstrates the potential that animal and its progeny have to express marbling.

Breed-specific horned/polled analysis is available for Hereford and Limousin breeds, with markers for other breeds being developed.
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All-natural premix

Quali Tech's One Step® nutritional enhancement program is a high-quality nutritional premix that protects and supplements beef cattle without hormones and antibiotics. The nutritional program incorporates SQM® trace minerals at 100% inclusion rate, combining it with BOVI-C (vitamin C), BOCO (bypass chlorine with the USDA organic seal of approval) and Acid Buff (buffering agent). Each One Step pack is pre-measured for use at a rate of 0.2 lbs./head/day.
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Expanded guarantee

Merial® extends its 100% satisfaction guarantee to all Ivomec® brand products, including Ivomec Plus and Ivomec 1% Injectable. This joins current satisfaction-guarantee claims for Ivomec Eprinex® and Ivomec Pour-On. To qualify, all cattle entering the same pen or pasture must be treated with Ivomec product as directed on the label. Claims against the guarantee must be made within six months of using the product.
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Digital livestock scale

Tru-Test's ID3000 digital livestock scale features electronic ID interface, visual ID field, and a 12-digit repeatable code field for entering vaccines, implants and frame scores. Other features include weight-gain calculations, a 50-file storage capacity, 10,000-head memory and a three-way sorting function. Compatible with most animal software management programs, it features lock-on stable weight within 6 seconds, regardless of animal movement, and comes with a 2-year warranty.
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Oral larvicide premix

KMG Animal Health introduces Rabon® 7.76 Oral Larvicide Premix, a 7.76% premixed formula of Rabon available in a 50-lb. bag. The premix is a tetrachlorvinphos feed-through insecticide whose active ingredients pass through the animal's digestive system and settle in the manure, where they remain toxic for up to six weeks to kill fly larvae. It's approved for beef cattle, lactating dairy cows, horses and swine.
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Powder River sponsorship

Involved with the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) for the past decade, Powder River announces it's signed a five-year contract as an official sponsor for the event held in Casper, WY, each June. Powder River provides all chutes, holding pens and arena fencing for the CNFR.
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USDA approval

Tri-Merit announces USDA approval of its process-verified program (PVP) for age- and source-verification. Tri-Merit, a single-source, animal ID and tracking database, is powered by Global Animal Management, a USDA-approved data service provider and wholly-owned subsidiary of Schering-Plough Animal Health. With its new age and source PVP, Tri-Merit can verify accuracy and integrity of animal information, providing greater marketing flexibility and confidence for producers that their cattle will meet quality systems assessment requirements.
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New payroll software

Red Wing Software's CenterPoint® Payroll software is a Microsoft®.NET framework-based application featuring a wide range of predefined choices. Usable as a stand-alone or integrated with Red Wing's CenterPoint accounting software, the payroll package has full piece-rate and minimum-wage verification, and allows employee payment in a variety of ways. The software meets H2-A government requirements by tracking hours offered and hours worked, and can print detailed pay stubs that provide a statement of hours worked and related earnings on each payday.

State and federal tax forms come standard; users can print and file their own or eFile directly from the system. Direct deposit is also available.
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