Automatic Sorting System
Farmweld, Inc. introduced its new FAST (Farmweld Automatic Sorting Technology) at World Pork Expo in Des Moines, IA. FAST accurately weighs and sorts pigs at marketing so producers can better match select animals to packer pricing programs. It also allows producers to routinely monitor pig weights throughout the feeding period. With FAST, pigs are housed in conventional size barns with large pens holding up to 500-600 head. Each pen has two basic areas — a loafing area and a food court. The scale is located at the fence line between the two areas. On sorting days, the scale automatically weighs pigs, then routes heavy pigs (based on a preset weight cutoff) to a holding area. Light pigs are sent to the food court. One-way gates allow pigs in the food court to return to the loafing area at will.
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Premix Feed Products
Land O'Lakes Farmland Feed has launched two new Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) premix swine feed products — Golden DDGS LG Premix and LG Premix with lysine — to be used as part of a complete grow-finish diet. The company is monitoring and testing DDGS to maintain consistent levels of crude protein, crude fat and fiber, moisture, calcium, phosphorus and lysine so producers don't have to take on this time-consuming task. Currently, Land O'Lakes Farmland Feed recommends that producers feed up to 5% Golden DDGS in starter diets, up to 10% in grow-finish and sow lactation diets and up to 20% in sow gestation diets. The company also has created a cost calculator spreadsheet that helps producers determine their savings by adding Golden DDGS, based on local prices they add to the worksheet.
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IMV Technologies introduces SafeCell, the first fast-dissolving, concentrated, liquid semen extender. SafeCell is unique in its antibiotic formulation. The composition is not toxic to sperm cells and controls the bacterial flora with more efficacy. The extender offers dose precision and improved hygiene. It also helps contain bacterial contamination, which can alter the performance level of the sow herd. SafeCell Plus can be stored at temperatures ranging from +2°C (35.6°F.) to +22°C (71.6°F.), has a shelf life of one year and comes in two holding time versions — SafeCell for 3-4 days and SafeCell Plus for 5-6 days.
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The Loveland 2-in-1 BioSecurity Footbath provides separate wash and decontamination stations. Additionally, scuff ridges in the wash area facilitate dirt and manure removal from boot bottoms. These features address industry concerns over boot wash re-contamination potential and the need to remove manure from boots for thorough disinfection.
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Schonlau recently introduced over a dozen styles of its newly developed, advanced Ferrocast iron slat flooring. The patented casting process used to make these slats ensures safety to animals, eliminating injuries from razor-sharp fins and providing maximum foothold, rounded bars and excellent drying and hygiene. The slats are designed to complement all common plastic slats.
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The Odor Solutions Group has introduced an additive that eliminates odors associated with agricultural waste. Ag-Odor Orange Juice, derived from orange peels, is a cold-press, custom-blended formulation that eliminates offensive odors. The product is available in oil-based and water-soluble formulas, is ground water safe and biodegradable.
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Hog Feeder Pad
Engineered Plastic Systems, LLC has announced the arrival of a new plastic feeder pad to protect concrete surfaces from salt deterioration. The pad measures 7 ft. wide × 30 in. deep × 3 in. thick and is designed to provide a buffer between salt and concrete. The pad's design allows water to flush the underside and is lightweight enough to move when additional clean-up is necessary. The pad is made from high-density polyethylene from recycled milk jugs.
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Semen Collection Machine
Genes Diffusion, Inc. introduces Collectis, a unique, automatic collection machine for boars. The machine is sold with a specifically designed stainless steel dummy and can accommodate any stud setup. The company says the product is twice as efficient as current manual collection techniques, improves hygiene and provides a better working environment for employees.
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