January 2009

The Fin

Tired of having fertilizer splattered all over your expensive equipment?
Innovative product from J. D. Skiles, Inc., eliminates splatter with "THE FIN". A liquid placement tool for John Deere 50,60,90 series & IH SDX series
The Fin, Fertilizer and Seed Placer, is the cleanest method to apply in-furrow liquid starter fertilizer with single disc drill openers.

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Rostech Wireless Color Camera Monitoring System

Rostech Wireless Color Camera Monitoring System
NO MORE WAITING IN THE BARN
The Rostech Wireless Color Camera System transmits video and audio directly to a TV in your home or office, allowing you to monitor your animals and outbuildings from warm and comfortable surroundings. The color camera monitoring system sets up in minutes and transmits up to 1000 ft to a receiver connected to an ordinary television set.

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Vision Works Wireless Cam

VisionWorks Wireless Cam, Smucker Manufacturing is pleased to release new digital wireless technology to the Ag industry. This product allows farmers and ranchers to monitor livestock, fuel tanks, equipment sheds, front entry gates, and other farm buildings wireless. Unlike analog, this new digital wireless technology has no interference with Wifi, microwave, or cordless telephones.

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Heat Detection Aids

Product Review

Developing a protocol on your farm for detecting standing heat will help you increase successful conceptions among your herd and   increase overall profitability. And while we believe that there are no substitutes for keen observation and accurate record keeping; heat detection aids are inexpensive and simple to use, making them a valuable tool for detecting standing estrus.

Cattlemen's College Measuring Feed Efficiency

Volatile input prices and unpredictable markets have brought the issue of feed efficiency in the beef industry under more intense pressure than ever before. While accurately predicting feed efficiency remains difficult, cattlemen like Colorado rancher Lee Leachman and researchers like Pfizer's Ron Green believe they are inching much closer to answers about how producers can maximize the results of the feed they're putting into their animals. The two men will provide a presentation, "Measuring Feed Efficiency," for Cattlemen's College at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association at the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Tradeshow.

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health Update New Business

US – Leaders from the US division of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health discussed the new combined company at an event held at this year’s North American Veterinary Conference. Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health Paul Casady, Vice President, North America and General Manager USA, along with Steve Shell, Companion Animal Business Unit Director, spoke about the strength of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health’s business and its impact on the U.S. animal health industry.

Fat Supplement

Even though individual aspects of management conditions and forage quality from one beef producer to another make definitive research regarding the benefits of fat supplementation in beef cattle reproduction an elusive goal, knowledge in some areas has dramatically improved in recent years. Research data shows that supplementing fat for prepartum first-calf heifers probably results in the greatest benefit. Reproductive traits tend to be low in heritability in beef cattle, so providing a supportive environment is critical to reproductive success.

Cattle Breeding and Reproduction

We’ve got a cornucopia of Estimated Progeny Differences; in the future, says Dr. Wade Shafer, we’ll have a better idea of what they all mean to profitability. “In the past,” says Shafer, Director of Performance Programs for the American Simmental Association, “the conventional approach has been we just collect data on everything we can get our hands on. Ideally we’ll calculate EPD’s on that, because we know EPD’s are the best estimate we can get when it comes to a particular trait. But then, we just kind of leave things hanging in the wind; we don’t really know how much weight to put on this huge array of EPD’s we’ve amassed.

Animal Health Experts Look at Climate Issues

US - Climate change has come to the center of attention amongst a group of scientists in America, who believe that climate change is helping to expose new pathogens to livestock the world over. Human encroachment into uninhabited parts of Southeast Asia exposed people to unusual animals and previously unknown pathogens, and global travel carried a tropical zoonotic disease to Toronto in 2003, Dr. Barrett Slenning told a gathering of public health professionals. According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, that transmission chain for severe acute respiratory syndrome would have been nearly

Phoenix 2009 Cattle Industry Convention Offers Fun in the Sun!

It doesn’t get much better than when you can mix a little bit of work and a little bit of fun - all in the sun! The 2009 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show scheduled for Phoenix, AZ, January 28-31, 2009 offers just that. Throughout this issue of American Cattlemen, readers have had the opportunity to learn about all of the activities and events organized to make the 2009 convention the best ever.