Free dust testing

Loveland Industries is offering free tests to check the non-designated bacteria load of dust found in livestock buildings. Through its Key Customer Dust Evaluation program, Loveland will test your operation's dust and then design a site-specific disinfectant program. In hog operations, dust is collected from farrowing, nursery and confinement areas. In other livestock facilities, dust is collected from side rails and feeder and water equipment and then analyzed in a laboratory.

Dust can contain harmful fungi, bacteria, mold spores and other disease-causing microorganisms. Disinfecting a premise will help tackle common bugs such as E. coli and salmonella as well as viruses that are difficult to kill. Lowering disease risks in facilities such as a farrowing unit should help young animals grow faster.

Contact Loveland Industries, Dept. FIN, Box 1289, Greeley, CO 80632, 800/356-8920, or visit www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

Wipe your feet

Chaseburg Manufacturing says that its Sani-Scrusher Boot Wash is a low-cost bio-security containment system that will help protect your farm against the spread of contagious diseases. The Sani-Scrusher is a container with a built-in scraper and brushes along the side and bottom. It can clean and disinfect boots and shoes with 21/2 to 3 gal. of water and disinfectant. The container weighs 16 lbs. and is easily transportable. It is available at farm supply stores. Price: $59.95. Contact Chaseburg Mfg. Inc., Dept. FIN, 312 Depot St., Chaseburg, WI 54621, 800/658-9018, or visit www.scrusher.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

Detectable needles

If you're worried about undetected needles in your cattle or hogs, check out the new line of livestock needles from Ideal Instruments, a division of Neogen. The needles are thicker and have a metal hub to make them more resistant to bending and breaking than traditional needles. The D3 Detectable needles are three times stronger than other needles, according to Ideal. If the needles do break, they are detectable in a processing plant. Contact Neogen Corp., Dept. FIN, 628 Winchester Rd., Lexington, KY 40505, 859/254-1221, or visit www.neogen.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

Fly collars

End fly problems for your cows with new fly-repellent collars and leg bands. These bovine collars create an actual “fly free” zone several inches around the cow's face, neck and legs to protect it from biting and disease-transmitting flies, gnats and mosquitoes. Price of one collar is $16.95. Contact Fly Free Zone Inc., Dept. FIN, 10560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 207, Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310/470-7116, or visit www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

Tyson cuts sow herd 30%

Tyson Foods recently announced it will close its company-owned and-leased hog farms, reducing its sow numbers by 30% and finishing farms 83%. As a result of the restructuring, the company will terminate its contracts with 132 hog producers in Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
Doane's Agricultural Report

Canada fights meat labeling

Canadian food processors are upset about a little-reported provision in the U.S. Farm Bill that enacts a voluntary country-of-origin labeling program for meat, fish, fruits, vegetables and peanuts. For meat products to be labeled as originating from the U.S., the animals must have been born, raised and slaughtered exclusively in the U.S.

Canadians are becoming fearful that American stores will eventually stop selling imported beef because of the additional expense of labeling each cut. That could hurt the northern neighbor, which sells 51% of its beef products to the U.S. Canada is fighting the country-of-origin labeling as a nontariff trade barrier.

The American Farm Bureau supports the labeling, citing it as a way to allay consumer fears about food safety.
The Washington Agricultural Record

Pigtales joins PigChamp

Two swine software companies recently combined operations. PIC USA transferred its Pigtales North American business to PigChamp Inc., owned by Farms.com. Software included with the Pigtales transfer are Instant Data System, Pigtales Production Manager, PigCare Standard and Analyzer packages. PigChamp is the leading swine industry software and knowledge management company. Its products include DPS, Windows and Web-based programs for pork producers.