New editions of CornCam and SoybeanCam are scheduled to open this spring. But, also this year, the fun begins at www.DairyCam.com , a new Web site from the Northeast Iowa Community College.
Fact sheets and reports
The Agricultural Database for Decision Support Center (ADDS), a nonprofit group, has added a Beef InfoBase to its extensive collection of research reports and articles.
ADDS is a service bureau that provides information for dairy, pig and now beef groups supplied by various extension offices and the journal of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. Subject areas include herd and animal health, business management, facilities and equipment, and feeding and nutrition. National commodity groups sponsor the informational databases. Price for a CD complete with all the papers is $99, which includes a 12-month subscription to the center's Web site, or $35/yr. for a Web site subscription only. Contact ADDS Center, Dept. FIN, Box 930369, Verona, WI 53593, 608/848-9055, www.adds.org or circle 188.
Unique pipe fittings for tanks
You only need one hole to install these bulkhead pipe fittings, which not only reduces installation time, but also eliminates the extra bolt holes that conventional fittings require and that can lead to extra leak points.
These fittings have wide, thick gaskets that seal them to tanks. The gaskets are tightened with variable pressure to mount against stock tanks in steel or cement. Fittings are available in PVC or stainless steel and in sizes for 2- to 24-in. standard piping. The flanged fittings can be removed and used elsewhere, again and again, according to the manufacturer. Price range: $280 to $1,450 for 2- to 12-in. fittings. Contact ModuTank Inc., Dept. FIN, 41-04 35th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101, 718/392-1112, www.modutank.com or circle 187.
Livestock news and views
Genzyme Transgenics has engineered goats to give milk that contains antibodies that can serve as human medicines. BASF, Bristol-Myers Squibb and leading cancer specialists are working with Genzyme to engineer livestock to produce large volumes of proteins for cancer treatment.
Soon, you may welcome mosquito bites while out doing chores. Several companies are trying to produce antigens in mosquitoes' saliva, turning the insects into living vaccines for various diseases.
The EPA has proposed a new definition of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that would make more operations subject to regulation. Now, most CAFOs are classified as those with 1,000 or more head; the proposed regulation could reduce that number to 300 head. Harvard Business Review, AgriTalk