Auto-fill syringe Neogen says that its new Pro-Pistol 5-cc backfill syringe lets livestock producers deliver precise doses of 1 to 5 cc without needing to constantly refill the syringe. The manufacturer uses aircraft-quality aluminum to construct the syringe, making it lightweight and more durable than plastic syringes. Contact Neogen Corp., Dept. FIN, 620 Lesher Place, Lansing, MI 48912, 517/372-9200.
No milk discard
Lactating cows may now receive an antibiotic that does not require milk to be discarded. Excenel Sterile Suspension (ceftiofur hydrochloride) from Pharmacia & Upjohn has received FDA approval for administration to lactating dairy cows. The cows do not need to be segregated and their milk does not need to be discarded when the cows are treated with this antibiotic.
The product is used to treat Pasteurella haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida and Haemophilus somnus as well as two organisms that cause foot rot. It may be used in all ages of dairy cattle, including replacement heifers and calves. Contact Pharmacia & Upjohn, Dept. FIN, 7000 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49001, 800/793-0596.
Increased coccidiosis control
Cattle and dairy producers may now feed Rumensin for control of coccidiosis in pasture cattle, mature reproducing beef cows, dairy calves and replacement heifers. The FDA just approved a new dosage for the Elanco product that allows the new treatment. Previously, producers could only feed Rumensin to pasture cattle for increased rate of gain and to mature reproducing cows for improved feed efficiency.
The new label for coccidiosis control lets producers use Rumensin in feed programs at a rate of 0.14 to 0.42 mg/lb. of body weight to a maximum dose of 200 mg/head/day. Contact Elanco Animal Health, Dept. FIN, Lilly Corporate Center, Indianapolis, IN 46285, 800/428-4441.
Clamping feed bucket
A new, patented feeder bucket will let you handle large bales, cornstalks, small fines or silage quickly and easily.
Westendorf's Z-47 feeder bucket has a clamshell-action bucket that opens wide and quickly to handle large bales and to speed up moving feed. The bucket will scoop, pull, grab, tear, dump, clamp and bulldoze. Contact Westendorf Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 29, Onawa, IA 51040, 712/423-2762.
If the calving space in your barn is cramped, the Hide-Away-Chute may help. The new chute can be mounted in an alley, a pen or stock trailer and then folds flat to the wall for storage. The self-contained unit sets up quickly and can be operated by one person.
The stanchion headgate is operated from the rear of the chute, and the stanchions are adjustable in width from cow to calf. The chute provides unrestricted access to the side and rear of the animal. A quick release is provided for a downed animal. The chute sells for $675. Contact DSLA Co., Dept. FIN, RR 3, Box 115, Sis-seton, SD 57262, 800/387-3752.