Produce silage with less spoilage

Vets Plus claims that its VP silage inoculant helps reduce heat buildup in silage as it ferments with the help of eight lactic acid-producing bacteria and three enzymes.

The enzymes convert carbohydrates into fermentable sugars to feed the bacteria, thereby saving natural nutrients of the silage. Saving nutrients helps decrease the heat buildup to retard spoilage, improve palatability and extend bunk life, according to the company. Contact Vets Plus Inc., Dept. FIN, 102 Third Ave. E., Knapp, WI 54749, 800/468-3877.

Gentle aggressor (c)

The RotoSlicer hay processor/feeder from DewEze cuts hay stem lengths from 6 to 12 in. and needs only a 60-hp, 540-rpm PTO to power it.

Self-loading forks load from the right side and allow you to transport two bales at a time. The unit tears up a bale for bunk, bunk line or range feeding. Leaves stay on the stem for a quality feed, according to the company. Contact DewEze Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, 151 E. Hwy. 160, Harper, KS 67058, 800/835-1042.

Cattle, pig marker

Mark livestock instantly with KMQ's Spray-On colored marking system.The aerosol spray is available in red, blue and green. It dries to the touch as soon as it is sprayed on and comes in 400-ml cans. Contact KMQ Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 336, Kenansville, NC 28349, 888/482-2722.

Mineral feeder

According to Behlen, its Windvane mineral feeder keeps minerals dry in wet weather because of its independently mounted hood that turns in the wind.Tub and hood are both constructed of poly and will not dent, rust or corrode. An optional Face Fly attachment can be added to reduce fly problems. Contact Behlen Livestock Equipment Group, Dept. FIN, Box 569, Columbus, NE 68602, 402/564-3111.

Weighs a lot

Weigh up to 14,000 lbs. of livestock with the Chute Master 14,000 from Digi-Star.

The large-capacity scale mounts under heavy hydraulic chutes and is designed to handle load shock stress, frequent heavy use and various feedlot conditions, according to the company.

Load cells can be easily replaced, when needed, without the need to calibrate. Contact Digi-Star, Dept. FIN, 790 W. Rockwell Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538, 800/225-7695.

Improve forage quality (c)

Apply forage inoculant on the go with the Appli-Pro application system from Pioneer Hi-Bred.

The system's 100-gal. water tank and applicator mount directly to harvesting equipment for forage or high-moisture corn and inject precisely metered dry concentrate, mixed with water, onto forage or grain.

A recyclable 3-liter bottle contains enough inoculant to treat 250 tons of silage or corn. A cab-mounted control panel meters the application rate and allows for adjustment on the go. If harvest is interrupted before the bottle of inoculant is emptied, the inoculant can be refrigerated up to five days to protect the live bacteria. Contact Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 1150, Johnston, IA 50131, 515/334-6500.

Udderly healthy

ABS Global launches a new line of udder health care products called the Valiant Quality Milk System.

A bacteria-killing agent, chlorine dioxide, is an active ingredient in the Valient line that features a unique color-marking system that is visible when sprayed on teats so you know it's fighting infection between milkings. The solution keeps for 14 days after mixing without adverse affect. Contact ABS Global, Dept. FIN, 6908 River Rd., Deforest, WI 53532, 800/356-5331.