Better bale wrap Presto Products claims that its Nutrigard Bale Wrap has higher UV ratings, a greater degree of stretch and a new cold cling package that allows the film to re-adhere to itself in cold weather. The wrap is available in rolls of 20 in. x 6,000 ft., 30 in. x 5,000 ft. and 48- and 60-in.-wide rolls. The company says a 4 x 4 bale costs about $2.50 to wrap. Contact Presto Products Co., Dept. FIN, Box 2399, Appleton, WI 54912, 800/558-3525.

Economy-size balers Farmers with small, irregularly shaped hay fields may want to check out the Star MR 1000 hay baler, built in Japan. The unit is a small version of a conventional hay baler and operates on a small tractor with just a minimum of 15 hp. The bale chamber measures 12_1/2 x 16_1/2 in. Price: $16,000.

Also available is a small round baler, the MRB849, producing 28- x 20-in. bales. List price: $9,450. Contact Agriquip Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 250, Lindale, GA 30147, 706/234-0454.

Move bales in numbers by Roxanne Furlong Two new hauling units can speed bale pickup and help keep bales in neat, organized rows for storage.

Ring around the bale. The Bale Porter from McFarlane Manufacturing boasts a hydraulically powered carriage that you back up to the bale. The carriage slides around the bale and is raised up, and you move on to the next bale for pickup.

Bales stay in place when the carriage is in the raised position; to unload, simply lower the carriage and drive away. The unit can handle up to five 5-ft.-long round bales or six 4-ft. bales. It can handle all types of twine- and surface-wrapped bales, according to the company. Price: not available at press time. Contact McFarlane Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 100, Sauk City, WI 53583, 800/627-8569.

Lift and go. Speed up hay hauling with Savage's new Bale Shuttle. The unit makes bale pickup a one-person operation; you hitch the shuttle to a tractor or pickup to load up to eight bales of hay, depending on the model.

To pick up bales, simply back up to a row of bales; two lifters pull bales up to the shuttle. A hydraulic swing-out hitch attachment offsets the shuttle so you can drive up to the row of bales for an even easier pickup job. It's available in several lengths to pick up three, six or eight bales at once or individually. Price: $4,500 for a three-bale unit; $8,500 for a six-bale unit. Price for an eight-bale unit is not available. Price for swing-out attachment: $500. Contact Savage, Dept. FIN, 400 Industrial Rd., Madill, OK 73446, 580/795-3394.

Nutrition for life Kent Feeds offers a new dairy program, Attain, that features nutrition to help throughout the cow's life.

Active Starter 18 DQ45 is a calf starter to help develop the rumen during the first two months of life. Fresh Aide helps bring the cows up on feed pre- and post-freshening and compensate for depression in dry matter intake. Fever Guard is used in pre-fresh rations in herds where milk fevers exceed 5% and forages are high in potassium. Microbe Plus 38 is a 38% protein, high rumen undegraded protein (RUP) supplement with a lysine-to-methionine ratio (key acids for milk production). Pro Vider 38, also 38% protein, provides the correct balance of RUP and rumen degraded protein (RDP) for corn-silage-based rations. Contact Kent Feeds Inc., Dept. FIN, 1600 Oregon St., Muscatine, IA 52761, 800/552-9620.

Healthy start for calves Chr. Hansen BioSystems introduces a new product to help calves get off to a healthy start. Probios Microbial Calf Pac is a direct-fed microbial that can be fed in milk replacers, in other fluids or on creep feed. The company suggests that the product may be used as an alternative to antibiotics in milk replacers for the newborn calf.

The microbial product contains bacteria that can help the calf maintain a healthy lactic acid bacteria population in the gut, which helps stave off scours and dysentery.

The recommended daily amount of Calf Pac is 3 gal./head, and it is best fed in the first 28 days of life. The product is a powder that comes in 3- and 20-lb. buckets; cost is $0.04/day/head. Contact Chr. Hansen BioSystems, Dept. FIN, 9015 W. Maple St., Milwaukee, WI 53214-4298, 888/828-6600.

Better spreader Knight Manufacturing just came up with an idea to sling bedding from its slinger spreader so that it lands exactly where you want it.

The Bedder Spreader basically keeps bedding material shooting downward as it exits the spreader. It is a retrofit attachment for any Slinger spreader (even as old as the 700 model). It is simply a deflector plate that can be adjusted hydraulically from the cab to angle the blown bedding. Any bedding material can be used, including composted manure, sand, sawdust, straw, corn fodder or any other free-flowing material, according to the company. Price: $350. Contact Knight Mfg. Corp., Dept. FIN, Box 167, Brodhead, WI 53520, 608/897-2131.

New line of electrolytes Vets Plus introduces a new line of electrolytes called Revitilyte to help prevent calf sickness or death. A top dress or feed additive, Dairy Plus Concentrate is used 10 days before freshening on through the first 90 days of lactation to stimulate the rumen and appetite and boost the immune system to help increase milk production. Also, Agri Plus Keto-Nia-Drench is a liquid oral supplement with niacin to lower the occurrence of ketosis in cows, boost the cow's energy and help stimulate appetite. Contact Vets Plus Inc., Dept. FIN, 102 Third Ave. E., Knapp, WI 54749, 800/468-3877.

Agclick The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) offers a new issue of Healthy Animals at www.ars. usda.gov/is/np/ha.

The site is a great resource for finding animal health experts, research locations offering animal health topics, and complete contact information for more than 25 ARS research groups that have conducted animal health studies. To receive quarterly announcements of each new issue, contact Kathryn Barry Stelljes at 510/559-6069 or e-mail her at stelljes@asrr.arsusda.gov.

Agclick Find out how you can save $10 to $20/acre by using manure rather than fertilizer on corn acres, and calculate salts and first-year nitrogen availability using the Manure Information Capsule online at www.midwestlabs.com.

Saving silage Make your corn silage work harder and last longer with a new silage inoculant that contains lactic acids as active ingredients. Biomax 5, by Chr. Hansen Biosystems, inhibits the growth of five major spoilage organisms that cause nutrient and dry matter losses in corn silage. The company estimates that it results in an additional 5% dry matter to give the corn silage an extra value of $1.44/ ton. Cost runs about $1/ treated ton. Contact Chr. Hansen BioSystems, Dept. FIN, 9015 W. Maple St., Milwaukee, WI 53214, 888/828-6600.

Reduce muddy yards One way to deal with muddy livestock yards is to use synthetic fabric of spun or woven polypropyl-ene. It can be installed below the soil surface to add stability to the soil and to distribute loads over a wide area. Find these and other tips in the University of Minnesota publication Using All-Weather Geotextile Lanes and Pads (#AED-45).

The brochure also states that although a geotextile area requires some maintenance and can't withstand as much traffic or cleaning as concrete, it can be installed for about one-third the cost. Price: $4 (includes postage) plus 5_1/2% sales tax for Minnesota residents. Contact University of Minnesota, Dept. FIN, Attn: MWPS, 219 Bio-AgEng Bldg., 1390 Eckles Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108, 612/625-9733.

What pressure: tips for buying a washer 1. Gas models are the best choice for big jobs that require power. They start with a psi of 1,500 and go as high as 3,500. They are more portable and are not bound by electric cords. 2. The optimum spray angle is 45 degrees. Avoid spraying the surface "head on" because that tends to imbed the dirt particles in the surface. The wider the spray angle, the lower its ability to cut through dirt. 3. Tips for nozzle tips: A wide pattern (40 degrees to 60 degrees) distributes the impact of water over a large area. A fan pattern (15 degrees to 25 degrees) is the best choice for cleaning large flat surfaces. A narrow stream pattern (0 degrees) is best used for removing paint or tough dirt and for maximum deep cleaning in a concentrated area and is best suited for cleaning masonry or brick.

Better washing Cleaning livestock buildings is easy with any of these new cold- or hot-water pressure washers.

Belt-driven Hotsy. Hotsy offers hot-water units, including model 790 with its 3-gal. water capacity and 2,000 psi. It includes a belt-drive engine, a first for portable washers. The dual-belt drive provides smooth operation and reliability. The new model also includes a floattank to maintain constant water pressure and flow. The washer with pneumatic tires maneuvers easily over pavement and rough surfaces. It retails for $3,850. A larger model, the 1070, provides 4 gal. of water capacity and 3,000 psi. It retails for $4,895. Contact Hotsy Corp., Dept. FIN, 21 Inverness Way E., Englewood, CO 80112-5796, 800/525-1976.

Dirt under pressure. This gas-powered pressure washer from Campbell Hausfeld, model PW2455, is driven by a 6-hp Briggs and Stratton Intek OHV engine. A professional-style gun and lance dispense 2_1/2 gpm at 2,400 psi. It has a 25-ft. high-pressure hose for extra range and reach.

If the washer is left in bypass mode too long, heat can build up and damage the pump; a thermal relief valve eliminates any heated water from the pump to allow cool water to enter and cool it off. Suggested retail: $450. Contact Campbell Hausfeld, Dept. FIN, 100 Production Dr., Harrison, OH 45030, 888/247-6737.

Less fat, more filling, better value Now you can get your hogs to lose the fat without losing lean and get them to market weight in fewer days on less feed, with less waste. This, according to Elanco, can be achieved by using its new FDA-approved feed ingredient Paylean, which contains ractopamine hydrochloride (a compound developed by the company).

It directs nutrients away from the fat of the animal to increase lean pork. After 10 years of testing, results show that hogs fed Paylean: * Gained 11 lbs. more lean pork; * Had 7 lbs. less fat; * Required 41 lbs. less feed; * Took four fewer days to reach market weight; and * Produced 40 lbs. less manure.

Paul Abbott, communications associate for Elanco Animal Health, says that the FDA approved the ingredient without a withdrawal period. "That just shows how safe it really is," he says. "And, this is not a hormone, it's not a GM [genetic modification] and it's not an antibiotic.

"We had trained testers taste fresh loin and smoked ham from pigs fed Paylean and they did not detect any differences in the juiciness, tenderness or flavor compared to meat from pigs that were not fed the ingredient," Abbott claims.

It can be fed to one pig or 10,000. The company expects to have quantities available in the second quarter of this year. Contact Elanco Animal Health, Dept. FIN, 500 E. 96th St., Suite 125, Indianapolis, IN 46240, 800/428-4441.