Protect cows and nursing calves
Vista vaccines from Merck Animal Health are USDA approved to protect pregnant cows and nursing calves against reproductive and respiratory diseases. Nursing calves can be vaccinated preweaning. Pregnant cows can be vaccinated when they are not handled before breeding season, which is the recommended time to vaccinate for complete fetal protection. Discuss use of modified-live vaccines in pregnant animals with a veterinarian. Vista vaccines protect cattle from Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR), Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD Types 1 and 2), Parainfluenza3 (PI3), Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV), leptospirosis, vibriosis, Pasteurella multocida and Mannheimia haemolytica. Contact: Merck Animal Health, (800) 521-5767 or www.merck-animal-health.com.
Steel-frame tension fabric buildings
Combining superior-quality, rigid-frame engineering with the tension fabric, Legacy Building Solutions’ new line of fabric buildings offers animal confinement and commodity storage options. The buildings have structural steel beams instead of open web trusses, which are not vulnerable to corrosion in the tube. The strength in the structural steel frame allows for several engineering advantages, such as flexibility to customize building designs for wider doors or side doors, as well as installation of sprinkler systems. Legacy steel components and fabric covers have a 15-year warranty. Contact Legacy Building Solutions, 19500 County Road 142, South Haven, MN 55382, (877) 259-1528 or www.legacybuildingsolutions.com.
Cattle can consume the supplement they need, when they need it for optimal body condition scores year-round with Accuration Block from Purina Animal Nutrition. The Intake Modifying Technology in the supplement lets producers feed the Accuration Block free-choice, allowing cows to consume the nutrients as needed. This technology encourages snack eating during the day, which supports rumen efficiency, helps address nutrient waste and aids forage digestion. The Accuration Block comes in a 200-lb. block, 200-lb. plastic tub and a 500-lb. block. A Natural Beef program version is available in a 200-lb. plastic tub. Contact: Purina Animal Nutrition, P.O. Box 66812, St. Louis, MO 63166, (800) 227-8941 or http://cattlenutrition.com.
- January 2014