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|Cool stuff we saw at World Ag Expo |
|News - Industry News|
|Written by PD staff|
|Thursday, 17 February 2011 13:15|
Summary: This article in our March 1st issue, detailed the new and neat things editors observed while attending the world’s largest outdoor agricultural exhibition held in Tulare, California. Coverage of World Ag Expo-related activities will ramp up in the first four issues in the new year.
In our January 1st issue of 2012, Progressive Dairyman will preview the unique dairy-related events that will occur during this year’s show. A map of the dairy area of the show grounds will be inserted into the January 20th issue. And a recap of the cool stuff our editors saw will appear again in the March 1st issue.
Watch for more information about the eight dairy-specific seminars Progressive Dairyman will be hosting during the show. Several of the sessions will highlight forward-thinking dairies and their straightforward owners in virtual farm tours.
Seminar topics will include innovative feeding and nutrition strategies, employment verification tips to ensure a legal workforce, up-and-coming models for revenue from sustainability projects, a 2012 dairy market outlook and more.
The recent World Ag Expo provided Progressive Dairyman staff with the opportunity to learn about the latest products being offered to help solve dairy industry issues.
Udder Comfort Spray-Gun
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health's Vista vaccines
ParlorPro's iPrep app
DeLaval’s Voluntary Milking System (VMS)
Promat, Inc.'s Pasture Gel Mat
What brought about this product's creation?
ParturX was developed to address, in one product, the various “parturition complex” issues that cows experience at calving time.
These include low blood calcium and energy deficiency. High levels of B vitamins support appetite, 12 grams of niacin per dose aid liver function, glucose precursors such as propylene glycol help maintain blood glucose levels and calcium combined with other components help manage metabolic issues.
Many products on the market contain individual components such as calcium, vitamins or energy, but this product contains all of these and a full feeding of yeast culture to support rumen function and appetite.
The spray bottles that we have are meant for use when applying to a quarter on a few cows; 10 pulls on a quarter for a few cows is manageable for the workers. But when you have 20 to 40 fresh cows at a time — spraying on 40 pulls on the whole udder — workers get sore wrists and fingers from doing all the pulls.
Since label claims offer limited information, developers wanted to provide veterinarians and producers with well-researched vaccines that could be used with confidence in a variety of management situations.
This line of vaccines is the only avirulent-live culture Mannheimia haemolytica/Pasteurella multocida protection combined with a five-way modified-live viral. It is also is the only vaccine labeled for BVD Type 1 and Type 2 protection throughout the entire pregnancy, offering complete fetal protection. Its unique technology also helps lead to a more complete and comprehensive immune response in a low-stress way with no impact on milk production when administered to cows.
There is an interface screen for entering data and a screen that displays results (prep lag times, kill times, unit on times and prep procedures) that are automatically calculated.
The results screen is also formatted for distributing via email. The simplicity of this app allows us to keep the price under $5, which makes it not only easy to use, but also extremely appealing to anyone evaluating prep procedures, regardless of how often they plan to do so.
We take a program that simplifies analyzing a prep procedure by eliminating pen and paper, reentering data in a computer, performing calculations and creating reports, and offer it to anyone who has a smartphone.
Now you don’t have to hire someone to evaluate your prep procedure, or spend $1000-plus on a program that has more bells and whistles than you’ll ever need. This makes it appealing to any dairyman, herdsman, parlor manager and consultant, knowing that they don’t have to spend over $5 and can accomplish something in minutes instead of hours.
Embracing, optimizing and incorporating wireless capabilities allows the owner, manager and service technician to not only observe, but adjust the performance levels of the entire system without physically sitting at a desk, PC and/or visiting the barn which offers all members of the team peace of mind.
Utilizing applications and programs accessible via a smartphone or similar compatible device enhances the efficiency, time management and productivity for all involved while delivering peace of mind.
Instead, consultation real time when most convenient for all, in this case hundreds of miles from the dairy but as though being on the farm, tweaking reports to better meet the needs of the users and their management team, examining the trends in milk production gains and reproduction makes for more timely and accurate determinations. This is simply about farming in a smarter way, or at least having the freedom to do so.
Unlike the waterbed that is out in the market, where the water sloshes around and the water moves from side to side and end to end, this gel does not slosh around or shift rapidly like water would. So, we’ve tried to mimic the feel of sand, using gel in a contained environment.
With this product, we have used real time digital pressure point body mapping technology. Our goal is to have this mattress form and adjust to every cow. What we are doing is we are looking at where the pressure points on the cow are and making adjustments to make the mattress as comfortable for the cow as possible. PD