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Vaccine for BCV

Merck Animal Health has announced the launch of Bovilis® Coronavirus, the first USDA-approved modified-live intranasal vaccine to aid in the reduction of enteric disease caused by bovine coronavirus (BCV). Most severe during winter months, BCV is often prevalent in cow-calf beef herds and dairy calves. It is frequently diagnosed as the leading pathogen in neonatal calves.

BCV is commonly transferred by animals during periods of stress, including shipping, parturition, cold weather, commingling or delivery to a backgrounding facility or feedyard. Scours and winter dysentery are often the two signs that will signal the presence of BCV. A 2012 study at the University of Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratory tested 147 herds and found nearly half (49.4%) of the herds to be positive for BCV. In related research at Oklahoma State University, 37% of BCV cases were found in calves zero to 30 days old.

Merck veterinarians say producers are not aware of how common bovine coronavirus is and how widespread in their herds it can be. They suggest vaccination against it is particularly important, especially as part of a complete herd-health protocol. In addition, the combination of vaccinating both dams and calves is critical to best management practices for scours protection.

The company’s product research results for the new vaccine have shown the occurrence of scours in vaccinated calves was reduced by one-third, with average duration of clinical signs reduced to 3.40 days vs. an average of nearly seven (6.82) days in the control group. In addition, the severity of the symptoms was significantly less in the vaccinated calves compared to the control group. Results of the safety trials demonstrated the vaccine is safe to use in calves as young as 1 day of age. The new vaccine is available in 25-dose trays and in 10-dose and 50-dose bottles.

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New white clover released

Researchers at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and the University of Georgia (UGA) have developed a new white clover (a legume) variety called Renovation to help ag producers improve and maintain healthy, productive pastures.


Renovation white clover

Renovation is the first white clover released by the Noble Foundation and the first commercial product of the joint breeding effort. The goal for the Noble-UGA forage-breeding program was to develop new white clover varieties that could help restore perennial grass pastures throughout the southern United States. Noble plant breeders say the new clover’s genetic makeup is the result of a southern clover variety bred with a large-leaf clover variety.

Renovation white clover is ideal for grazing livestock and wildlife food plots, and helps maintain healthy soils by controlling erosion and providing slope stabilization.
Once established and properly managed, Renovation can provide protein-rich food for livestock and wildlife while reducing fertilizer costs thanks to the legume’s ability to fix its own free nitrogen. Users can plant Renovation with cool-season and warm-season grasses.

Renovation is available for purchase through Smith Seed Services. For more information, visit

Heavy-duty utility tractor

Massey Ferguson, a global brand of Agco Corp., has expanded its heavy-duty utility tractor lineup with the new 5700 and 6700 Series, offering outstanding weight and lift capacity for tractors in the 100- to 130-engine-horsepower (hp) range. The MF5710 and MF5711 are 100- to 110-hp tractors, while the MF6712 and MF 6713 provide 120 hp and 130 hp, respectively.


Massey Ferguson 6700 Series tractor

The 5700 Series is equipped with four-wheel-drive (4WD) with a cab and weighs in at 9,840 pounds (lb.), and features a three-point lift capacity of 7,716 lb., full stroke at 24 inches (in.) and maximum lift capacity of 8,664 lb. at 24 in.

Both the 5700 and 6700 Series are powered with Agco Power 4.4L 4-cylinder Tier-4 compliant diesel engines, equipped with high-pressure, common-rail direct fuel injection, along with a turbocharger and intercooled intake air. A Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emission system allows the engines to operate at their peak performance without exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) components or a diesel particulate filter (DPF), which requires fuel- and time-consuming regeneration maintenance. A factory-installed creeper is available.

For operators seeking a more basic tractor, select models are available with 2WD or a 12F✕12R 2-range Synchro-Shuttle transmission. All four models in the two new series are factory-equipped with radial tires for increased stability under load, reduced compaction in the field and a better ride for increased operator comfort.

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Angled tines for single-rotor rakes

Krone has announced its Swadro single-rotor rakes now feature Krone Lift Tines™ with new angled ends, allowing them to lift the material while raking, creating the Krone Lift Effect™. Previously, these tines were only utilized on twin-rotor rake models, but this proven technology has been extended to the single-rotor rakes.


Swadro single-rotor rake with Krone Lift Tines™

The special design improves the quality of the harvested forage by reducing contamination because the angled tines do not drag the ground and pick up other materials from the field. In addition, the curve in the lift tines improves the shape of the windrow. The advantages for producers include higher work rates and minimized crop contamination.

Krone offers single-rotor rakes at work widths of 12 feet (ft.) 5 in. to 15 ft. In addition, the single-rotor models benefit from advanced technology, including the maintenance-free rotor gearboxes with a robust Duramax cam track, which comes with a three-year warranty. The tine arms utilize ball bearings within the cam track and are maintenance-free. The thick-walled tine arms, heavy-duty lift tines and large-diameter coils translate into excellent longevity, flexibility and strength, according to the release.

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Big bales, higher density

New Holland Agriculture has introduced the new BigBaler 340 Plus. The new baler features a baler chamber that is 31.5 in. longer than the previous model and delivers up to 10% higher density in perfectly formed bales for stacking and transport, according to the release. The increase in density depends on field condition, and, the company says, can mean more crop per bale. The baler’s double-knot system is designed to guarantee high bale density with lower knotting strain, reducing the risk of twine snapping, even in hot conditions.


New Holland BigBaler 340 Plus

The new baler comes with a host of features, such as the IntelliCruise™ technology that automatically regulates tractor ground speed to maximize baling capacity and uniform bale density, and the SmartFill™ feed-flow indicators that tell operators in real time which direction they should drive over the swath for even bale formation.

Other features include the MaxiSweep™ pick-up design that tackles high-tonnage windrows with common components — tine bars and reel bearings — from the self-propelled forage harvester. In addition, the new baler is fully ISOBUS-compatible for single-screen technology. Other improvements include the diameter of the packer shaft has been increased from 2.3 in. to 3 in.; the bigger drive chain, now 1.25 in., handles with ease the high loads of PackerCutter models. The slip clutch has been reinforced.

In CropCutter™ models, the new high-quality chrome pins are more wear-resistant against sand and dust, and extend the chain life significantly. Each knife is spring-protected to avoid breakage from foreign objects, and optional hard-faced knives are available for greater durability.

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