An all-natural contraceptive bait, HogStop targets the male hog’s prodigious ability to reproduce. Feral hogs have the highest reproduction rate of any similar species and can produce a new litter every three months or so – and can produce litters of up to 20.

HogStop is a mixture of ingredients, commonly found in some livestock feeds, that is fed to feral hogs to reduce their numbers on your farm or ranch. Sperm counts in feral boar hogs are reduced – and hence fertility. Births of baby pigs are decreased, and feral hog populations decrease over time. HogStop is not a poison to kill the hogs.

Monogastric and ruminant animals such as deer, raccoons, sheep and goats may be affected by a reduction in fertility if eaten in large quantities. To avoid non-target animal effects, it should be fed in hog-specific feeders designed to keep out all other species.

Whether you are dealing with a few hogs in your area or a larger hog issue, HogStop is your easy answer to keeping them under control.

For more information, visit HogStop.


Elanco and Ginkgo Bioworks launch BiomEdit

Elanco Animal Health Inc. and Ginkgo Bioworks, the leading horizontal platform for cell programming, recently announced the launch of BiomEdit, a microbiome innovation company that is expected to discover, develop and introduce novel probiotics, bioactive molecules, engineered microbial medicines and microbial monitoring services for animal health.

Microbiome science is a rapidly growing field creating breakthroughs in animal health based on the microbial communities in animals and the surrounding environment. BiomEdit intends to discover, develop and introduce differentiated products that address some of the greatest needs for innovation in animal health, including medicated feed ingredients, nutritional health and therapeutics for livestock and pet species, as well as biosecurity technology for animal disease monitoring.

For more information, go to Elanco Animal Health Inc.

Solar panels

PowerFit peel-and-stick solar panels from Sunflare

Adding solar panels to a roof no longer requires a bulking and obvious structure, whether you want to add them to a metal roof on a house or an outbuilding. Sunflare’s new PowerFit is a thin, lightweight, flexible solar panel that lies flat, almost invisible between the seams of a standing seam metal roof.

Sunflare solar modules have a butyl-based adhesive on the back, so installation is a breeze, just peel and stick, reducing installation time by 50%. There is no worry about roof leaks because panels are installed without creating holes in the roof. And they are easy to maintain; you can walk on the panels to wet mop them for cleaning when needed. Sunflare PowerFit is UL, IEC, CEC certified and Class A fire-rated.

For more information, visit Sunflare Solar.


Arovyn from Merck Animal Health

Merck Animal Health recently announced it has received FDA approval of Arovyn (tulathromycin injection) – a broad-spectrum, prescription antibiotic that treats the major organisms associated with bovine respiratory disease (BRD), foot rot and pinkeye.

In beef and non-lactating dairy cattle, Arovyn is indicated for the treatment of BRD and control of respiratory disease in animals at high risk of developing BRD associated with Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, Histophilus somni and Mycoplasma bovis. It also is approved for treatment of pinkeye or infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK) associated with Moraxella bovis, plus treatment of foot rot associated with Fusobacterium necrophorum and Porphyromonas levii. In suckling calves, dairy calves and veal calves, Arovyn is indicated for treatment of BRD associated with M. haemolytica, P. multocida, H. somni and M. bovis.

Arovyn has a pre-slaughter withdrawal time of 18 days in cattle.

For more information, visit Merck Animal Health.


FerAppease from FERA Diagnostics and Biologicals

FERA Diagnostics and Biologicals is pleased to introduce FerAppease, a unique analogue of the naturally occurring Maternal Bovine Appeasing Substance (MBAS) used to improve beef cattle welfare, animal health and performance, providing more profitability for ranchers, backgrounders and feedyards. Originally used in swine, research shows FerAppease minimizes the animal’s perception of danger, allowing it to feel safe and more comfortable during routine management procedures such as weaning, transport, relocation, branding, castrating and much more.

All ingredients in FerAppease are FDA-approved under GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) and the product is applied topically. Operators spray FerAppease on the back of the animal’s head and just above the muzzle. The MBAS enters a gland in the animal’s nose, reducing stress reactions by the brain’s hypothalamus and amygdala.

During clinical trials, treated animals in all stages displayed enhanced performance and immunity. In another study working with ranchers who precondition weaned calves, FerAppease helped by reducing stress, increasing dry matter intake and improving weight gain. Ranchers saw an extra 20 to 50 pounds per head, allowing them to sell more live weight.

FerAppease treatments for weaned beef calves through adult cattle will cost $3 per head, and for calves $1.50 per head. FerAppease use doesn’t require a veterinarian’s prescription or a Veterinary Feed Directive plan, and there are no meat withholding requirements.

For more information, visit FerAppease  end mark

Photos courtesy: of HogStop, Sunflare Solar, Merck Animal Health and FERA Diagnostics and Biologicals.