Company News: Merck, Norbrook, okPork, Iowa Department of Ag and More

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Merck Animal Health Introduces Armatrex™

Merck Animal Health has launched Armatrex™ – an EPA registered bacteriostatic spray-on antimicrobial solution for use on structures and physical components in a variety of livestock production, equine and companion animal biosecurity situations. When used in conjunction with cleaning and disinfecting protocols, Armatrex – a silane quaternary ammonium salt – provides a protective coating against the growth of bacteria, fungi, mold and algae, according to a company release.

“Biosecurity and animal wellbeing are top concerns for consumers and producers. Controlling pathogens on surfaces that animals are exposed to is a key part of a holistic biosecurity and animal health program,” says Justin Welsh, D.V.M., executive director of food animal technical services for Merck Animal Health, in the release. “Armatrex joins a long list of products from Merck Animal Health focused on prevention of disease. Preventing disease and protecting animals from exposure to pathogens enhances their wellbeing.”

As part of a pathogen control protocol, Armatrex provides up to 90 days of antimicrobial protection and can be safely used in many live animal settings and on a variety of surfaces. From livestock operations, veterinary clinics, kennels, laboratories and zoos to farm vehicles and delivery trucks, Armatrex can fit any operation’s biosecurity needs, the release says.

The ready-to-use formulation does not require mixing or measuring. The electrostatic technology provides a uniform coverage of treated surfaces. Armatrex can be applied with a variety of equipment. It does not cause microbial adaptation, resistance or mutation.

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Norbrook® Launches Cefenil® RTU (ceftiofur hydrochloride), First Ready-to-Use Generic Injectable for Cattle and Swine

Norbrook, Inc. has launched Cefenil® RTU – a ready-to-use, veterinary-prescription, generic ceftiofur hydrochloride injectable. It’s a quality, affordable way to treat common diseases like swine bacterial respiratory disease and foot rot, bovine respiratory disease and metritis in cattle, according to a company release.

“Farmers and ranchers want to do the right thing for their animals,” says Bruce Brinkmeyer, Product Manager, Norbrook, in the release. “Cefenil RTU provides them and their herds with the same effective treatment as other ceftiofur hydrochloride injectables on the market at a better value.”

In addition to being an effective and great value compared to the pioneer product, Cefenil RTU was designed to be easy to use – with the formulation and how it’s used.

Cefenil RTU is available in 100 mL and 250 mL vials and will be available in June.

Magapor launches a new APP, exclusive for customers

Magapor, a company specialized in swine reproduction, is proud to make a new APP exclusively available for their customers. It is conceived as a library of knowledge for these professionals, being updated in real time. It has been specifically designed and entirely developed by Magapor´s R & D department, according to a company release.

These are the services they can access, among others:

  • Comparison of their farm parameters with those of more than 9000 boars.
  • Possibility of seeing changes in reproductive trends and working methods used worldwide, through the surveys proposed.
  • Library of technical publications related to swine reproduction, in line with their informational commitment.
  • Validation reports of the acquired extenders.

These items are available in 18 languages, in an intuitive, simple and optimized application for use on mobile devices, which for sure will provide valuable help for customers.

okPORK to Host Pre-Memorial Day Blood Drive to Save Lives During COVID - 19 Pandemic

For the past 14 years, the Oklahoma Pork Council and the Oklahoma Blood Institute have teamed up for the annual Pre-Memorial Day Blood Drive. This year’s event will be held on May 21-22 at all OBI centers and at three mobile sites. This year’s event is themed “Give Local” and “BLOOD Unites Us,” according to a company release.

Donors can give blood at any OBI building in the state this Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Donors can also donate at Tinker Federal Credit Union in Moore on May from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Reeves Park in Norman on May 21-22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at Lowe’s North on Memorial OKC on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pulled Pork will be served to donors in appreciation for giving blood, along with a free vintage “Bacon” t-shirt and vouchers to Safari Joe’s H2O Water Park or the Oklahoma Science Museum. All donors will also be entered into a raffle to win a smoker.

“Oklahoma Blood Institute urgently needs your help. COVID-19 has created the greatest challenge to our local blood supply we’ve ever faced.” Billy Hendrix, OBI events manager said in the release. “It is completely safe to donate during the pandemic and together with your donation we can rebuild the blood supply.”

“Oklahoma’s pig farmers operate with the guiding principle of giving back to their communities,” said Nikki Snider, okPORK director of marketing and communications, in the release. “This is more important than ever in the face of fighting COVID-19 and we are pleased to be able to proceed with this year’s blood drive. We hope all Oklahoman’s who are able will join us and donate.

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Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Launches Foreign Animal Disease Training for Iowa Veterinarians

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is introducing a foreign animal disease program for veterinarians licensed to practice in Iowa. The IowaFADefense program will teach veterinarians how to rapidly detect, respond to and contain foreign animal diseases affecting livestock and poultry. The program will also increase the number of veterinarians who are trained and able to assist the Iowa Department of Agriculture and USDA in responding to a foreign animal disease outbreak, according to a department release.

“If a foreign animal disease breaches U.S. borders, it could be devastating to Iowa’s agriculture-based economy,” said Secretary Naig in the release. “It will take a quick, coordinated response from state, federal and private animal health experts to mitigate the spread of the disease. That’s why we’re hosting a training program for private veterinarians who would be an essential part of a foreign animal disease response if the need arises.”

Veterinarians will learn how to:

  • diagnose foreign animal diseases,
  • assist the state and federal departments of agriculture with foreign animal disease investigations,
  • teach farm staff how to collect surveillance samples during an outbreak,
  • work with their clients to enhance on-farm biosecurity,
  • improve on-farm record-keeping strategies to quickly facilitate foreign animal disease investigations, and
  • conduct a small-scale epidemiologic investigation on a farm.

African Swine Fever, Classical Swine Fever, Foot-and-Mouth DiseaseHighly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and Virulent Newcastle Disease are included in the IowaFADefense program curriculum.

The program is available entirely online and taught through a combination of webinars, interactive activities and modules, and video demonstrations. In-person meetings may be added in the future. Veterinarians who complete the entire program will earn 19 hours of continuing education credits. To participate, veterinarians must register by June 5, 2020, at, the release says.

New Feed Flow Control For Big Wheel® Feeders Improves User Experience

Osborne Industries, Inc., has released a new feed flow adjustment system for the company’s line of Big Wheel® Pig Feeders. All standard dry and wet/dry nursery, wean-to-finish, and 60- head finishing feeders feature the new Feed Flow Control, making adjusting and setting feed flow fast and easy, according to a company release.

The Feed Flow Control features an easy-to-read, numbered positioning system that is simple to adjust and set. An added spring enables Big Wheel Feeder users to easily make micro-adjustments to the cone height inside the feed hopper at any time – even if the hopper is full of feed, the release says. The new control readily installs on all existing feeders

Big Wheel Feeder’s mechanical flow feed delivery system and round trough design relies on pigs – not gravity – to introduce feed into the eating trough. The self-regulating feature is caused by a combination of close hopper-to-trough spacing and gravity-eliminating cone in the hopper. Micro-adjustments can be made to feed flow using the new Feed Flow Control based on feed type or moisture content. The self-cleaning, round trough and large head spaces of the feeders naturally spread pigs radially around the feeder reducing wasteful competition, the release says.

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