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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

MIGHTY MINERAL BOLUS It’s always been a challenge to ensure an even delivery of minerals to each critter in the herd. This new product gets rid of the guesswork. New Reloader 250™ Mineral Bolus from Cargill Animal Nutrition is the sure-shot approach to delivering essential trace minerals and vitamins to cattle across the United States. Every cow. Every day. For 250 days. The Reloader 250 Mineral Bolus provides six essential trace minerals and three vitamins. Administered orally via a balling gun applicator, the bolus is retained in the reticulum where the timed release technology lasts for 250 days. It is recommended that Reloader 250 be administered after the early lactation period. This ensures trace mineral delivery via the bolus until approximately 30 days prior to calving. Reloader 250 is available for purchase online at www. ReloaderBolus.com or through your local Nutrena® dealer or Vigortone® representative. There are 20- and 40-count boxes available and producers should administer one Reloader 250 bolus per 440 lbs., not to exceed two boluses per head every 250 days. Boluses should be administered by trained personnel, such as a veterinarian or others with signifi cant cattle handling expertise. For more information about Cargill Animal Nutrition, visit: http://www.cargill.com/feed. TWO NEW SQUARES Was this your old baler’s last year in the fi eld? Here’s some good news; making large square bales of high-quality hay will get much easier in 2018 with the introduction of the model L331 and L341 Large Square Balers from John Deere. Both models feature several customer-requested enhancements, including a new MegaWide™ pickup with or without precutter, and numerous hay-making options that hay producers can select from to best fi t their operations. These two new large square balers, which will replace the previous L300 Series Large Square Balers introduced in 2015, are 100 percent John Deere designed and built from front to back. The changes start with a new John Deere feed system that increases overall baler reliability and performance under a wide variety of tough haying conditions to get more crop into the baler. This includes a new wider and more robust standard 2.2-meter MegaWide pickup with optional 2.2- and 2.5-meter – the widest in the industry – Premium MegaWide pickups; new inline, undershot rotor; and heavy-duty roller baffl es and gauge wheels. In addition, there are two confi gurations of precutter, depending on model, 13-knife or 21-knife, with drop fl oor and slide out tray for easier cleanout. Another important new option customers can select from is BalerAssist™, which allows the operator to more quickly and easily clear plugs without leaving the cab and makes TRUSTY OL’ RED A pocket-sized recordkeeping tool used by cattle producers for more than 30 years will be available for the 2018 year starting October 2, 2017. The Redbook from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association helps cattle producers effectively and effi ciently record their daily production efforts, helping enhance profi tability. The 2018 Redbook has more than 100 pages to record calving activity, herd health, pasture use, cattle inventory, body condition, cattle treatment, AI breeding records and more. It also contains a Producers Guide for Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Cattle, Beef Quality Assurance Best Practices and proper injection technique information, as well as a calendar and notes section. Redbooks can be purchased for $7.00 each, plus shipping and handling. Customization of the Redbooks is available (for 100 books or more), and quantity discounts are available. To order, visit www.beefusa.org or call (800) 525-3085. it easier to access service points. For twine tying, there’s a new electronic knotter trip option that improves bale length consistency. In addition, John Deere has new moisture sensor and bale-weighing options for the large square balers to give operators immediate visibility to crop conditions and bale densities. The bale-weighing system allows fl ake-by-fl ake monitoring of bale weight to help the operator create more uniform-sized bales across the fi eld. The L331 model, which produces a 3x3-foot bale, and the L341 baler, which makes a 3x4-foot bale, can be used for many types of hay and forage crops, and offers improved performance when baling straw and cornstalks. The new L331 and L341 Large Square Balers can be ordered today with delivery in time for the 2018 haying season. For more information contact your local John Deere dealer or visit JohnDeere.com/ag. NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017 I WORKING RANCH I 19


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