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PigChamp online

Pork producers using PigChamp from may now opt for a Web-enabled system called Vision by PigChamp. The company claims that the new system is the next generation of swine information and knowledge management.

Production data are loaded into the Vision system via a Web browser; the software analyzes it and produces reports. The producer, staff, consultants and other key advisors may view the reports online. Vision is the result of an alliance between and software developer PigIt. Contact PigChamp at 952/997-3131, visit and click on the Vision logo.

Buy pharmaceuticals online

Producers and veterinarians may now buy products from Pharmacia Animal Health online at A new “Buy Now” link on the site's product information pages opens a page with direct links to distributors' e-commerce stores.

Easy cleanup

Save time while making nursery cleanup easier with the Farmweld Flip-to-Clean System designed for Farmweld Challenger Nursery Feeders. This system allows you to clean the feeder without removing it from the fence line because it can be rotated upside down and locked in place in two positions. The feeders are 30 in. tall and are available in lengths from 24 to 60 in. Price: $75 to $80 for the Flip-to-Clean kit, and $25 for Farmweld gating and feeder. Contact Farmweld, Dept. FIN, Rt. 2 Box 1B, Teutopolis, IL 62467, 800/328-7675,

Smart scale

Gallagher USA says that its new SmartScale 300 Weighing Indicator weighs animals accurately and easily. The indicator automatically recognizes and calibrates loadbars and zeroes the scale between animals to compensate for dirt or manure buildup on the scale. Data displayed for a group include number of animals, total weight, average weight, and lowest and highest individual weight.

The scale features either manual or automatic weighing modes, an internal rechargeable battery and a computer output port. The indicator connects to alleyway loadbars via 18-ft. cables. The steel loadbars have a 4,400-lb. weighing capacity and are available in 23- or 39-in. lengths. The waterproof loadbars can fit under most sizes of platforms and cages.

The SmartScale 300 indicator and loadbar set come with a two-year warranty. Price: $1,565 for indicator and loadbars. Contact Gallagher USA, Dept. FIN, 18940 Redland Rd., San Antonio, TX 78259, 800/531-5908,

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