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Slideshow: Take a look at these new tools and machines gear toward livestock producers.

Tom J. Bechman

August 14, 2023

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After a slowdown in new product releases, the pipeline appears to be greased up again and ready to start flowing. New product introductions have been brisk so far this year. Many within the industry look for that pace to continue, if not increase, with product launches during farm show season in late summer and early fall.

A number of new products will help make life a bit more efficient or easier for livestock producers. Here are a few examples:

Better manure injector. The Phantom 2 liquid manure injector from Bazooka Farmstar could be the answer if you want a dependable machine that will place manure several inches below the surface without disturbing the surface more than necessary. Look for it to be popular with people who incorporate livestock production and manure handling with minimum tillage and no-till.

Accurate rations. Intercomp makes solutions for cattle producers who want to feed livestock with total mixed rations and do it as efficiently as possible. That requires exact measurement and tracking of inputs. That’s where the LD820 RFX Bluetooth TMR Indicator and several other products from Intercomp enter the picture. The company’s offerings are all about accurate weighing upfront, coupled with tracking nutrients in the ration through the entire feeding process.

Safer feeding. Getting out of the tractor to remove netwrap or twine on big bales is not only a nuisance, but it also can be dangerous. Climbing in and out of the tractor and trying to undo wrap on a large bale suspended on a loader introduces safety issues. The Hillco Wrap Twine Remover eliminates most of those issues, allowing you to remove wrap and twine from the tractor cab.

Check out the slideshow to see these and many more new products for livestock farms.

About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman is editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer. He joined Farm Progress in 1981 as a field editor, first writing stories to help farmers adjust to a difficult harvest after a tough weather year. His goal today is the same — writing stories that help farmers adjust to a changing environment in a profitable manner.

Bechman knows about Indiana agriculture because he grew up on a small dairy farm and worked with young farmers as a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor before joining Farm Progress. He works closely with Purdue University specialists, Indiana Farm Bureau and commodity groups to cover cutting-edge issues affecting farmers. He specializes in writing crop stories with a focus on obtaining the highest and most economical yields possible.

Tom and his wife, Carla, have four children: Allison, Ashley, Daniel and Kayla, plus eight grandchildren. They raise produce for the food pantry and house 4-H animals for the grandkids on their small acreage near Franklin, Ind.

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