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2018 CAN-AM OFF-ROAD LINEUP Adds Power and Diversity

BRP (TSX:DOO) continues to optimize its Can-Am off-road lineup with multiple changes for 2018. The brand is again setting the bar with the most powerful factory-built side-by-side vehicle on the market, the new 172hp 2018 Maverick X3 Turbo R model. The Rotax ACE engine was reconfigured to deliver a potent 172hp straight from the factory. Additional lineup changes include more options for utility and recreational use, with the introduction of additional specialty packages.


The Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle family introduces the 172hp 2018 Maverick X3 Turbo R model, the most powerful factory-built side-by-side vehicle on the market. The turbocharged 172hp 2018 Maverick X3 Turbo R model delivers 12 percent more horsepower and 10 percent added torque. The new side-by-side vehicle can go from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

The Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side family also now includes a 120hp Maverick X3 Turbo side-by-side. The new vehicles, offered in two- and four-seat packages, start at less than $20,000 USD* and come standard with many of the performance features for which the Maverick X3 is known.

The Can-Am Defender vehicle family   now includes a market point-of-entry in the crew category with the Defender MAX HD8 package ($12,399 USD*). The new 2018 Defender MAX XT CAB HD10 super model features enhanced ground clearance, arched A-arms, with a greater footprint and an integrated heater system.

The Commander 1000R side-by-side vehicle also received a significant update for 2018, with a performance bump to 92hp, a wider stance and larger brakes for enhanced appeal in the recreational-utility category. The Can-Am Commander 800 side-by-side vehicle has a $1,000* price drop (US) for the new model year.

Can-Am ATVs have long been recognized for their performance, precision-engineered handling and consumer-focused design, and those key pillars have been reinforced for 2018. Inspired by a Can-Am heritage model, the Outlander X xc 1000R ATV makes a triumphant return delivering the true crossover-type Sport-Rec performance.

Powered by either a Rotax V-Twin 650 or Rotax V-Twin 850 engine, the all-new Outlander North Edition ATVs, available in one-up and MAX platforms, also includes an exclusive equipment package for cold weather and a super low L gear for hard work. The Can-Am Outlander Mossy Oak Hunting Edition ATVs now includes three available engine packages, as a new Outlander 450 package (starting at just $8,999 USD*) joins the existing 570 and 1000R Rotax V-Twin-powered offerings.

*Based on Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price. Dealers may sell for less.

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Midwest Company Offers Agriculture Community Products to Protect Their Hearing

Etymotic’s High-Definition Earplugs and Earphones Reduce The Risk of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

Exposure to noise from loud farm machinery and animals, and the resulting hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is just one of the many occupational hazards with which modern farmers have to contend.

Etymotic’s safety line of earplugs and earphones reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. Used for years by musicians and others exposed to high sound levels, these products are now being highlighted as essential equipment for farmers.

  1. Etymotic’s HD•Safety™ earplugs are the world’s highest fidelity ready-fit earplugs. These low-cost earplugs reduce sound levels while preserving clarity, instead of muffling the sound. HD•Safety™ earplugs are available in two sizes to fit most ears.
  2. Farmers who need protection from sudden loud impacts or sustained loud sounds, but also want to hear naturally when sound levels are safe, have a solution in the HD•15® electronic earplugs. These electronic earplugs allow safe sounds to pass through, as though nothing is in the ears, yet instantaneously react to reduce loud sounds and protect hearing.
  3. Listening to music in tractor cabs can put hearing at risk if the volume has to be raised to hear the music over the machine noise. Etymotic’s HD•Safety™ Earplugs + Earphones block external sound (like earplugs) to reduce external noise and are engineered for safe listening and exceptional sound quality. High-definition sound reproduction means no need to use high playback levels to hear every detail of the music. Risk to hearing is minimized, regardless of the volume setting.

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TechMix Global Launches Oral Rehydration Product to Protect Scouring Calves

Free Choice Acceptance Trials Demonstrate High Palatability Among Calves

TechMix Global announces the introduction of BlueLite® ReplenishM, a new nutrient-dense liquid oral rehydration solution with molasses flavoring for scouring calves.  BlueLite ReplenishM features high palatability; increased sodium, potassium, and chloride absorption; increased energy; and a low abomasal pH to decrease risk of infection and disease. The new product replaces fluid losses; corrects acid balances and electrolyte abnormalities; restores blood pH levels to normal; reverses negative energy balances; and reduces growth of E. coli and salmonella.  Unlike most calf scour products, it requires no mixing and increases labor efficiency.  BlueLite ReplenishM are now available in North America and beginning in June in Europe.

BlueLite Replenishwas formulated based on specific calf nutrient recommendations for oral rehydration from Dr. Geof Smith, DVM and professor of ruminant medicine at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  These factors include: sodium concentration, amino acids, osmolality, and alkalinizing agents.  Dr. Geof Smith Oral Rehydration Recommendations

BlueLite ReplenishM contains several distinct alkalinizing agents – sodium acetate, sodium propionate, and sodium citrate – to increase sodium absorption and correct metabolic acidosis in scouring calves.  All three agents have proven to be better alkalinizing agents than sodium bicarbonate for a variety of reasons.  Sodium acetate and sodium propionate are volatile fatty acids that facilitate absorption, produce energy when metabolized and do not increase abomasal pH.

BlueLite Replenishfalls within osmolality levels recommended by Dr. Geof Smith to ensure timely emptying of the stomach to prevent abomasal bloat and risk of disease or infections. BlueLite ReplenishM is fortified with a proprietary blend of amino acids and glycine to provide energy, speed absorption, and decrease recovery time. It contains 90 mMol/L of sodium, 30 mMol/L of potassium, and 59 mMol/L of chloride.

Mike Nelson, TechMix CEO, says “Because of its unique molasses flavor profile and caramel color, we believe ReplenishM will become one of the most palatable products on the market today.  In free-choice acceptance trials with dairy and cow-calf operations throughout North America and Europe, time and time again scouring calves preferred ReplenishM to other oral rehydration products.”

BlueLite ReplenishM is easy to use and requires no mixing unlike most powdered calf electrolyte products.  It features a rich brown color and is available in a variety of sizes including single-dose 4-ounce bottles (12 bottles to a case), 1-gallon jugs which provide 32 doses and 55-gallon drums which provide 1,760 doses.  In Europe, the product is offered in 1.1 liter and 5 liter jugs.

Other products featured in TechMix Global’s calf product portfolio include: BlueLite® C, an acidified electrolyte for pre-weaned calves; Calf Restart One-4® a highly digestible powder providing essential nutrients and hydration; Calf preRD® a daily source for naturally occurring microorganisms; ProMax Multi, a ready to use microbial paste that improves digestion and immune function in calves; and Calf Renova, an easy-to-use capsule containing a source of natural ingredients including botanical extract, naturally occurring microorganisms, and yeast fermentation products.

“Veterinarians around the world have long known that hydration is the key to keeping cattle drinking, eating, and producing – especially calves,” says Nelson.  “More than 60% of all mortality in calves less than two months of age is a direct result of scours.  BlueLite Replenishwill enable calves to survive and thrive after bouts with scours by keeping them hydrated, by correcting acidosis and blood pH issues and by providing the energy they need to recover quickly.”

For more information on ReplenishM and Dr. Geof Smith’s video recommendations for treatment of scouring calves, visit:


Case IH Maxxum Series Tractor

The Maxxum series two-wheel drive tractors from Case IH create efficient power dispersion in a package perfect for many tasks.

A new line of Maxxum series two-wheel drive tractors is ideal for hay and forage operations, vegetable production, dairy operations and small-acreage mixed farms.

Models ranging from 116- to 145-rated engine horsepower boosts the PTO, hydraulics and transport speed that are hallmarks of the performance available from Maxxum tractors.

“The main difference between the Maxxum series two-wheel drive tractor and the rest of the Maxxum lineup is that it features a two-wheel drive option,” said Cole Carling, Case IH Maxxum tractor marketing manager.

“The Maxxum two-wheel drive ‘combines’ efficient power with enhanced maneuverability and a tighter turning radius, making it an ideal option for hay and forage operations and smaller operations,” he said.

Models ranging from 116- to 145-rated engine horsepower feature the PTO, hydraulics and transport speed that are hallmarks of the performance producers expect from Maxxum tractors – all at a lower price point.

“Removing the mechanical front wheel drive feature reduces the purchase price, but still gives producers the dedicated horsepower to get the job done,” Carling said. “This creates a best-in-class package perfect for pulling round balers, mower conditioners and specialty planters.”

Carling added that the vegetable market would benefit from the lineup’s available pressure-flow compensating hydraulics, which ensures more precise planting.

Premium features of Maxxum tractors include:

  • Case IH FPT Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions technology frees engines to produce raw power and torque with less fuel.
  • The Surround Vision cab with high-visibility roof panel – plus smaller front wheels – provides unobstructed, 360-degree vision.
  • Available cab suspension provides a smooth, comfortable ride in the field or on the road.

Maxxum series two-wheel drive models are available now. Visit or see your local Case IH dealer for more information.