Livestock should be introduced slowly to brassica crops. Initially 1–2 hours access should be given and built up to full time access over 7–10 days.  To avoid digestive disorders, animals should not be introduced to fresh brassicas when hungry as they could gorge themselves.
Roughage in the form of a grass, hay or straw should be freely available to animals being transitioned onto brassica diets.  When fully adjusted brassica should make up no more than 70% of the diet, with 30% coming from a good fibre source such as silage, hay or straw.

It is important to be aware that brassicas have a poor mineral profile and are found to be deficient for selenium, iodine, copper and cobalt, so it is essential that animals are supplemented with such, generally in the form of a bolus.

Typically out–wintered animals have a daily DM intake requirement of 3% of liveweight; for example a 300 kg animal will require 9 kg DM per day, however, only 70% of this can be made up of brassicas, leaving the brassica requirement at 6.3 kg DM per day, with the outstanding 2.7 kg DM being made up of silage, hay or straw.
A crop of late sown Redstart with an average yields of 4,800 kg DM/ha will last a group of 30 X 300 kg weanlings for 25 days.



This product needs no introduction but with straw scarce this year,  the FIBREBED might be of interest to some for loose house bedding.

1m³ of peat will cover 5m² with 8 inches of peat.  This will last a heavily stocked shed for 6/7 weeks (lesser stocked will last up until 10 weeks). Peat keeps the cattle very clean and comfortable.

We are currently delivering 100m³ loads and these can be divided into 3 parts if anyone needs a part load.  Contact us for more details.


We appreciate the turnout at our open meetingsHERBADRY, DRY COWS

and all the enquiries since.  Just a few points

to recap at drying off. Milk cow out completely

and drench 250ml of HERBADRY as soon as possible

(within 2 hours).  One drench is sufficient even in

high yielding cows.  It might just take an extra day.

Remove cow from milking herd and introduce

drying off diet.  Results visible within 24/48 hours.

For more details contact us.


Drench cows 250ml with HERBAMAS when flakes are SCC, MASTITIS, HERBA MAS

visible in the milk or when SCC is rising.

Best results are seen when applied with HERBADRY

at drying off in high SCC cows and obviously

one drenching will reduce the work load.



Winter barley again proved to be the most rewarding crop in harvest 2018 with straw and grain yields leaving the biggest return.

Further up country however the yields and quality of seed production was poor leaving a shortage of available seed for this autumn. Contact us for more details.




New dry cow therapy

Drying off cows has never been an easy job.  It is both time consuming and labour intensive.  Milk withdrawal and risking the odd kick is all part of the fun.

In 2017 we trialled a new product manufactured in Belgium on a number of Irish farms called HERBADRY.The product is 100% natural, antibiotic free and is administered in a drench form so no tubes are required.  The results were astounding!HERBADRY, DRY COWS


  • 100% success rate.
  • Udders just shrunk up within 24 hours.
  • No dripping or leaking as can occur with conventional methods.


With Herbadry milk production stopsin a fast and natural way. Oxytocin production is inhibited naturally and the cow doesn’t let down milk.  The absence of milk in the udder means no lactose and therefore a reduction in bacterial growth.  The following spring 2018 we followed these cows to assess the new lactation and again we found no residue, no mastitis and no withdrawal period for the milk.  Martin Crowe renowned dairy farmer Doon Co Limerick said:

 “cows dried up very fast and were very comfortable within 24 hrs. An Impressive product”

We are holding information evenings in association with HERBAVITA on the following dates:

Midleton Park hotel, Co Cork                                Monday 27th August 8.30pm.

Kades Kounty, Glenville, Co Cork                         Tuesday 28th August 8.30pm

Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon, Co Cork               Wednesday 29th August 8.30pm

Fern Hill Hotel, Clonakilty, CoCork                      Thursday 30th August 8.30pm

For further details contact the office on 023-8841911 or

Dan Martin 086-1733165

Sean o Flynn 087-1272334 /

Hugh Sisk 086-8200281 /




This summer teat dip contains DEAT, which is the only fly repellent registered in the European Union to repel fliesNuisance flies are antagonistic to cows as well as increasing the risk of mastitis.

HEXAKLENE R also contains a high level of chlorohexidine which is an excellentbiocide, and lanolin to aid in keeping teats soft.                    Teat spray with fly repellent





We won’t mention the war but fodder is undoubtedly going to be scarce on farm this coming winter. So what options have farmers left at this stage?

 Red Start Hybrid Brassica            

Redstart has the potential to yield 6tDM/ha when sown in early August. This can be grazed in situ or baled and fed out.  Suitable for feeding dry cows, replacement heifers, weanlings and store cattle. Ideal for a field intended for reseeding next year or following cereals.

Hybrid Ryegrass                              

This won’t give the same short term yield potential as Redstart but will give the potential for extra grazing in the spring followed by a cut in the autumn.  Hybrids are being cut up to five times per season and once your soil index is sufficient excellent yields are being achieved. This is Ideal for paddocks away from the farm and where zero grazing is being practiced.

Forage Rape

Can even be sat into September and again gives a high leaf yield with the potential to yield 5t DM/ha.  It can be grazed or baled.  Very easy to establish and again suitable for fields destined for reseeding.




This is where Home & DRY pellets are added to straw which is pitted after being chopped by a forage harvester. The ammonia breaks down the lignin in the straw increasing the ability of the animal to digest it. Also the protein of the straw is increased therefore improving what is already a beneficial feed.



We are sourcing wheat and barley for farmers for home treating again this season so let us know in advance if this is an option for your farm.

Alka Grain, Alka Feed, Home and dry,



We are selling a range of rations containing Home & Dry treated grain.  The entire diet is alkalised and contains 70% cereal including maize meal.  It is very safe to feed at high levels particularly where forage is tight.  Higher cereal inclusion increases the energy utilised by the cow increasing yield, fat and protein.



Home n’ Dry


ONTRAK is an affordable GPS for your tractor which is compatible with your iPad or iPhone.

With newer fertiliser spreaders and sprayers, spreading width has increased significantly and is virtually impossible to spread accurately.  The ONTRAK device sits on the tractor bonnet and has a light display from left to right.  Once you deviate from the centre line the lights flash directing you back in to line.  Fool proof to set up and can be moved from one tractor to the next as it is attached magnetically.

ontrak tractor gps
ontrak tractor gps

ontrak tractor gps

ontrak tractor gps




The latest news from The Farm Store,

  • Treat grain with home and dry,
  • Vitulix, the Lick for calves,
  • Healthy Hooves  New footbath method with copper,
  • Boom Sprayer Parts,



With the harvest about to begin and grain quality looking good, home saving grain direct from the combine is the most economical high quality feed source available.

Advantages of applying 30kg of HOME & DRY to your cereal:

  • Adds 4.5% protein to your feed
  • Creates an alkaline feed of 8%PH reducing the incidence of acidosis and enabling higher levels of high starch cereals to be fed.
  • Can be fed after 2 weeks of ensiling.
  • Replaces the need to buy in feed.
  • Can be stored up to 10 feet high.
  • Once stored dry can last the entire season
  • No moulds form as the grain is dry and the strong smell of ammonia repulses vermin.Alka Grain, Alka Feed, Home and dry, 

    VITULIX is a new concept mineral block to complement grass for younger stock by supplying a constant flow of minerals but also providing 25% more energy than a calf ration.

    It is formulated using evaporated molasses and is 95% DM; it contains protected fat (14MJ/KgDM) and protein (13%

    It is packed in 25kg drums and 1 bucket to 20 calves is sufficient.

    The evaporated molasses also ensures that the intake levels are curtailed but maintained.

    vitulix calf lick


New to the farm store is HEALTHY HOOVES.  While we have had excellent results using formalin and peracetic acid over the last number of years there are concerns over the fumes and safety of using the product particularly where farm labourers or young family members are exposed to the product.

Copper sulphate has always been an excellent antibacterial compound for foot bathing but had to be used at very high levels for effectiveness.

The other problem is that it is relatively insoluble in water because of the typical high PH of water.

Trials have shown that by dropping the PH of water from a standard of 6 PH to 2 PH you can increase the solubility of copper from 23% to 85% and therefore increasing the level of copper ions released to combat infection.

This is achieved by adding HEALTHY HOOVES to the footbath with the copper sulphate, this acid mixture drops the PH rapidly and increases the uptake of copper, the other advantage is that an acidic footbath lasts longer increasing the number of cow passes with each standard mix suitable for 500 passes.

See in store for more details.

healthy hooves treatment





 Alka Grain, Alka Feed, Home and dry,How much cereal does your dairy,beef or calf ration contain? 20% maybe or 30% max.

With this low level where does the energy come from in the feed?  It is hardly from the palm kernel, sunflower or wheat feed which have high inclusion rates in most compound feed to make them cheap.


The reason we hear all the time that these inferior ingredients need to be used is for fibre at grass.  But high levels of cereal cause stomach upsets, and of course traditionally this is true but for the last couple of years we have seen a change in this by including alka treated grain in our diets.

Our dairy and beef rations contain 60% cereal (maize, barley and wheat), 15% distillers grain and 20% soya hulls nothing else (no fillers).

You’ll be Home n’ Dry with Alkagrain

20% of the cereal content is made from ALKA GRAIN 150; this is a process where 150kg of HOME & DRY pellets are added to wheat or barley which results in a raw material which is now 30% protein, 60% starch and a PH of 8% (so now we have protein, energy and an alkaline feed source).

The high PH then neutralises the acidic nature of the other cereals to ensure the overall diet is ALKALINE and safe to feed at higher levels of inclusion.



The ideal rumen PH is between 6-7.  The ruminal microorganisms or stomach bugs are healthiest within this range increasing the dry matter intake and absorption of what the animal eats including grass and silage.

Trials have shown through the use of rumen bolus that animals fed a standard feed which is acidic can take up to 7 hours to get the PH back to its optimum level or at all.

So what if you could feed a high starch feed which already has a PH of 6 and above and therefore does not affect the rumen PH negatively significantly reducing the cows own energy in getting the rumen ph back to its desired level and maximising the DM and energy intake the animal eats.

Well now you can!

We have seen incidences this spring with lush grass where cows are very loose with bubbles in the dungs, this is evidence of acidosis and is obvious the cow is not maximising her intakes.




We also here from farmers that they are only feeding 2 kilos and what is in that is irrelevant as long as it gets the cow in the parlour carries cal-mg and is cheap

The difference however in feeding a ration with 60% cereal and 20% cereal is 1.2kg of cereal as opposed to 400gm/hd/day or 3 times the energy intake from as little as 2 kilos and because of the high cereal inclusion it is still very competitively priced.

The same mix applies to beef animals and the same benefits are being achieved however we have increased the protein in the calf mix.

These rations are available from the FARM STORE in both bulk and min-bulk ton bags.

Contact us for more details.




Single spot treatment for nuisance flies and lice.  fly treatment cattle

 Safe to use in lactating cows.




Abinex forte long acting

Abinex Forte is available in a low dose pour-on.  Abinex is an excellent pour-on for dry stock at grass controlling roundworms, lungworms, sucking and biting lice.

Contains abamectin which is a useful alternative to ivermectin in reducing resistance on farm.

Very competitive due to its low dose rate with 1lt treating 100 x 200kg animals.



Excellent teat dip which contains DEET to repel nuisance flies.  Also has a very high level of emollient to improve teat condition.Teat spray with fly repellent





Farmstore News

agroserve GEA dairy hygiene


HEXAKLEENE R is the only teat dip registered on the Irish market to contain DEET fly repellent. DEET is registered all over the world as the leading fly repellent and can be found in all market leading formulations including humans.

Hexaklene R also contains 5000ppm of chlorohexidine and a high level of emollients to maintain teat condition.

Teat spray / dip Teat spray with fly repellent


With rain finally arriving in useful quantities all spring sown crops will get a boost as temperatures are high. However many crops are struggling in particularly the later sown crops. K2 and Ceraide are excellent at increasing tiller numbers and can be applied with the weed spray.

jfc chemical cabinet



A new addition to the scheme is chemical storage.  This is something most tillage men will have in place but very few others.  A chemical container must be bunded and capable of storing the sufficient levels of chemical that will be on the farm at any one time.

We are now stocking the JFC chemical store and it comes in 2 sizes see in store for details.

Also don’t forget to get your sprayer tested before cross compliance season begins.  Contact Sean for further details 087-1272334.

 Grasseed -top 5 germinal


Top Five Grazing contains the following for this season:

  • Abermagic top late tetraploid on the TEAGSC PPI index
  • Aberchoice and Drumbo top late diploids on the TEAGASC PPI index
  • Dunluce 2nd highest for quality on the TEAGASC PPI index

Combined it has the highest DM, spring growth, autumn growth and all around quality than any other combination available. Why plant anything else?



New to the farm store this season is Alkafibre which is oat kernel treated with Home & Dry pellets to create an alkaline digestible fibre feed

Typical analysis: DM 86%, Starch 10.7%, Protein 13.5%, ME8.6%, PH8.75%

Excellent partner for lush grass as the alkaline content enables the rumen to maximise grass intake and therefore increase DM intake.



New injectable for cows with ZERO milk withdrawal for the control of internal and external parasites.

Advantages over pour on:

  • Weather resistant
  • More competitive than pour on
  • Fast dose rate with low volume
  • Very accurate dose with complementary injection gun.

Eprices zero milk withdrawal

Dectospot Pour-On

For the control of both sucking and biting lice on all ages of cattle, including lactating dairy cows. Also aids in the control of biting and nuisance flies.  Ideal for summer use!


  • Zero milk withdrawal in cattle
  • Can be used in pregnancy and lactation
  • Easy-to-use, spot-on treatment
  • Controls lice and flies in cattle
  • Controls tick, lice and treats blowfly strike in sheep

fly treatment cattle