JUNE NEWSLETTER

ALKA DAIRY

 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.

ALKA FEEDS, ALKA GRAIN

RUMEN PH

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.

 

 

FEED COMPARISONS

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.

 

DECTOSPOT:

 

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

 Safe to use in lactating cows.

 

 

ABINEX FORTE: 

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.

 

HEXAKLENE R

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

 

 

 

HEXAKLENE R TEAT SPRAY/DIP WITH FLY REPELLENT

JANUARY NEWSLETTER

 COSY CALF JACKET

Research shows that valuable energy consumed by a calf can be lost through environmental factors.

When temperatures fall below 15 Deg C, energy will be used by the calves to keep warm leading to cold stress.  New born calves have only 3% body fat which leaves them heavily dependent on nutritional energy sources for heat production.

This means if producers do not offer calves more feed (energy), the feed consumed will be used to keep warm instead of used for growth.  Calves not fed enough in cold conditions will not grow and will most likely start losing weight.  The Cosy Calf Jacket maintains the animals body temperature regardless of fluctuating temperatures.

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FOOTBATH:

 We have been stocking the Paxton footbath for some time and farmer response has been very positive.  Unlike traditional footbaths with grooves and rough corners the PAXTON footbath has a smooth floor with dimples for extra grip. The flat bottom reduces the nervousness of the animal as she doesn’t step on a hard groove particularly when she is lame and increasing her discomfort.  The PAXTON footbaths are available in two sizes.  See in store for further details.

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FOOTBATH SOLUTION

 We are having great success with our footbath solution in particular with cases of digital dermatitis.  Obviously as we move to grass this will again be a major issue.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if this is relevant to your herd.

 

WORMS, FLUKE & LICE

 As many cows have been housed for more than 5 weeks, all fluke will be at adult stage and easier to control before cows go to grass.  Tramazole has a short milk withdrawal of just 60 hours and also covers worms.  We now have a 1LT pack of Tramazole free with every 5LT pack purchased.

Dectospot has no milk withdrawal and covers all biting and sucking lice which may become a problem during housing.

 

ACIDKLENE is now available at The Farm Store.  This is a non-chlorine cleaner which is now being requested by all milk producers due to TCMs being recorded in the milk.

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WHICH MILK REPLACER SHOULD I USE?

 Many farmers are back feeding milk replacer for the first time since the introduction of milk quotas.  There is a lot of confusion between brands, protein, oil content, fibre, skim and whey.  Higher protein leads to higher growth rates which are ideal for the replacement heifers.  These milk replacers tend to have lower oil content to encourage concentration intake while the calf is still on milk.  Lower protein powder is more suitable for beef animals and tends to have higher oil content and therefore more energy.

 

In a healthy situation there is no growth advantage between skim and whey, however when a calf’s immunity is challenged skim powder has the advantage because it forms a clot in the abomasum and breaks down over a longer period reducing the incidence of scour.

 

Whet breaks down much faster so where there is a veterinary challenge on farm such as crypto for example, skim based powder should be used.

 

ONCE OR TWICE A DAY?

Animal Health Ireland do not recommend any calf under the age of 4 weeks being fed once a day.  From that point on almost any milk powder can be fed once a day.  What is required when changing from once to twice a day is to increase the concentration of powder to 20% giving 600gm of powder with 2.4lt of milk.  We would recommend a skim based powder for once a day feeding.

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Fibre % indicates the level of vegetable protein in the powder.  Virtually all milk replacers contain veg protein which contributes to amino acid development such as lysine and muscle definition. Soya protein has a high % of fibre compared to hydrolysed wheat gluten which has almost zero fibre concentration.

Milk powders that contain NUSTART have high levels of PROBIOTICS.  This is where good bacteria are introduced into the abomasum with the milk.  NUSTART also contains probiotics which feed the gut flora while adding antiviral properties and essential oils.

 

CALFHAGE will be familiar to most at this stage and is an excellent rumen developer for calves.Calfhage should be introduced as soon as 4 days old and fresh water should be available.  Calf muesli and calf nuts also in stock

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SEED BARLEY

PLANET is the highest yielding barley on the 2017 department list at 105, however it rates poorly for straw which should be addressed during the growing season.  Seed for this variety is limited so book early.

 

Orders for all other varieties of barley, wheat and oats noe being taken

Calf Rearing Tips for healthy calves

CALF REARING TIPS:

Disinfection of calf housing is essential. (we recommend OMNICIDE)  Ensure all feeding equipment is clean and hygienic. CALFHAGE can be offered from day 3.  Regular feeding intervals for milk replacer and consistent mixing method and concentration are essential to reduce stomach upsets.  Fresh clean water should be available at all times.

 

BEDDING CALVES:

Deep dry bedding is essential for calf comfort and hygiene.  Straw is scarce but FIBRE BED is widely available in Bulk or in bags.  FIBRE BED is coarser than PEAT BED and has excellent absorption capacity and keeps calves spotlessly clean.  SAWDUST is also available in 30kg bags.

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MILKREPLACER

We stock milk replacer from VOLAC, INTERCHEM, PROVIMI and TROUW.

The PROVIMI range has a milk replacer to suit all animal types with protein ranging from 20% to 26%.  Highly palatable and easy to mix and will suit bucket or machine rearing.

Contains PROVIOX 50 which contains natural antioxidants to boost immunity.

All PROVIMI milk replacers also contain NUSTART which is a gut conditioner containing prebiotics, probiotics and natural antioxidants to accelerate gut development, reduce digestive upsets, increase solid feed intake and promote extra growth.   provimi-pic                               calfhage

OMNICIDE:

A Very powerful disinfectant with a very wide spectrum kill including Coccidiosis,

Cryptosporidium, Ringworm and Tuberculosis.

OMNICIDE is not adversely affected by hard water; it is not corrosive used at the dilution rates recommended and is biodegradable.

 

DOSING

Calving is an excellent time to dose cows for fluke & Worms that haven’t received any treatment to date.   TRAMAZOLE controls all adult fluke and all stages of stomach worms, lung worms and tapeworms

There is only a 60 hour milk withdrawal.

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WISHING ALL OUR CUSTOMERS A HAPPY AND PROPEROUS 2017

November Newsletter

SPRAYER TESTING:

Contact Sean o Flynn direct to book your sprayer test to ensure you are cross compliant on

087-1272334.   Thankfully most sprayers are passing with a little bit of work needed for some. Tests will take up to 1.5hours and is done in the farmer’s yard.

 

PEAT BED:

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Delivered in bulk or in mini-bulk bags

Huge absorption capacity up to 10 times its weight which compares very favourably to sawdust which is down around 2 to 3.

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Also contains 15% hydrated lime to enhance disinfection. Excellent compost when discarded to the slurry tank.

Also available is fibre peat bed which is suitable for cattle bedding where straw maybe scarce. Spread on the floor has excellent absorption capacity keeping cattle very clean.it can be shaken up after a month and tends to dry out again.

 

DOSING:

With such a wet summer fluke is going to be prevalent in cattle. ENDOFLUKE covers all stages of fluke including eggs and is licenced for use in dairy cows.

We have a special bonus pack which gives a 1lt free with every 5lt which will treat 90 cows competitively.

ENDOFLUKE 10%
ALL STAGES OF FLUKE IN SHEEP AND BEEF CATTLE

 

ALBENCARE contains 15% albendazole which will control worms, adult fluke and fluke eggs,

Tends to be used at drying off in cows and again pre calving as it has a very short milk withdrawal of just 60 hours.

Albencare also comes with a free hook drenching gun worth €70.

 

CHAINSAWS

we are now stocking oleo-mac chainsaws along with all other accessories and clothing, see  in store for details.

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ALKAFEEDS:

These coarse rations are formulated using alkagrain 150 which enables high levels of cereal to be used removing the risk of acidosis with high inclusion rates.

Typical beef 16% contains 60%maize,barley and wheat and 40% distillers, soya hulls and soya bean meal (no fillers like palm kernel  sunflower or rapeseed meal)

 

MINERALS

Full range of minerals in stock

Also special offer on pre-calver buckets and calf/beef buckets

Buy 6 get 1 free

Find out how Peat Bed really is the best for bedding animals!

Available now at The Farm Store

Peat Bed for cubicles for dairy stock

Fiber Bed for dry stock, calves, horses and sheep

 

Peat bed for poultry.

Contact us at 0238841911 or email stores@thefarmstore.ie

Check out our website https://www.thefarmstore.ie/

Peat Bed, The New Animal Bedding!

PeatBed is a new and innovative cattle bedding material that has been specially formulated for use on dairy farms, particularly on cubicles, but can also be used for calf bedding and loose housing for any type of animal.

PeatBed is made from super dry, super fine peat that is blended with a liming agent.

The peat is harvested from bogs using specially designed machinery. The peat is then brought to our factory where it is screened to obtain the optimum particle size (0-3mm) and then mixed with a liming agent.

PeatBed can be delivered in bulk or  in semi bulk bags and can be delivered nationwide.

Contact The Farmstore for more info on 023 8841911 or email stores@thefarmstore.ie

Also find out about Fiber bed for use in poultry, horses and cattle bedding.

Why PeatBed?Large Bags

Keep the animal dry

Of all of the available bedding materials, peat has the highest absorbency factor with the ability to absorb up to 10 times its own weight. The Super Fine particle size of Peat Bed allows for maximum coverage in a cubicle shed thereby keeping the cows dry and comfortable.

 

Keep the animal clean

Because of its high absorbency, the cows will therefore be cleaner, and this greatly reduces the bacterial count and potential for mastitis.

Maintain a healthy environment

The special formulation of Peat Bed, with a pH above 8, keeps the harmful bacteria count as low as possible. The highly absorbent peat keeps the animal dry and therefore cleaner.

Creature comfort

Cattle spend more than half their lives lying down. A dairy cow lies down and rises around 16 times every day, which means between 5 000 to 7 000 times in a year! The cushioning effect of Peat Bed helps to increase the level of comfort whilst reducing animal injuries and abrasions.

Cost effective

The peat is harvested during the summer months and stored under cover until required. Peat Bed is then manufactured on a large scale using its own dedicated screening, mixing and production line. Producing large volumes is key to reducing the cost per unit. . This makes Peat Bed the most cost effective material.

Safe to use

Peat is a natural product with no toxins or contaminants. There is no risk of any foreign objects getting into the product, which may be harmful to animals. From a farmer’s point of view, the product is very clean, dry and easy to handle and very easy to work with when spreading on cubicles.

Easy to spread on land

Due to its very fine particle size, the peat remains suspended in the slurry when in a tank, therefore it is easy to extract from the tank and to spread on the land. With its high pH and soil conditioning characteristics, the use of Peat Bed adds value to the slurry for spreading on land.

Easily stored

Peat Bed comes in different bag sizes ( 1.0m3 bag, 2.0m3 bag) or in bulk truck loads. These bags are easily stackable on pallets. The product will last for months in storage without any deterioration in quality.

Bulk Deliveries

September Newsletter

MAIZE DISTILLERS WET GRAINS:

Supply of wet distillers is already getting tight for this winter, we can however take prebooking’s for deliveries later in the season. Wet distillers is easy to store in or outside, high in protein, oil and relatively high in DM at 35%. Contact us for more details.

 

HOME AND DRY:

Grain harvest is well under way and with an unfortunately low grain price and little or no sign of a drop in compound feed prices many farmers are availing of treating grain direct from the combine.

Grain fill in spring barley has been very satisfactory so starch levels will be very high complemented with the 4.5% protein lift from adding 30kg of HOME & DRY.

Farmers can expect an excellent stable, high starch, increased protein Alkaline feed with a 12 month shelf life.

 

WINTER BARLEY:

Growers interested in getting wheat or barley seed dressed with REDIGO DETER should let us know ASAP.

This treatment helps control all aphid vectors of BYDV, slug grain-hollowing damage and wireworm.

Only new 2 row variety added to the provisional recommended list is INFINITY

This received 102 for yield in trials with good all-round disease resistance good bushel and straw strength

 

 SPRAYER TESTING:

The deadline for testing your sprayer is fast approaching; the failure rate so far has been low with little being needed to bring sprayers up to speed, contact us for further details and to arrange your test or ring Sean O Flynn directly on 0871272334.

 

SEPTEMBER SPECIAL OFFERS

BUY ANY 6 PRECALVER, CALF TO BEEF OR HI-MAG MINERAL BUCKET AND GET 1 BUCKET FREE!

DOSING

-LEVACIDE  500ML INJECTION WAS €16  NOW €13

– BUY ALBENCARE 5LT WORM DRENCH, GET FREE HOOK GUN WORTH €60

-EPRIZERO 6LT PROMO PACK WAS €420  NOW €375

 FENCING

– SCREW INSULATOR 150PK  €28

-BUY 4 2MT GATE SPRINGS GET 1 FREE

-BUY 50 END INSULATOR GET 25 FREE

-THREE POLYWIRE 3 STRAND €15

 GLOVES

-FIVE PAIRS OF FLEECED LINED GLOVES FOR €6

-FIVE PAIRS OF PVC LINED GLOVES €9

RAT BAIT

Free bait box for blocks or grain with every 10 kg of neoserexa  blocks or grain

 Ideal for Bord Bia inspection.

 

Farmstore August Newsletter

HOME & DRY PELLETS

The harvest is upon us and options for utilising grain direct from the combine are being explored,

Home & Dry is a reliable convenient and economical method of treating grain which has many advantages over other methods which include

  • Harvest window is 2-3 weeks during normal harvest.
  • Grain can be treated from 17-24pc.
  • More than 30kg/t can be added to increase protein content.
  • Grain is mechanically crimped and Home ‘N’ Dry Pellets applied.
  • Grain is covered and sealed using silage polythene covers to prevent ammonia loss, can be fed after 2 weeks
  • It can also be stored outdoors once moisture is excluded.
  • Increases grain protein levels by 4-5pc at recommended rate.
  • Alkaline pH (8-9) provides a buffer to improve rumen function.
  • Less likely to be attacked by birds or vermin due to alkaline nature.
  • Minimal storage loss.
  • Storage period of up to 12 months.
  • Feed rates: dairy up to 6kg, beef can be fed ad-lib.

We have customers with grain to sell ready treated and customers looking for grain supplied so contact us for further details.

NEW FROM THE FARM STORE

Distillers Wet Grain is produced from pressed maize grains and is a by-product of the distilling industry.

It is a highly palatable feed containing 26% protein and 32% DM

Is available in full artic loads delivered

Has a 2 month shelf life when covered.

Contact us for more details.