JULY NEWSLETTER

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,

 

HOME & DRY

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

FOOT BATHING

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

WE NOW HAVE GRADE A  RECLAIMED RAILWAY SLEEPERS BACK IN STOCK!

CHECK OUT OUR RANGE OF SPRAYER PARTS NOW AVAILABLE IN STORE!

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

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.

August 2014 News Letter

DAIRY HYGIENE Milk sampling is the one sure way of identifying causes of increased Somatic cell counts on farm. By identifying the relevant bacteria present enables you to make appropriate decisions in combatting future mastitis problems and enables you to select products suitable to combating the bacteria present. We are offering this service free of charge backed up with on farm trouble shooting from GEA personnel.

HOME & DRY We are seeing a significant increase in the use of Home & Dry for treating grain this season. Farmers looking to cut costs on bought in feed are seeing the advantage of treating grain direct from the combine. Also no other product can reliably convert a 60% starch grain into an alkaline feed while increasing the protein by 4.5%. We are sourcing grain direct from the combine whole or treated delivered to your yard for more details contact us.

GRASS SEED There is both a feast and a famine depending on what part of the country you are farming in. Our Limerick/Tipperary customers have too much grass while our southern customers have little or no grass. Wherever you are farming consider Farm Store Top Five extend grass mixes for your reseeding. Three varieties topping the Irish recommended list are:

ABERCHOICE: highest yielding and highest DM late diploid on the Irish recommended list.
ABERGAIN: highest yielding spring and total growth of the entire recommended list.
TYRELLA: highest spring yielding late diploid on the Irish recommended list.
All Grass seed Mixes come with or without clover. All three varieties are late heading.

CONCRETE FEED BLOCK SMP CONCRETE 246

BACK IN STOCK FOR THE WINTER

Feed blocks and troughs available in store
Also portable cubicle beds. To enquire contact:

The Farm Store Bandon 023-8841911           Email: stores@thefarmstore.ie
Gearoid Maher /  Limerick 087-2576827  or      Darragh Parlon / Tipperary/Offaly 085-784500

WHY HOME & DRY

Why is Home & Dry growing in popularity year on year?

Simple, it does exactly what it says on the tin.
This is the 13th season for the farm Store selling this grain and wholecrop additive and we are still selling it to the same famers we did at the start.
Grain straight from the combine has always been the cheapest source of starch for livestock but with limiting factors.
• Low in protein.
• Moisture content an issue for long term storage and associated drying cost.
• Grain mites can be problematic.
• High acid load for ruminants when fed straight (grain has a PH of 3.5).

barleyfield

So how does Home & Dry Work?

Grain is taken direct from the combine at full maturity (unlike crimp) 16 – 22% moisture.
30kg of Home & Dry are added at the point of rolling and placed in a pile covered down with polythene for 2 weeks.
It isn’t necessary to roll the grain at this point if there is a roller on the farm and can be completed as required.

Results include:
• The 30 kg Home & Dry is converted into Ammonium bicarbonate.
• This raises the protein in the grain by 4.5%.
• PH of the grain increase from 3.5 to 8 making it suitable for higher intakes and less acidosis.
• Kills any moulds eliminates heating.
• Prevents any mites from entering the grain.
• Vermin and birds are not attracted to the grain as a result of the ammonia smell.
• Alkaline PH provides a buffer to improve rumen function.

crimped grain

Cutting wholecrop and adding Home & Dry is also an option particularly where you need a high DM feed.
It is an excellent complement for beet and maize due to its high fibre content, high DM, increased PH and increased protein.
We have also treated straw with Home & Dry which eliminates labour of chopping straw throughout the winter as it is chopped going into pit with forage harvester and again has all the characteristics of grain and wholecrop discussed above.