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





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.



 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.



 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.



 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.




 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.



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.


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




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

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

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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