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

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SUMMER TEAT DIP:

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

BARLEY:

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

 

BORD BIA

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

GRASS SEED

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?

 

ALKAFIBRE

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.

 

EPRECIS INJECTION FOR DAIRY COWS

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!

Benefits

  • 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