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!

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.