November Newsletter


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.




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.


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 can be shaken up after a month and tends to dry out again.



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.



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.



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



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)



Full range of minerals in stock

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

Buy 6 get 1 free

September Newsletter


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.



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.



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



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.

















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

 Ideal for Bord Bia inspection.


Farmstore August Newsletter


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.


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.



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

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


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).


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.

You’ll be Home n’ Dry with Alkagrain

The recent bad weather means that that grass silage is scarce this summer and what is available is very poor quality and also very wet, therefore a wholecrop silage which is dry and has starch and fibre is an excellent replacement – so how do you go about getting this?

At The Farm Store, we have been selling Home n’ Dry for over 12 years now, as well as using it on our own farms. With the particularly wet summer we’ve seen so far, this product offers the ideal solution for drying grain and reaping the benefits. Home n’ Dry, which has just come into season, is used in the production of Alkagrain, Alkalage and Alkastraw, and is the most effective way to utilise home grown crops, is now in season. The protein based system actively increases the value of grain in the diet of animals, without the associated drying costs.

Alka What??

Alkagrain – All grains or cereals are suitable for Alkagrain production, e.g. wheat, barley, oats, triticale, maize and sorghum; as well as on straw or wholecrop to compensate for the poor grass silage we’re seeing.

Alkagrain has unique nutritional characteristics that enhance the whole diet fed to farm livestock; and every 10kgs of Home n’ Dry added to a crop increases its protein content by 1.46%. This addedprotein reduces or eliminates the need to buy protein supplements in the feeding period and with soya heading for €500/tonne this simply can’t be ignored.

The success to date of the Home n’ Dry based preservation system to create Alkagrains lies in the fact that it effectively conserves materials without drying, and without specialist storage systems, so saving on energy and energy costs, resulting in a lower final cost than other methods of grain storage and treatment. It also conserves grains without fermentation hence eliminating fermentation losses that amount to at least 10% of the dry matter in all fermented crops. As well as that, the alkaline pH provides a buffer to improve Rumen function; and it reduces or eliminates attractiveness to vermin.

Alkalage – a process where the entire crop is harvested and milled when the crop is fully mature. Mature Cereal Crops optimize the yield of dry matter, starch and energy.

  • Alkalages are High Energy High Starch forages suitable for feeding to all ruminant animals.
  • Alkalages have an alkaline pH which improves rumen function, feed intakes and animal health.
  • Alkalages have significantly increased protein contents. All cereal based forages are low in protein this conservation process is based on protein sources which enhance the protein content of a crop in a cost effective manner.
  • High Dry Matter levels encourage higher dry matter intakes by livestock so improving performance and health.
  • Alkalages are less attractive to vermin, particularly rats, protecting both the stored crop, animal and staff health.
  • Alkalages are conserved without fermentation. There are NO fermentation losses. This system retains 10 to 20% more of the harvested material in the clamp compared to fermentation based systems.

Alkastraw – we all know the value of adding straw to a diet for enhanced rumen function

Alkastraw – cereal straw chopped by a forage harvester and clamped with Home n’ Dry to create an alkaline (pH8-9) feed.The preservation process breaks down the bonds between the lignin and cell wall components of the forage and treated straw is nutritionally enhanced. In Alkastraw this protein source is ammonium bicarbonate and this alkaline compound enhances the naturally occurring buffers in a ruminant’s saliva. This will make an excellent partner for high starch diets and where grass silage is wet or of poor quality. Having straw at 8% protein as opposed to 3.5 is another clear advantage.

Home n’ Dry is used in a simple four step process used to produce Alkagrain:

  1. Growing

The cereal crop should be grown to its maximum potential with fully mature grain. The whole crop, part of the crop or just the grain can then be harvested using the Home n’ Dry preservation system.

  1.  Harvesting

The crop should be harvested using a conventional combine harvester. Whilst the grain is mature the process does not require dried grain so the crop can be harvested in damp conditions and a little surface moisture will help the crimping and preservation process.

  1. Stage Three – Processing

The grain must be broken using a conventional crimping machine. Crimping should break the grain but not turn it to meal. The Home n’ Dry pellets need to be well mixed with the grain at the required rate using one of two methods – either by adding the pellets into the crimping machine hopper using a calibrated loader bucket; or by loading the pellets into a mixer wagon along with the crimped grain and dry mix.

  1. Stage Four – Storage

Alkagrain should be stored well sealed under a high quality plastic sheet that extends down the store sides (this can be an indoor or an outdoor store). After opening the face should be protected from rain and covered with the sheet whenever possible. Treated grain can be stored whole or processed but grains must be rolled or cracked before being fed, to aid digestion.

Wheat Alkagrain – cracked by a small cereal processor

The finished product is ready to feed from just two weeks of storage and can be fed to milking, dry and suckler cows, as well as calves and rearing cattle, and intensive beef. Alkagrain can also be fed to ewes and intensive lamb, and as creep feeds as high as 60% of the mix for lambs and calves according to feeding objectives. It is highly flexible in use for trough feeding, parlour feeding, out of parlour feeders, as a home mix ingredient, as a hopper feed for beef and lamb finishing and, of course, a TMR ingredient.

20 years of research and development have gone into creating Home n’ Dry, and for our team at The Farm Store this is key – we will only sell products we trust in and are happy to use ourselves. Home n’ Dry is so simple to use, with no mixing required or estimating of weights. There are no delays at rolling and doesn’t stick to rollers so is ideal for today’s busy farmers.

As well as the obvious benefits I’ve outlined above; high grain prices expected at harvest this year will lead to higher compound feed prices from millers, so Alkagrain enables the farmer to buy feed at first cost.

Home n’ Dry is now available from The Farm Store in Bandon and Belgooly; Rhyno Farm Store in Castleisland; and online at

Hugh Sisk is owner and Managing Director of The Farm Store.