THE FARM STORE NEWSLETTER

RED START/KALE/RAPE

Livestock should be introduced slowly to brassica crops. Initially 1–2 hours access should be given and built up to full time access over 7–10 days.  To avoid digestive disorders, animals should not be introduced to fresh brassicas when hungry as they could gorge themselves.
Roughage in the form of a grass, hay or straw should be freely available to animals being transitioned onto brassica diets.  When fully adjusted brassica should make up no more than 70% of the diet, with 30% coming from a good fibre source such as silage, hay or straw.

It is important to be aware that brassicas have a poor mineral profile and are found to be deficient for selenium, iodine, copper and cobalt, so it is essential that animals are supplemented with such, generally in the form of a bolus.

Typically out–wintered animals have a daily DM intake requirement of 3% of liveweight; for example a 300 kg animal will require 9 kg DM per day, however, only 70% of this can be made up of brassicas, leaving the brassica requirement at 6.3 kg DM per day, with the outstanding 2.7 kg DM being made up of silage, hay or straw.
A crop of late sown Redstart with an average yields of 4,800 kg DM/ha will last a group of 30 X 300 kg weanlings for 25 days.

REDSTART RAPE/KALE HYBRID FOR CATTLE

PEATBED

This product needs no introduction but with straw scarce this year,  the FIBREBED might be of interest to some for loose house bedding.

1m³ of peat will cover 5m² with 8 inches of peat.  This will last a heavily stocked shed for 6/7 weeks (lesser stocked will last up until 10 weeks). Peat keeps the cattle very clean and comfortable.

We are currently delivering 100m³ loads and these can be divided into 3 parts if anyone needs a part load.  Contact us for more details.

HERBADRY

We appreciate the turnout at our open meetingsHERBADRY, DRY COWS

and all the enquiries since.  Just a few points

to recap at drying off. Milk cow out completely

and drench 250ml of HERBADRY as soon as possible

(within 2 hours).  One drench is sufficient even in

high yielding cows.  It might just take an extra day.

Remove cow from milking herd and introduce

drying off diet.  Results visible within 24/48 hours.

For more details contact us.

HERBAMAS

Drench cows 250ml with HERBAMAS when flakes are SCC, MASTITIS, HERBA MAS

visible in the milk or when SCC is rising.

Best results are seen when applied with HERBADRY

at drying off in high SCC cows and obviously

one drenching will reduce the work load.

 

WINTER CEREALS

Winter barley again proved to be the most rewarding crop in harvest 2018 with straw and grain yields leaving the biggest return.

Further up country however the yields and quality of seed production was poor leaving a shortage of available seed for this autumn. Contact us for more details.

CEREALS , GRAIN, HARVEST

 

FARMSTORE NEWSLETTER

HEXAKLENE R

This summer teat dip contains DEAT, which is the only fly repellent registered in the European Union to repel fliesNuisance flies are antagonistic to cows as well as increasing the risk of mastitis.

HEXAKLENE R also contains a high level of chlorohexidine which is an excellentbiocide, and lanolin to aid in keeping teats soft.                    Teat spray with fly repellent

 

 

 

FORAGE OPTIONS

We won’t mention the war but fodder is undoubtedly going to be scarce on farm this coming winter. So what options have farmers left at this stage?

 Red Start Hybrid Brassica            

Redstart has the potential to yield 6tDM/ha when sown in early August. This can be grazed in situ or baled and fed out.  Suitable for feeding dry cows, replacement heifers, weanlings and store cattle. Ideal for a field intended for reseeding next year or following cereals.

Hybrid Ryegrass                              

This won’t give the same short term yield potential as Redstart but will give the potential for extra grazing in the spring followed by a cut in the autumn.  Hybrids are being cut up to five times per season and once your soil index is sufficient excellent yields are being achieved. This is Ideal for paddocks away from the farm and where zero grazing is being practiced.

Forage Rape

Can even be sat into September and again gives a high leaf yield with the potential to yield 5t DM/ha.  It can be grazed or baled.  Very easy to establish and again suitable for fields destined for reseeding.

REDSTART RAPE/KALE HYBRID FOR CATTLE

 

ALKA STRAW

This is where Home & DRY pellets are added to straw which is pitted after being chopped by a forage harvester. The ammonia breaks down the lignin in the straw increasing the ability of the animal to digest it. Also the protein of the straw is increased therefore improving what is already a beneficial feed.

 

ALKAGRAIN

We are sourcing wheat and barley for farmers for home treating again this season so let us know in advance if this is an option for your farm.

Alka Grain, Alka Feed, Home and dry,

 

ALKAFEED

We are selling a range of rations containing Home & Dry treated grain.  The entire diet is alkalised and contains 70% cereal including maize meal.  It is very safe to feed at high levels particularly where forage is tight.  Higher cereal inclusion increases the energy utilised by the cow increasing yield, fat and protein.

 

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR MORE INFO

Home n’ Dry

ONTRAK GPS

ONTRAK is an affordable GPS for your tractor which is compatible with your iPad or iPhone.

With newer fertiliser spreaders and sprayers, spreading width has increased significantly and is virtually impossible to spread accurately.  The ONTRAK device sits on the tractor bonnet and has a light display from left to right.  Once you deviate from the centre line the lights flash directing you back in to line.  Fool proof to set up and can be moved from one tractor to the next as it is attached magnetically.

ontrak tractor gps
ontrak tractor gps

ontrak tractor gps

ontrak tractor gps

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