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.



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.


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.


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 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.




New dry cow therapy

Drying off cows has never been an easy job.  It is both time consuming and labour intensive.  Milk withdrawal and risking the odd kick is all part of the fun.

In 2017 we trialled a new product manufactured in Belgium on a number of Irish farms called HERBADRY.The product is 100% natural, antibiotic free and is administered in a drench form so no tubes are required.  The results were astounding!HERBADRY, DRY COWS


  • 100% success rate.
  • Udders just shrunk up within 24 hours.
  • No dripping or leaking as can occur with conventional methods.


With Herbadry milk production stopsin a fast and natural way. Oxytocin production is inhibited naturally and the cow doesn’t let down milk.  The absence of milk in the udder means no lactose and therefore a reduction in bacterial growth.  The following spring 2018 we followed these cows to assess the new lactation and again we found no residue, no mastitis and no withdrawal period for the milk.  Martin Crowe renowned dairy farmer Doon Co Limerick said:

 “cows dried up very fast and were very comfortable within 24 hrs. An Impressive product”

We are holding information evenings in association with HERBAVITA on the following dates:

Midleton Park hotel, Co Cork                                Monday 27th August 8.30pm.

Kades Kounty, Glenville, Co Cork                         Tuesday 28th August 8.30pm

Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon, Co Cork               Wednesday 29th August 8.30pm

Fern Hill Hotel, Clonakilty, CoCork                      Thursday 30th August 8.30pm

For further details contact the office on 023-8841911 or

Dan Martin 086-1733165

Sean o Flynn 087-1272334 /

Hugh Sisk 086-8200281 /



The importance of the dry period, in relation to mastisis control, is well recognised and, according to Norbrook, new infection rates can be up to 10 times higher during the dry period than during lactation.
Norbrook says of all clinical mastisis occuring in the first 100 days of lactation, 60 per cent can be attributed to intramammary infections acquired during the dry period. For this reason, SureSeal is recommended, by Norbrook, as an internal teat sealant. Open teat canals are a major risk, says Norbrook, as invasive pathogens can enter the teat canal during the dry period. There is often a significant delay in the formation of a complete keratin plug in the streak canal of the teat. SureSeal mimics the action of this naturally-occuring keratin plug at drying off in the teat canal.
SureSeal can also help avoid ascending intramammary infections, Norbrook says. It contains bismuth subnitrate in a parraffin base which, when infused into the quarter at drying off, forms an immediate physical barrier in the distal part of the teat. This prevents bacteria from ascending through the teat canal and causing an infection.
Norbrook says that SureSeal is also insoluble in milk, has no antimicrobial properties, and has no residue or food safety risks attached to it.


Extract Taken from the Irish Farmers Monthly