Peace in the Parlour Please Philip
Thursday, 03 September 2015 13:28
PHILIP Hoynes, a steel fabricator by trade, is now building a better future by taking forward the family dairy farm at Ballybrehee, Glenmore in Co Kilkenny.
“We have been in milk here for at least three generations so even when the general economy was booming helping with the cows, after hours, was part of my daily routine,” explained Philip.
 “A year away working around Australia only confirmed that coming home to farm full time was what I really wanted to do. Towards the close of 2014 we went ahead with plans for a new 20 point Pearson parlour, collection yard and additional cow accommodation.”
Philip Hoynes, centre, with his sister Emma and younger brother Simon on the family farm near Glenmore, Co Kilkenny. Photo: Donal O' Leary.
 A dairy unit that impresses with its attention to detail and practical design based on a sequential bailing system with cows at 90 degrees in 2ft 3” spaces for ease of control.  
 Complete with variable speed milk pump, variable speed vacuum pump and auto wash system the parlour was build by Philip to a very high standard.
Though he points out that this was very much a team effort, with great support coming from his parents Gerard and Julie, plus the part time help of student younger brother Simon as well as his sister Emma, when time allows.
 Since coming back from Australia three years ago to farm full time and develop the new dairy unit Philip has gradually expanded the Holstein Friesian herd as milk quotas passed into history.
  Putting these growing numbers through the new parlour has been made simpler by also installing PipeFeeder in parlour feeders from Dutch company Hanskamp. 
The parlour that Philip Hoynes built to take the family dairy enterprise forward features a sequential bailing system with cows at 90 degrees in 2ft 3
 Specialising in ‘Innovation for dairy farming’ the Hanskamp design engineers have provided a practical and cost effective solution to a common problem in the parlour. That of cows finishing their feed, before they have finished milking and slowing milk release as they become unsettled seeking more concentrates.
 Instead the PipeFeeder keeps cows content, the milk flowing and noise levels down by ensuring small amounts of concentrate are dropped in front of the cow until the clusters are ready to come off.
 Milk from grass is the basis of Philip’s herd management with only 500kg of concentrates fed per cow per lactation. Thus the Hanskamp PipeFeeder ensures no meal is wasted as only the allocated amount for each milker is fed in small amounts right throughout milking.
 The PipeFeeder is made of robust stainless steel with concentrates contained in the steel pipe. The ingenious dosing system built into the bottom minimising the noise of pellets falling on metal.
   Manufactured to suit all major makes of parlour and with motor housing on offer in black, red, blue or green the Hanskamp PipeFeeder is proving very popular with progressive farmers.
 However, for Philip Hoynes the PipeFeeder had one extra key attraction when the parlour was being built. “It is extremely flexible as regards suiting parlours of varying heights and width as well as being easy to install.”
 One of the very first in the Republic of Ireland to opt for the Hanskamp PipeFeeder Philip sees it as a good investment when it comes to containing feed costs, saving time in the parlour and keeping cows quietly content.
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The full range of Hanskamp equipment will be displayed at the 2015 Irish National Ploughing Championships, Ratheniska, Co Laois, Sept 22-24
Report: Rodney Magowan