Vet New AgriSearch Field Officer
Thursday, 03 September 2015 13:35
David Anderson BVMS MRCVS has joined AgriSearch as a Field Officer to work alongside researchers at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and a number of farmer co-researchers on a suckler cow fertility study.
 This project is looking at improving the efficiency of suckler beef systems through novel breeding methods (synchronisation and sexed semen) and the use of high genetic merit sires.  The work is co-funded by DARD, NI under the Research Challenge Fund along with significant contributions from AgriSearch and industry partners Zoetis, Genus and AI Services.
David, who grew up on a suckler cow and beef finishing farm near Ballymoney, Co Antrim, studied veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow from 2008 – 2013. Since graduation he has gained valuable experience in a wide range of animal health issues working as a farm vet in Co Armagh
Commenting on his new post David said “In my new position with AgriSearch I hope to build on the skills I have acquired and am looking forward to all this has to offer.” 
Welcoming David to his challenging new role, AgriSearch chairman James Campbell said that the ‘on-farm’ research pioneered in Northern Ireland has attracted significant interest from several organisations including the European Commission. He added that the involvement of industry partners is an innovative aspect of this project to help bring research into practice on farms.   
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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.
For further information on the Hanskamp PipeFeeder tel.; 00 31 314 393 797, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or browse  
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
Ulster says Farewell to a Good Friend
Thursday, 03 September 2015 10:38
JOHN Fleming, a good friend of breeders in NI, recently retired after 16 successful years at the helm of the British Blue Cattle Society.
 To mark his retirement the NI British Blue Cattle Club made a special presentation to John during a farewell dinner in Carlisle for this progressive and popular breed secretary.
 Born during the last years of the Empire in India where his father was a forester John was for many years a lecturer at Newton Rigg Agricultural College near Penrith, Cumbria.
 Making the presentation on behalf of NI breeders former Society President and chairman Alan Cleland from Downpatrick paid tribute to John’s success in helping make the Blue the nation’s ultimate terminal beef sire.
 Noting that John had brought tremendous drive, energy and good humour to giving breeders the professional support they needed as Blues became the premier breed for dairy and suckler herd owners adding value to their calf crop. That British Blue bred calves, stores and finished cattle now top marts across the country demonstrates that the right beef breed had the right man in charge.
 Always know for his willingness to adopt new technology, often in conjunction with other breed societies, John  is now devoting more time to his own rural interests and love of cars.
 Clearly the NI Club presentation of John silhouetted against the King’s Hall proved apt in bringing back memories of many Balmoral Show successes.
 In closing Alan Cleland also recalled how very successfully John and colleagues meticulously planned the 2011 World Congress of Belgian Blue Breed Societies in Wales and the Welsh Marches  

Will Spring Time be Your Claim Time?
Monday, 03 August 2015 10:46
SPRING arriving means farm work moves up a gear with cows calving, ewes lambing and field work underway to get crops in the ground.
  A season when those with a mind to steal find gates unlocked and machinery left in the field as time is short for those working the land.
  Thus CIP Insurance brokers urge farmers to check their insurance cover for losses due to, for example, theft, road accidents or wandering livestock.
As stock head back out to grass farmers should take stock of their insurance cover needs with a call to CIP Insurance Brokers of Crumlin.

  At their Crumlin, Co Antrim head office CIP Insurance Brokers have a dedicated agricultural team with many years experience in advising farmers province wide..

 CIP are always looking to underwriters for enhanced cover to accommodate changing industry needs and getting new insurers to provide policies for the agricultural community.

Recent additions to the CIP portfolio includes Agricultural Vehicle Contracts ideally suited to NI family farms,  especially as premiums are very competitive and extra cover is included.
Farm Property and Liability covers have also been enhanced with special emphasis on Environmental Protection and protection of farm enterprises from Third Party Liability Claims.

 Smaller farm businesses are not forgotten with special policies now available to suit the many local part-time farmers.
 Scale wise their activities may not compare with a large dairy unit, but are just as vulnerable to unexpected incidents that do not always occur on the Other Man’s Farm!

 Above all CIP Insurance Brokers pride themselves on the back up claims service they deliver.
 Virtually all clients renew year on year and recommend friends and neighbours to get a quote from CIP for farm and family cover against the unexpected we must all expect.
Recently a large farm renewal was completed by CIP with a client who has been with the brokerage since 1977!
 Paul Williamson, CIP Managing Director, commented “Our Commercial Insurance Portfolio has expanded dramatically in the past few years and our farm business percentage has kept pace with the specialist products we offer this segment.”
 To experience the CIP treatment call today on ph;:  (028) 9442 2880 or E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:16
 NEWRY vet Brian Doyle is urging farmers to vaccinate cattle against common killer Clostridial Diseases such as Tetanus or Blackleg.
Ballyholland suckler herd owner Stephen McConville, right, with Brian Doyle, centre, Clanrye Veterinary Clinic and Brendan McVeigh, MSD Animal Health discussing threats to stock after turnout.  ìTetanus can strike after routine procedures such as dehorning and castration, ìwarns Brian. ì Yet Tetanus and other killer Clostridial Diseases can be controlled using Bravoxin 10 vaccine given twice at a four to six week interval.î Photograph: Columba O'Hare
“Finding a real topper of a young bullock dead in the field after turnout due to Tetanus or Blackleg is a financial shock that can be avoided. Tetanus, caused by C. tetani, is most commonly seen after routine tasks such as dehorning and castration,” explained Brian, a partner in Clanrye Veterinary Clinic.
 “Ideally stock should be protected against Tetanus and a range of other Clostridial Diseases by vaccination before turnout, but it is never too late as there is always some benefit from vaccination. Blackleg is also a common problem at this time of year. One of the pre-disposing factors is bruising of muscle, therefore it is most commonly seen in young bulls.  
 “Calves can be vaccinated from 2 weeks of age with a second injection of vaccine 4 to 6 weeks after the first. Although there is some immunity from a single injection full protection only occurs 2 weeks after the second injection.
 “Giving calves that second injection is essential and an annual booster of a single injection is strongly advised.
Practice partner Brian Doyle and receptionist Karen Carlisle at  Clanrye Veterinary Clinic, the progressive Newry City practice serving local farmers and pet owners. Brian, a native of Killowen near Rostrevor, heads the veterinary team in partnership with his brother Kieran at this independent, mixed practice with an outstanding reputation for good service. Playing a key role in administration Karen has been with this growing veterinary clinic on the Belfast Road for 15 years. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
“The broad spectrum vaccine used, Bravoxin 10 from MSD Animal Health,   gives protection against Tetanus and other common Clostridial Diseases. Ones know all too well to generations of farmers such as Blackleg, Clostridial Redwater and Malignant Oedema.
 “Letting your guard down and not protecting stock against Tetanus and this range of Clostridial Diseases can be a very costly mistake. At Clanrye Veterinary Clinic it is a real concern that farmers under pressure in a late spring might be penny wise and pound foolish. 
 “For your own peace of mind and the good health of your herd Bravoxin 10 vaccination is an excellent investment!  Using the vaccine as part of your routine animal health plan is better than having to ring the rendering man!”

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