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!”

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:09
HOW do you make a living from 450 ewes on 70 lowland acres in West Tyrone?
 The key question that drew almost 200 sheep farmers to an AgriSearch farm walk hosted by Isaac Crilly of Lislaird, Castlederg. The answer, Isaac explained, is to maximise your kilos of lamb sold per ewe and above all per acre.
Isaac Crilly takes questions during the AgriSearch farm walk.
 “A U grade lamb returns an extra £2 over a run of the mill R grade, but producing an extra 0.1kg lambs weaned per ewe means another £8 so carcass quality is not our key consideration,” Isaac revealed.
 Closely involved in AFBI on farm research selected for support by producers through AgriSearch Isaac‘s 2013 sales averaged 1.58 lambs per ewe, including ewe lambs. 19kg carcasses averaging £119 a piece to leave a benchmarked gross margin per ha of £548. An impressive £170 per ha more than the NI benchmarked average thanks to high stocking rates.
At the AgriSearch event farmers showed tremendous interest in breeding systems used to produce this impressive profit.  Isaac has Belclare, NZ Suffolk and Meatlinc rams put to composite ewes and is one of five producers involved in an AFBI, Hillsborough rotational breeding investigation.
 Findings from this work on selecting ewe replacements demonstrated the potential of using composite ewes in terms of production efficiency, that is, lamb output per kg ewe.
The benefits of selecting homegrown ewe replacements, as well as terminal sires, on performance records rather than looks alone were clear to see on the bottom line of this impressive farm business.
With limited acreage Isaac and Elizabeth Crilly make no silage so ewes are fed only on grass, straw and concentrate thus showing that silage is not the only option in the winter sheep menu! However, silage quality generated an excellent discussion between visiting farmers, CAFRE advisors and AFBI scientists. 
 To view a booklet produced for the Crilly farm walk browse or ph; (028) 8778 9770.

Isaac Crilly at the AgriSearch farm walk.
Isaac and Elizabeth Crilly run 450 March April lambing ewes on 28.3ha, 70 acres. 
Stocking rate 19 ewes per ha.
2013 output 567kg carcass per ha.
Hosting AFBI on farm research for 15 years
Increasingly sheep research projects have been those selected for support by farmers through AgriSearch. 

Dairy Unit Unique in Europe
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:03
PipeFeeders in the Rapid Exit parlour!

BELGIAN milk producer Rudy Rotsaert was the first farmer in Europe to install PipeFeeder concentrate dosing units in a Rapid Exit milking parlour.
BELGIAN milk producer Rudy Rotsaert, who farms at Klemskerke close to the West Flanders coast, is the first in Europe to install PipeFeeder concentrate dosing units in a Rapid Exit milking parlour. 
 Expanding his business onto a second farm gave Rudy the opportunity to invest in a totally new dairy unit with the emphasis on achieving a more efficient way of milking.
 On the advice of Rommelaere NV, a Belgian dairy equipment company, he opted for a 2 x 16 Rapid Exit milking system. This has a cantilevered, vertically moving steel frame that allows cows to leave the parlour quickly. 

PipeFeeder concentrate dosators
 Like most milk producers Rudy Rotsaert sees many advantages in feeding during milking as cows then like to come into the parlour, which means there is no need for an expensive push-on gate.
 Therefore he searched for a reliable and efficient concentrate feeding system to match the Rapid Exit milking parlour. At Hanskamp AgroTech, an innovative Dutch company, Rudy found the concentrate dosator that lives up to his expectations, the PipeFeeder.
  Thus above every milking place a PipeFeeder made from robust stainless steel has been installed in a rigid frame. Once every cow is in place and the rear gate has closed the cow-recognition system ensures each individual receives the correct amount of concentrate based on her level of production. 
  During milking the cow receives several 80 gram portions of concentrate until the maximum amount allocated is reached. This is important as it ensures the farmer has control over the amount of concentrate fed and that none is wasted.   “The positive effect of concentrate feeding in the parlour was seen immediately, “says Rudy Rotsaert. “In the new dairy unit our cows are keen to come into the milking parlour, they are quiet and they let go of their milk more easily. Thus the milking time is reduced. 
 ‘We certainly made an excellent choice by installing the very efficient PipeFeeder in parlour feeding system”. 
 For further information on the PipeFeeder from Hanskamp AgroTech please contact Robin Franken, tel; 00 31 314 393 797 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 Hanskamp AgroTech will exhibit at the Livestock Event, Birmingham July 2-3, and the Irish National Ploughing Championships, Sept 23-25.
 To obtain details of how the Rapid Exit milking parlour was constructed contact Van Dinther BV tel; 00 31 486 473 068 or via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Press release – Zelhem, 23 April 2014 
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:59
Mayobridge dairy farmers Gary and Mairead O’Hagan clearly enjoyed their luxury weekend in Bruges won in the Bekina Wellington boot company’s 50th anniversary competition carried by FarmWeek.
Welcomed to Bruges, the capital of west Flanders by Iris Temmerman, left, of Bekina the Co Down couple were full of praise for their Belgian hosts.
  “Bekina is a family owned firm producing wellies for working farmers, boots that are a real treat for farm feet and our hosts certainly gave us a real treat, a brilliant weekend break,” Mairead noted.
   One highlight of the weekend was a walking tour of Bruges that included visiting chocolate and sweet shops plus an introduction to some of the 1000 beers produced in Belgium. A medieval city surrounded by canals and whose early prosperity was founded on the wool trade Bruges is also home to fine restaurants, world class art galleries and museums.

Content Cows Milk in Half the Time
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:38
SEIZING the opportunity to replace outdated, noisy in parlour feeders with the latest Dutch dairy technology has saved Andrew Murray time and money.
 The first British milk producer to install PipeFeeder In Parlour Feeders from Hanskamp AgroTech says milking times have been almost halved, compound feed bills controlled and working in the parlour made much more pleasant.
 Andrew Murray almost halved milking time by installing the PipeFeeder in parlour feeding system from Hanskamp AgroTech.
 Andrew runs the family farm at Murray’s Hollows near Rathfriland in Co Down with the support of his father David.  All milk from their 85 strong Murray Vale Pedigree Holstein Herd going to United Dairy Farmers, the largest dairy co-operative in Northern Ireland. 
 “Our old in parlour feeders urgently needed replaced as they wasted costly compounds and our time. Cows were eating all their feed quickly and then making a deafening noise thumping the feeders trying to get more!  Above all, their milk release was delayed so cow traffic through the parlour was moving ever slower.
 “After some discussion with Andrew Dunn of our dairy equipment suppliers Francis Dunn Ltd at Donaghadee we placed an order for PipeFeeder last year.
 “Simple to install and use the Pipe Feeders were lengthened to suit our dairy unit, which has excellent head room. Thus they are almost 8ft long and so only needed refilled once a day.
 “Our experience since switching to Hanskamp AgroTech PipeFeeders has been entirely positive. The design is very practical and build quality is to the usual high standards of Dutch manufacturers.
  “The big difference anyone coming into our parlour at milking time notices is that the cows are quiet and content.
 “Hardly surprising as the computer controlled PipeFeeder in front of each cow offers the allotted amount of feed in small amounts throughout her milking time. Thus cows come forward into the parlour without fuss, stay calm and release milk quickly.”
 David and Andrew have a De Laval 12 point swing over  parlour and with PipeFeeder in use see no need for a kick back bar. Their herd averaged 8200 litres sold per cow over the past year on 1.85t of compound feed.  Farming in an area of outstanding grass growth means sward management has a high priority as has silage quality with some whole crop wheat also going into the silos.
 In parlour feeding has traditionally been popular as it makes cows keen to come in for milking, but the downside included over use of costly concentrates, cows finishing eating too soon and becoming unsettled. 
 To solve these problems Hanskamp AgroTech developed PipeFeeder, an innovative concentrate dosing system offering cows small portions of feed throughout milking. Thus concentrates are not wasted, cows stay calm and rapidly release their milk.
The PipeFeeder is made of robust stainless steel with concentrates contained in the steel pipe. The ingenious dosing system built into the bottom minimizing the noise of pellets falling on metal.
  The motor housing is available in black, red, blue or green though blue was the obvious choice for Everton supporter Andrew, who also played for many years with leading Northern Ireland amateur side Rathfriland.
 For further information on 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  
 Hanskamp AgroTech will exhibit PipeFeeder at the Livestock Event, Birmingham July 2-3, and the Irish National Ploughing Championships, Stradbally, Sept 23-25

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