Monday, 21 May 2012 14:13
Lame cows cannot perform to their full potential hence the increasing use of Bovi-Bond Block Adhesive, pictured, to help claw back profits lost due to lameness.
 Long popular with dairy farmers in the USA and Netherlands this 30 second block adhesive is equally ideal for use in this country.
Bovi-Bond in use
Bovi-Bond is a state of the art, fast setting adhesive used to glue blocks on bovine claws, a task that can be tackled by a vet, hoof care contractor or farmer.
 Simply clean the cow’s problem foot, then trim, rasp and balance her claw in the usual way before thoroughly drying with heat gun or hair drier. Then apply Bovi-Bond to a block, either wooden or polyurethane depending on ground conditions.
 Finally place the block on the claw and hold in place for just 30 secs before allowing the cow to put her weight on the foot after a further two to three minutes elevation.
 With neither fumes nor smells and no mixing required Bovi-Bond is safe and simple to use indoors or out. Available in packs with 2, 10 or 20 blocks from veterinary practices and agricultural merchants Bovi-Bond is distributed by Agrihealth Ltd, Farrell Supplies, BD Supplies and Steve Paul.
 For further details browse

Monday, 21 May 2012 14:02

The Closing Gate
Equipment developed in Holland to boost yields by giving cows peace and quiet at feeding time was launched at Balmoral Show in Belfast, May 16-18.
 Bringing proven Dutch innovations to milk producers newcomer to the show, Hanskamp AgroTech BV certainly had a busy stand during the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s last event on the current site. 
Specialising in electronically controlled in parlour and out of parlour feeding systems Hanskamp AgroTech put three new products on display for the first time in this country.
 An L shaped Closing Gate designed to fit all house types and feeding stations shuts quietly down behind a cow once feed is in the trough. This stops dominant cows bullying shy feeders and heifers at the risk of stress, lost yield and injury.
  Once a cow finishes feeding or in the event of a power failure the robust Hanskamp AgroTech Closing Gate silently lifts up again.
  The Dutch company’s second new product on display is the CrisyDos in parlour feeding system that suits any make of parlour. 
Belfast bound - Klaas Breunissen, sales manager at Hanskamp AgroTech, has selected Balmoral Show to launch the Dutch companyís innovative dairy cow feeding systems to British and Irish farmers.  Looking forward to a first visit to NI, a region like his native Netherlands where dairying is a key element in the rural economy, Klaas will meet local farmers on the Hanskamp AgroTech stand in the Nugent Hall. ìOur company wishes to appoint further agents across the British Isles so I am also keen to talk with those supplying other equipment to milk producers,î Klaas added.
“Unlike traditional in parlour feeders CrisyDos gradually releases concentrates over each cow’s milking time keeping her busy eating thus reducing agitation and noise,” says Klaas Breunissen of Hanskamp AgroTech.
 “Not only have you peace and quiet in the parlour, but CrisyDos continuous feeding systems ensure oxytocin hormone release peaks so that cows milk more easily.”
This Nugent Hall stand also features the PropyDos feeder for the automatic addition of propylene glycol onto concentrates to give a healthier herd at less risk of ketosis.
 The long lasting PropyDos dosing device, already popular in Holland and Germany, is programmed to place liquid propylene glycol ‘like gravy’ on top of compound feed when required by each cow.
 For details browse or contact Klaas Breunissen, ph; 00 31 314 393 797, e mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Klaas Breunissen and family at the Balmoral Show

Monday, 21 May 2012 13:53

Stephan van Leeuwen has been appointed sales manager for Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic by Hollandse Bandenmarkt International BV, suppliers of specialist tyres for farmers and contractors.
Stephan van Leeuwen, left, is congratulated by company founder Leen A van t Hof on becoming Hollandse Bandenmarkt sales manager for Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
Best know for their Bandenmarkt tyres designed to operate in extreme conditions this Dutch company has been successful in these markets for over 40 years. 
An economics graduate, Stephan van Leeuwen is a highly experienced member of the Bandenmarkt team having worked in the tyre industry for 22 years. 
Commenting Stephan noted that, “The popularity of telescopic handlers with farmers is dramatically increasing demand for Bandenmarkt Flotagrip-Radial+ and GSP+ tyres. Thanks to their radial aircraft tyre design they are very resistant to punctures thus giving a massive saving in down time. These radial tyres also make machines much more stable than light cross ply alternatives.”

Unique Dehorner Launched
Monday, 02 April 2012 21:23
A new ‘pistol grip’ dehorner from Express makes this chore simpler, safer and speedier to complete.
The first pistol grip dehorner from long established manufacturer Express is light, compact and designed for easy maintenance by farmers.
Hygienic dehorning takes less than 30 seconds per bud with 17mm and 20mm reversible tips ideal for cattle of varying ages and breeds. Two gas refills, full instructions and a replacement ignition trigger are supplied with the Express pistol grip dehorner. 
 Each gas refill dehorns around 90 calves and a built in Piezo ignition system makes this essential tool simple to operate.

Safe to use in wet weather the robust, cordless dehorner has a safety locking device and no visible flame. Very competitively priced the Express ‘pistol grip’ dehorner is stocked by agricultural merchants nationwide.
 For details contact UK distributor Agrihealth Ltd, Freephone 0800 731 2490

Bekina wins Innovation Award
Monday, 02 April 2012 19:43

STEPLITE X wellington boots launched last winter by Bekina have just won an award at the prestigious ‘2011 Preventica Health and Safety at Work Exhibition’ in Rennes, France.



Each year during this international trade show awards are made by a panel of judges for initiatives that reduce risk of injury at work.


 The Bekina Steplite X award was made in the Personal Protective Equipment category as these boots are designed to improve working conditions for farmers.


 A delighted Brecht Debruyne, UK and ROI sales manager at Bekina, said that this Steplite X show success at Preventica comes after first year sales far exceeded expectations.


 “The boot is designed with comfort and safety to the fore with the entire sole in contact with the ground as the front does not curve up. Equally important the thick sole and heel reduces pressure on the foot when walking over uneven ground, jumping on and off tractors or climbing over gates.


 “Wider fitting Bekina Steplite X wellies feature a shock absorbing zone in the heel and come with free, shock and moisture absorbing, insulated insoles. These award winning wellies also have an enhanced slip resistant profile and resistance to oil, fat and farmyard manures.”


  Brecht adding that the farmers’ favourite PU wellington boot, the Bekina Steplite X, is available with or without steel toecap and steel sole.


 For further details visit website or contact Agrihealth on LoCall 1890 200 the ROI, freephone Agrihealth 0800 731 2490 in the UK.



Bekina, a family owned Belgian firm, has dramatically increased production capacity as demand for Steplite X boots launched last winter on the Irish market has far exceeded expectations.

THE marketing team from wholesaler Agrihealth of Monaghan visiting the Bekina wellington boot factory in Belgium, from left, Martin McKenna, Agrihealth, Brecht Debruyne, Bekina Ireland sales manger, Georges Vanderbeke, managing director Bekina, Sean Guinan, sales director Agrihealth, Noel Conway, Hilda Justin, John Doyle and James Murphy, managing director Agrihealth.

 During their visit to the factory the Agrihealth team developed their product awareness and gained an insight into the technology behind the design, manufacture and despatch of both Steplite X and Thermolite boots.

 Then followed an opportunity at meetings in the university city of Ghent to discuss market development plans for the coming autumn and winter.



FARMERS nationwide are taking the weight off their weary feed by switching to Steplite X wellies from the Xperts in farm boots, Bekina.


 Manufactured from polyurethane, PU, these longer lasting, moderately priced boots are 40% lighter than traditional rubber wellies so at every step a pound less weight is carried!


.  For a farmer walking five miles around stock on a winter’s day this means 20,000 fewer pounds lifted and laid so a lot less effort is expended. Effort saved when every ounce of energy is needed during busy winter weeks calving cows and lambing sheep.


 Not only are PU boots extremely light, but with 20 years experience in using this foot friendly material Bekina design wellies with safety and comfort in mind that last and last.


 Above all, foundering feet become a folk memory when wellington boots from Bekina are worn as PU contains trapped micro-air bubbles to keep the foot warm in winter, cool in summer. 


Indeed Bekina Steplite X wellingtons keep farm feet warm in temperatures as cold as minus 20C.



ROYAL Welsh Show 2011 was another record breaker for farm suppliers Ivor and Sue James, who have had a successful stand at Britain’s largest agricultural event for 15 years.


Opening up for another hectic day at the Royal Welsh, Sue and Ivor James, right, with Herefordshire based Robert Houlbrooke of Agrihealth.

Operating since 1984 from their family farm between Builth Wells and Llandrindrod Wells in Powys as I D & S B James Country Supplies Ltd they attend major farming events across Wales and England.


 “Like our customers we must keep changing to meet market demand, be that up grading the website, which generates most of our orders, or, as happened last year, introducing wellies that keep feet warm down to minus 20C,” Ivor explained.

 “These extra comfortable Bekina Steplite X boots are moulded from 40% lighter Polyurethane, a foamed material containing trapped air bubbles to provide insulation thus keeping farm feet warm in winter, yet cool in summer.” 


 Responding rapidly to rural residents needs is clearly the secret of Ivor and Sue’s success with their own James Sheep Dressing Table now proving very popular.

 Designed by Ivor it takes the back ache out of preparing sheep for shows by raising the securely haltered animal to an ideal height. 

 Built to last the James Sheep Dressing Table retailing at £485 comes with a winch and braking system to reduce the risk of injury to either owner or animal.

 For further details visit or tel; 01982 570200. 




BRITISH VETS, like UK farmers, are switching to the Bekina Steplite X wellington boots launched last year claims Paul Redmond of distributor Agrihealth.

 “Farmers wear wellies for long hours so Bekina Steplite Xs from Belgium quickly became the top selling polyurethane boots in the British Isles.  40% lighter than traditional rubber or PVC boots they last three times longer and are wide fitting for extra comfort. Slip resistant and thermo-insulated these boots are a real comfort zone for farm feet come winter or summer.

British vets are switching to Bekina Steplite X boots from Belgium for extra comfort, wear and convenience reports Paul Redmond at Agrihealth.

 “Vets however have extra reasons for buying Bekina wellingtons. Not only do large animal vets wear boots a lot, but they also take them on and off many times a day.

 “The Steplite X is designed to ensure pulling boots on and off is simpler with the sloping tops making it easier to tuck in trousers. I also find the self cleaning soles a big plus points with vets.”


For details of stockists contact Agrihealth freephone 0800 269 180 or visit website




OUR damp, mild climate means farmers in Wales wear wellies for more days every year than country folk almost anywhere else in Europe.


  Now those tired farm feet are in for a treat with the launch by Bekina of their latest Steplite X wellington boots. Manufactured from comfortable polyurethane these are 40% lighter than rubber or PVC boots.


  Being manufactured using polyurethane also means Bekina Steplite X wellies typically last three times longer than PVC or rubber wellingtons.  Just as important, the light as a feather air-foamed structure of the Steplite X has proven thermo-insulating properties that keep feet warm in winter yet cool when summer arrives!


 With a wider fitting for extra comfort Bekina Steplite X wellies also feature a shock absorbing zone in the heel and are supplied with free shock and moisture absorbing, insulated insoles. These cost effective, new generation wellie boots have an enhanced slip resistant profile and resistance to oil, fat and farmyard manures.


 With the emphasis on comfort and durability the Steplite X design includes a self-cleaning sole profile plus a heel spur to make wellie removal easier. 


  Good news for farmers’ feet the new Bekina Steplite X wellington boot is already available nationwide from agricultural merchants. 




ELECTION time from Cork to Craigavon and politicians island-wide seek the popular boot, the Bekina Steplite X.


 Or so it seems from these photos showing Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin canvassing for the farm vote as the Republic goes to the polls.


250 miles north farmer’s wife and District Councillor Jo-Anne Dobson is equally impressed with that fast selling boot, the Bekina Steplite X. 


  Ulster Unionist Jo-Anne is on the road to becoming an Upper Bann MLA at the May 5 elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly.

 If Michael or Jo-Anne prove as popular with country folk as Bekina wellies then their seats are safe!


 Launched a year past Bekina Steplite X boots are a treat for feet during 18-hour days lambing sheep or canvassing up Armagh lanes and down Cork boreens.


 Manufactured in Flanders from polyurethane Bekina Steplite X wellies are 40% lighter than rubber or PVC boots and typically last three times longer.  


They also feature a shock-absorbing zone in the heel and free insulated insoles.  Bekina agents Agrihealth adding that these keenly priced farm wellingtons have an enhanced slip resistant profile and resistance to manures.


 Ideal for politicians trying not to slip up at the hustings! 


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