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JANUARY NEWSLETTER

February 14, 2017

 COSY CALF JACKET

Research shows that valuable energy consumed by a calf can be lost through environmental factors.

When temperatures fall below 15 Deg C, energy will be used by the calves to keep warm leading to cold stress.  New born calves have only 3% body fat which leaves them heavily dependent on nutritional energy sources for heat production.

This means if producers do not offer calves more feed (energy), the feed consumed will be used to keep warm instead of used for growth.  Calves not fed enough in cold conditions will not grow and will most likely start losing weight.  The Cosy Calf Jacket maintains the animals body temperature regardless of fluctuating temperatures.

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FOOTBATH:

 We have been stocking the Paxton footbath for some time and farmer response has been very positive.  Unlike traditional footbaths with grooves and rough corners the PAXTON footbath has a smooth floor with dimples for extra grip. The flat bottom reduces the nervousness of the animal as she doesn’t step on a hard groove particularly when she is lame and increasing her discomfort.  The PAXTON footbaths are available in two sizes.  See in store for further details.

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FOOTBATH SOLUTION

 We are having great success with our footbath solution in particular with cases of digital dermatitis.  Obviously as we move to grass this will again be a major issue.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if this is relevant to your herd.

 

WORMS, FLUKE & LICE

 As many cows have been housed for more than 5 weeks, all fluke will be at adult stage and easier to control before cows go to grass.  Tramazole has a short milk withdrawal of just 60 hours and also covers worms.  We now have a 1LT pack of Tramazole free with every 5LT pack purchased.

Dectospot has no milk withdrawal and covers all biting and sucking lice which may become a problem during housing.

 

ACIDKLENE is now available at The Farm Store.  This is a non-chlorine cleaner which is now being requested by all milk producers due to TCMs being recorded in the milk.

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WHICH MILK REPLACER SHOULD I USE?

 Many farmers are back feeding milk replacer for the first time since the introduction of milk quotas.  There is a lot of confusion between brands, protein, oil content, fibre, skim and whey.  Higher protein leads to higher growth rates which are ideal for the replacement heifers.  These milk replacers tend to have lower oil content to encourage concentration intake while the calf is still on milk.  Lower protein powder is more suitable for beef animals and tends to have higher oil content and therefore more energy.

 

In a healthy situation there is no growth advantage between skim and whey, however when a calf’s immunity is challenged skim powder has the advantage because it forms a clot in the abomasum and breaks down over a longer period reducing the incidence of scour.

 

Whet breaks down much faster so where there is a veterinary challenge on farm such as crypto for example, skim based powder should be used.

 

ONCE OR TWICE A DAY?

Animal Health Ireland do not recommend any calf under the age of 4 weeks being fed once a day.  From that point on almost any milk powder can be fed once a day.  What is required when changing from once to twice a day is to increase the concentration of powder to 20% giving 600gm of powder with 2.4lt of milk.  We would recommend a skim based powder for once a day feeding.

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Fibre % indicates the level of vegetable protein in the powder.  Virtually all milk replacers contain veg protein which contributes to amino acid development such as lysine and muscle definition. Soya protein has a high % of fibre compared to hydrolysed wheat gluten which has almost zero fibre concentration.

Milk powders that contain NUSTART have high levels of PROBIOTICS.  This is where good bacteria are introduced into the abomasum with the milk.  NUSTART also contains probiotics which feed the gut flora while adding antiviral properties and essential oils.

 

CALFHAGE will be familiar to most at this stage and is an excellent rumen developer for calves.Calfhage should be introduced as soon as 4 days old and fresh water should be available.  Calf muesli and calf nuts also in stock

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SEED BARLEY

PLANET is the highest yielding barley on the 2017 department list at 105, however it rates poorly for straw which should be addressed during the growing season.  Seed for this variety is limited so book early.

 

Orders for all other varieties of barley, wheat and oats noe being taken

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PEAT BED:

For anyone who hasn’t tried peat bed at this stage where have you been, it’s rare we see a product to exceed expectations as this product has, excellent absorption, clean stock, no dust, easily spread.

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 GUY COTTON

The world’s most popular fisherman’s rain wear is proving exceptionally popular at the farm store,

Durable, comfortable, breathable also in the range are milking aprons and gowns.

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see website for more https://www.thefarmstore.ie/store/

SPRAYER TESTING:

 Now that the deadline is passed, the Department now state that any sprayer not tested must do so before it is used again.  The test takes approximately 1 hour and is done in your yard.

Contact Sean on 0871272334 to arrange your test today.

WELLIE WARMERS:        

Looking to keep your toes warm this winter then look no further than his or hers neoprene wellie warmers, the ideal stocking filler.

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for more see the website https://www.thefarmstore.ie/?s=wellie

 

DECTOSPOT:

New from BIMEDA this is a single spot treatment for sucking and biting lice and flies.

Zero milk withdrawal and 18 day meat withdrawal.

Available in 500ml ,1Lt and 2.5LT animal pack sizes, very competitively priced see in store for details.

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OMNICIDE FARM DISINFECTANT:

Following the removal from the market of iosan farm disinfectant we are delighted to find a replacement in OMNICIDE. It is packed in 5lt and is registered with the department of agriculture for TB.

 

BARRIER DIP

Barrier dips are proving increasingly popular at this time of year due to the increased bacteria risk indoors

SENSO DIP is applied post milking and seals the teat canal until the next milking eliminating the risk of infection while on cubicles. It also has very high levels of emollients leaving teats supple and in excellent condition.

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WET DISTILLERS

Direct from the Middleton distillery MAIZE DISTILLERS is a high DM, high protein feed suitable for supplementing silage and feed

 

 

 

FARMING 2016

Whatever sector of agriculture you are in the last 12 months have been difficult.

Rain fell from October 2015 until late march 2016.

I never remember a season where we sold maize,grass,wheat,oats,beet  and barley seed all in the same week when conditions eventually came right late in the spring.

Prices across the board were poor and again the weather broke in the autumn making the harvest exceptionally difficult.

Let’s hope 2017 proves to be a better year with indications to that effect in dairy already.

We would like to thank you for your business throughout the year and from all of us In the FARM STORE wish you all a happy Christmas and prosperous new year.

 

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