Lloyd Dawson is a seasoned Sales Director with significant experience in crop protection technical sales. He has established highly effective training programmes for distributor partners worldwide and has helped to position SILOTITE as a leading balewrap brand in Ireland, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and other markets.

During his 21 years in the agricultural sector, Lloyd has gained a wealth of expertise in the application and use of silage films and other related products.  As such he is regularly called upon to speak at open days and farm seminars on current best practice ensiling with a particular focus on silage clamps and baled silage. 

 His broad knowledge of silage crops, overseas markets and the latest machinery developments combined with his personal background in farming enables him to discuss the production of high quality, nutritious silage knowledgeably.

Born and raised in Armagh, Lloyd is a graduate of Greenmount Agriculture College in Antrim where he studied for a National Diploma in Agriculture. Lloyd and his colleagues will be available to meet Agri contractors, farmers and trade customers on the Baletite & Silotite stand (Stand No. 327) at the FTMTA Machinery Show in Punchestown, near Naas, Co. Kildare from February 7th to 9th.

For further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out www.bpiagriculture.com

Editors Notes:

  • Baletite and Silotite are manufactured in Britain and Belgium by RPC bpi agriculture, a market leader in the production of superior silage stretch film products. 
  • For over 30 years RPC bpi agriculture has helped farmers and contractors worldwide produce high-quality silage. 
  • During this time the company has gained a wealth of experience and significant expertise in the manufacture and application of silage stretch films.
  • The company also supplies the high-performance Visqueen silage sheets, including Clingseal, a new generation clamp sheet that sits directly beneath the traditional silage sheet.
  • Visqueen Clingseal is a thin, flexible low permeability film designed to cling to the clamp surface where it prevents pockets of trapped air forming
  • thereby significantly reducing aerobic spoilage on the top and shoulders.
  • Because it provides an effective air seal and creates the right anaerobic conditions, it also facilitates a faster, more efficient fermentation process to deliver enhanced silage quality.
  • The RPC bpi agriculture group employs over 2,000 people, has a turnover of over £700 M and operations in 23 countries.
  • RPC bpi recycled products is a fully audited polythene reprocessor certified with ISO 9001, ISO14001, and OHSAS 18001.
  •  RPC bpi agriculture is Europe’s largest polythene recycler and processes over 120,000 tonnes pa.
  • This covers LDPE and HDPE recycling and can be grouped into industrial, packaging and agricultural waste.
  • Check out https://bpiagriculture.com/sustainability/

IHFA. website


Pictured on a busy Cookstown Dairy Services stand at the RUAS Winter Fair discussing the award-winning Dairymaster range of milking equipment

are L-R , John Martin Holstein Northern Ireland, Sean Reid of Cookstown Dairy Services, Julie Wallace-Holstein NI,

Cathal Gibbons Lakeland Dairies and Charlie Gallagher-IHFA

At this year’s Winter Fair, Cookstown Dairy Services (CDS) were showcasing the latest in dairy equipment and technology.

The equipment & solutions on display included products from all categories including: Milking, Feeding, Cooling, Scrapers and Health & Fertility Monitoring.

This year CDS has seen a range of dairy equipment installed in Northern Ireland operating from their depot in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim and head office in Ardee, Co. Louth.

In particular, Rapid Exit and Rotary Parlours have been very popular.

These parlours milk more cows in less time with less labour. As herds are increasing in size, the need for efficiency in milking has grown even more important.

For farmers who want to go the automation route, Dairymaster’s intelligent technology boosts efficiency by controlling all functions from milking to feeding to drafting

and even seamlessly integrates with its health and fertility monitoring system – the MooMonitor+.

At the RUAS Winter Fair CDS were showing the benefits of these parlours along with a special offer on a cluster exchange –

Allowing a trade in deal of old milking clusters for new Dairymaster lite claw pieces and liners.

The team from Cookstown Dairy Services included Sean and John Reid, Gavin Connaughty, David Smith and Michael Callaghan. 

Dairymaster personnel on the stand included Pat Ryan and Niall O’Hanlon.

Editor’s Note

Cookstown Dairy Services (CDS) specialises in sales, installation, service and support of award-winning Dairymaster dairy farm equipment, milking technology

and herd health systems.

This ranges from milking equipment to health and fertility monitoring and milk cooling solutions.

Their in-depth knowledge of the industry allows their highly trained personnel to provide expertise on sales, planning, drawings, installation and aftercare service 365 days of the year.

CDS use advanced software and electronics to help milk producers farm more efficiently.

According to the CEO, Sean Reid, “the Dairymaster milking equipment we supply is now milking a large percentage of the cows in Northern Ireland.

We offer a 24-hour technical support to our customers and our dedicated installation team that can fit on average a parlour per week.”

CDS prides itself on offering its solutions to dairy farmers of all sizes.

The company also supplies feeding equipment as well as a scraper, aeration, and wash-down systems.

They also provide water boilers/heaters and a wide range of second-hand equipment.

This business was established by Sean Reid in the mid-eighties and according to his son John Reid who is responsible for business development

they are now a market leader in dairy equipment supplies for Northern Ireland servicing customers from their impressive premises in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.

For further info please phone Gavin Connaughty or Paul Thompson at (028) 2764 9284 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or visit the website   www.cookstowndairyservices.com

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This photo was taken in a winter wheat field fertilised with pig slurry. Pictured with Eamon McMeel, Sales Manager, McAree Engineering,

are Áine Comiskey, from Kilnaleck, Pig Farm Manager and Gareth Marry, pig producer and farm owner. The piggery is nicely landscaped with a shelter belt of Birch poplar trees.

The late Jack Marry was a well-known legend in pig farming and operated several very successful farms, producing up to 55,000 pigs a year. 

He was regarded as one of the most successful pig meat producers in Ireland.

This tradition has been carried on by his three sons Gareth, Colin and Jonathan who each manage their own successful pig farms.

Colin who farms at Little Grange near Drogheda is on the Board of The Irish Pig Health Society and is a member of the European Pig Producers committee.

Jonathan, who also farms near Drogheda in Co. Louth, won the Macra na Feirme FDB Young Farmer of the Year competition in 2015

and is active in the Pig Health  Society and the IFA Pig Committee.

Jonathan also runs an extremely successful catering business – The PigSpit & BBQ Company – www.pigspit.ie

Pigspit.ie provides top quality Pig on a Spit for Weddings, Private Functions & Corporate Functions of all sizes around Ireland. 

Pigspit.ie were finalists in the 2019 Weddings Online Awards and have grown considerably over the past three years. 

You can check their menus out at: https://www.pigspit.ie/sample-menus/

Gareth, the oldest son, focuses his energies on his Kentstown pig farm which is based near Balrath in Co. Meath. 

He manages a modern and highly efficient 520 sow, birth to bacon unit along with his team; Áine Comiskey, Mark Armstrong & Philip Dunne.

Aine hails from Kilnaleck in Co. Cavan and is a qualified Farm Manager and did her studies at the Teagasc Agricultural College in Ballyhaise.

Established in 1984, the sows are loose-housed and the piggery is a well-run operation, as 27 pigs are sold per sow, per annum with an average sell weight of 115kgs.

There are approx. 300 pigs weaned per week and when they are moved to the first stage, they are fed on A-One feed, based in Tyrone.

Gareth uses genetics from PIC Ireland in Fermoy for his dam line genetics and Hermitage AI based in Tipperary for his terminal genetics.

Sows on the Marry farm are serviced 100% AI and mainly on a wet feed computerised system and are accommodated in naturally ventilated houses.

The farm is situated in a predominantly tillage area, which results in a strong local demand from beef and tillage farms for the slurry. 

This means that Gareth does not have to use a slurry tanker on the farm. However, they have four to five months of slurry storage

and a capacity for 1.5 M gallons of slurry between their underground tanks and in their Premistore overground tank.

Gareth’s constant focus is to improve the existing farm and as such, with a keen focus on the costs of feed, he made the decision in 2017 to make a significant financial investment and construct an on-site home feed mill. 

He believes that home mixing of feed reduces costs and improves the quality of the pig diets and gives him more control over the ingredients being used. 

The mill commenced production in June 2018.  It includes the Big Dutchman system which was installed by I.D.S. in Portlaoise.

Gareth contracted McAree Engineering to install five 50 tonne V-Mac silos and this work was carried out in January 2018. 

This allows the storage of the pig feed ingredients to facilitate the manufacture of 3,700 tonnes of pig feed per annum.

The Marry family have a long-established relationship with McAree Engineering spanning 40 years and have purchased in excess of 30 V-Mac feed silos throughout this time.

According to Gareth “visitors to the farm comment on the quality of the build and the strength of the steel in the McAree animal feed silos”.

Gareth says that “we believe McAree make the best bins that last longer, give a very good service and can customise the bins as required.

Also, they can fit different ladders, safety rails etc.  When the need arises for feed bins in the future, I will be returning to McAree Engineering.”

Gareth believes this recent investment in bulk storage positions Marry Pig Farms Ltd. well for future growth,

providing them with increased flexibility and capacity to add value to the pig enterprise.

For more information please contact McAree Engineering, Ballinode, Co. Monaghan. Tel:  + 353 (0)47 79000 or Peter Richardson, Sales & Marketing Manager.

Tel:   (+ 353 (0) 87 258 4584) or Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.