Pictured L2R are Thomas Duffy, Macra National President, Andrew Doyle, Minister for Forestry, Zita Blair, President of the YFCU with Victor Chestnutt, UFU Deputy President and Norma Rohan, Embrace Farm.

Photo by Roger Jones

Embrace FARM, the Farm Accident Support Network, had another excellent attendance for their all-island Ecumenical Remembrance Service on Sunday, June 30th in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary in Abbeyleix.

The service is in its 6th year of commemoration for all of the lives lost and affected by farm accident throughout the 32 counties of Ireland. The service was led by local clergy from the Church of Ireland, Canon Harvey and Roman Catholic, Fr. Ahern. Monsignor Kevin O'Neill, also attended as did Fr. Gerard Ahern, Reverend Ruth Gill and Fr Michael Kelly.

They especially remembered this year the passing of Fr. Cummins who presided over the service in 2018 and was tragically killed earlier this year in a freak car accident.

 During the service, the names of 145 farmers known to have died in farm accidents were read out to the large audience which included grieving friends, neighbours and relatives along with representatives from the Agri Media, Agri-Business personnel, Government Departments, Farming Organisations, Politicians and many others.

These included former Ireland and Munster Rugby Player and Ambassador to Embrace FARM John Hayes, Sharon McGuinness, CEO of Health & Safety Authority, Victor Chestnutt Deputy President of the Ulster Farmers Union, newly elected President of the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster, Zita McNaugher and newly elected President of Macra Na Feirme, Thomas Duffy.

Other Agri VIP’s included Andrew Doyle, Minister for Forestry, Charles Flanagan, Minister for Justice  & Equality, Joe Healy, IFA President, Pat McCormack, ICMSA President, Edward Phelan newly elected President of the ICSA, Jude McCann, CEO  of Rural Support in Northern Ireland,  Caroline Farrell, Chair of IFA Family Farm Committee, John McNamara, Teagasc, Health and Safety Specialist, Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector Health & Safety Authority, Charles Gallagher, CEO of the IHFA and of course Brendan Gleeson, Secretary-General Dept. of Agriculture & Food.

Light Refreshments (sponsored) were served in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Sunday Afternoon following the service where everyone was welcome to attend before their journeys home.

Brian & Norma Rohan co-founders of Embrace Farm thanked the clergy, choir, readers and all those who attended the service. They expressed their great appreciation for the work done by the Board of Embrace Farm and all their thanks for all the assistance they received over the last year from volunteers and sponsors. And a special thanks to Roger Jones for his excellent photography work.

Please contact Norma Rohan at Embrace FARM at 085-7709966 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information or to arrange an interview

Editor’s Note

Embrace FARM (Farming Accidents Remembered & Missed) was established by Brian Rohan and his wife Norma in 2014.

Having experienced the tragic loss of his father Liam during 2012 in a farming accident, Brian and Norma decided after some research to organise an ecumenical remembrance service for families who had lost a loved one or suffered serious injury in a farming accident.

The vision of Embrace FARM is to be ‘a caring and supporting Agri-community for all those affected by farming accidents’.

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 Smiling for the Camera at the busy McAree Engineering Stand during the Balmoral show are the Donnelly Family from Armagh pictured are  Lila , Joe and Cassie with Mum Denise and Dad Padhraic and Noel Kiely of McAree Engineering-Photo by  David A Scott

McAree Engineering  Launch 50 Ton V-Mac Silo at Balmoral Show

McAree Engineering launched the latest addition to their award-winning V-Mac silo range with their new 3.3m diameter, 50-ton capacity animal feed silo.

According to Eamon McMeel, V-Mac Silos Technical Sales Manager “we are seeing a growing demand for larger animal feed silos, especially in the poultry and pig sector. 

We see this silo as filling this gap in the market.  

Not only is the capacity a big benefit to customers but the fact that we can erect the silo using our existing handling equipment means that it is a simple,

straightforward delivery without the extra costs of crane hire”

The silo comes complete with a heavy duty galvanised roof, a study galvanised hip ring and is supported on four 150mm x 150mm hot dipped galvanised legs all manufactured

by McAree Engineering’s expert team. The new V-mac 50- ton silo will be available in both single and split formats

In addition, the McAree team will be displaying a silo which meets the challenge of storing the new, complex feeds which some customers have experienced a poor product flow out of traditional silos. 

A large capacity, anti-separation chamber on the roof ensures the consistency of feed as it is blown into the silo while a 70 degree angled cone promotes the best flow possible.

Eamon adds “it’s a real challenge storing these type of feeds and getting the feed into feed systems without the feed separating and bridging in the silo,

these additional design options we have available will make a real difference to the storage of these feeds”

To celebrate the launch of these new enhancements, V-Mac silos had a free draw for a valuable V-Mac Feed barrow

open to everyone who comes along to their stand no. C61 and filled out an entry form.

Editors Note

McAree Engineering Ltd was founded in 1947 by Vincent McAree to repair and manufacture agricultural implements.

The link with rural history is still retained as the Monaghan Veteran and Vintage Club is based at the McAree premises.

His son, Brendan McAree is the current Managing Director and three of his children are working closely with him in the business:

Vincent, a qualified engineer is the Operations Director; Claire, an accountant is the Financial Controller and John is the Factory Manager. Nuala, Brendan’s wife is the company secretary.

Based at two sites in Ballinode and Carrickroe in North Monaghan, McAree have been making the V-Mac range of bulk storage silos for over 30 years. 

However, the family business has expanded and diversified over the years.

Last year they announced a €5M expansion and the creation of 30 jobs over the next two years. 

This major investment in a purpose-built 3,700m2 (40,000 square feet) factory unit with 8,000 m2 yard space,

adjacent to their current facility has doubled its capacity to manufacture their V-Mac range of bulk storage silos. 

This facility has been operational since October 2018.

McAree now has one of the most modern manufacturing facilities in Europe and the emphasis is on product quality and customer service.

The business employs 120 people and their focus is on the design and manufacture of sheet metal fabrication solutions for the industrial and agricultural sectors.

They offer a  full outsource sheet metal service from design through to laser cutting, folding,  fabrication, dry powder paint coating and assembly.

McAree have updated their web presence with the introduction of www.vmacsilos.ie 

focusing on our silo range and www.mcaree-eng.com   focusing on their sheet metal fabrication facilities.

For more information please contact McAree Engineering, Ballinode, Co. Monaghan. Tel:  + 353 (0)47 79000

or Peter Richardson, Sales & Marketing Manager. Tel:   (+ 353 (0) 872584584) or Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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At Balmoral show Harper Adams University students Emily Moore from Bangor, Co. Down and Henry Grimwade from Oxford. England are pictured discussing Dairymaster hi-tech milking systems with John Reid and Paddy Drumgoole of Cookstown Dairy Services: photo by  David A Scott

Cookstown Dairy Services Major Stand at Balmoral Show

At Balmoral Show, Cookstown Dairy Services (CDS) were showcasing the latest in dairy equipment and milking technology.

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

This year CDS has seen an increasing range of dairy equipment installed on large dairy herds in Northern Ireland.  

Cookstown Dairy Services (CDS) operate from their modern depot in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim and head office in Ardee, Co. Louth. 

In particular, Rapid Exit and Rotary Parlours have been very popular with milk producers as these parlours milk more cows in less time using 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+.

The MooMonitor+ is a health and fertility monitoring system which detects cows in heat and monitors the resting, feeding, rumination,

head position and restlessness of each animal 24x7.

This is the first system validated in both indoor and outdoor scenarios respectively by two independent research centres for both rumination and feeding.

Both prove the precision of the Dairymaster MooMonitor+ system.

The recent research was undertaken on an indoor herd at Kentucky State University and published in the Journal of Dairy Science.

The other study took place on a grazing herd at Teagasc, Moorepark and was published in Animal - A major new International Journal of Animal Bioscience.

MooMonitor has already been proven to be the most accurate heat detection system in the world based on trials carried out by Kansas State University that were published in the Journal of Dairy Science.

At Balmoral Show, CDS were showing the benefits of these Rapid exits and Rotary 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.

There was also a valuable prize draw for a drum of ClusterCleanse liquid every day.

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

Dairymaster personnel included Pat Ryan and Andy Buckley.

Among the new hi-tech milking parlours recently installed by the CDS team was a 50 point Dairymaster Rotary for Gareth Culbertson who farms near Moira in Co. Down.

The Culbertson family are milking 350 Holstein cows in this rotary and this takes one operator about 80 minutes.

Gareth is delighted with the ease of milking and the time saved milking.

You can see the cows on the Gartross farm cows being milked in this hi-tech parlour on  a Youtube video at  http://bit.ly/306zmtC

Since last February this popular video has nearly 10,000 views to date.

The CDS team also installed a 36 point Rapid Exit Dairymaster parlour for the Killen brothers (Jonathan, Christopher, Robert, Philip, Adam and Gordon)

who farm in partnership with their father Derek near Newbuidings, in Co. Londonderry.

They supply Lakeland Dairies and milk is stored in an energy efficient Dairymaster SwiftCool Milk Tank.

The SwiftCool App monitors the cooling system on the farm and provides real-time updates to a mobile phone.

Thanks to the fast-exit parlour, the Killen brothers have cut milking time for their 360 cows from five hours to just 90 minutes.

Their new parlour allows thirty-six cows to exit the parlour in less than a minute as the bailing rises overhead to allow the cows free exit.

Over 1,000 visitors came to the Killen Bros farm open day recently to see the new 36 unit Dairymaster Swiftflo Swing Fast Exit milking parlour

while over 45,000people have viewed the video on Youtube at http://bit.ly/2PQbZzL

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.

They 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 in 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