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McAree Engineering Ltd Launch a new Tip Lid Silo at the National Ploughing ChampionshipsThis new silo offers livestock farmers to the opportunity to store up to 12 ton of home mixed feed in a single animal feed silo.

According to Eamon McMeel, the V-Mac Silo Sales Manager “customers have challenged us to increase the capacity of our four-ton hopper bin.  So our design engineers have done a complete redesign to come up with a solution that is practical and strong enough to accommodate the capacity required.”

The new Tip Lid Silo incorporates a heavy-duty 2.7m wide opening which will accommodate an 8.5 feet bucket.  With a tipping height to 5m to 5.4m (depending on silo capacity), a telescopic loader is required.

The lid is opened with a twin point ratchet and pinion system which ensures that it is opened smoothly without warping or twisting.

  • The Tip Lid Silo incorporates the build quality you would expect from a V-Mac Silo
  • The body is made from MagiZinc making it highly corrosion resistant
  • Additional strength is provided through the use of a hip ring connected to heavy-duty, hot-dipped galvanized, angle iron legs. 
  • Extra stability is provided by heavy bracing.
  • Stainless steel nuts and bolts are used throughout the construction.
  • The Wide opening is built into a heavy-duty, chequer plate roof

Homegrown cereals can be augured out of the silo or emptied into wide buckets or barrows as and when required

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. 

Editor’s Note

V-Mac silos are constructed using Magizinc, a modern steel that provides the extremely high levels of protection against corrosion and with exclusive interlocked forming and is incredibly strong.

McAree Engineering has been helping farmers to protect their feed since the 1960s when Vincent McAree designed and manufactured the very first V-Mac feed silo.

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 from both sides of the border.

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.

The UCD research farm at Lyons Estate and various Teagasc agricultural colleges are among the many farms where the award-winning V-Mac silos can be seen in operation.

Check out their range of market-leading feed silos, tote bins etc.  on YouTube at www.mcaree-eng.com/ or at   https://www.vmacsilos.ie/

Dairymaster will be at stand no. 93 in Block 2 on Row 4 showcasing the latest in dairy equipment and milking technology. For the first time, Dairymaster has introduced artificial intelligence to rotary milking systems and their Mission Control system- shortlisted for an award will be on display at the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena on stand no. 273

The equipment and solutions on display on stand no. 93 will include products from all categories including: Milking, Feeding, Cooling, Scrapers and Herd Health and Fertility Monitoring systems. However, the main focus for Dairymaster at the Ploughing is around milking systems both upgrades and new installations of Rotary parlours, Swing parlours and Fast Exit parlours.

This year has seen an increasing range of dairy equipment installed on Irish dairy herds.  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.


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In Britain, a published DairyCo report has revealed that choosing a rotary parlour as opposed to automatic milking systems (AMS) can save as much as 7.8c/Litre. So, for an Irish dairy farm with a herd of 200 cows -average yield of 6,000L, this can make a difference of €93,600 in gross margin alone.

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

Other new products on display include the CleanSweep Rope Scraper, Swiftflo Pivot Bailing, the energy-saving VSaver system and Chlorine-free detergents.

The CleanSweep Rope Scraper gives the dairy farmer fast and effective cleaning. It is easy to install, has variable running speeds, low running costs and is suitable for slatted or extra-long passages.

The Swiftflo pivot bailing is adjustable to suit all cow types with seamless cow exiting and the option of parallel. It is long life as it has heavy-duty modular construction.  When milking is complete the bailing system lifts clear of the cows ensuring they have the optimum amount of space in order to make a rapid exit.

 The Dairymaster VSaver rapidly optimises pump speed according to air demand for the parlour. As a result, motors use less current during normal operation. Typically there is 50-80% less energy consumption.

The Dairymaster team on the stand available to advise milk producers will include the CEO, Professor Edmond Harty, John Harty, Dr John Daly, Pat Ryan, Niall O’ Hanlon and other dairy and product specialists. For more information, please contact;

Lisa Herlihy, Marketing Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +353 87 9529291

Mary Mulvihill, Marketing Executive, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +353 87 9328832

Editor’s Note

Dairymaster has customers in more than 40 countries, including Britain, Germany, New Zealand Russia, Japan etc. Their range of products has received multiple awards in many markets worldwide. You can check out some of these at https://www.dairymaster.com/awards/ Dairymaster has also filed for over 100 patents to date!

Dairymaster now employs over 300 people at their 11-acre manufacturing facility in Causeway, Co. Kerry and are internationally recognised as a leader in dairy equipment manufacturing. Their global HQ is in Ireland and they also have offices in Britain, the USA, Germany and the Netherlands.

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.

This 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 the International Journal of Animal Bioscience.

Indeed, the MooMonitor system 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.

Dr. Elizabeth Berry

Dr Elizabeth Berry BVSc, PhD, MRCVS, Veterinary Director with Animax (see photo) confirms that

all of their Allsure® boluses contain Selenium Selenite and authorised for use with sheep, lambs, and cattle.

Many farmers are unaware that since July 17, 2019, Selenium Selenite is the only Selenium approved by the EFSA (European Food Standard Agency)

as a feed additive for use in sheep boluses sold in Britain, Ireland and the rest of Europe. So immediately check that the product you are using complies with these EU regulations.

 Grass and forage vary widely in trace element content due to soil type, pH, drainage, plant species and fertiliser use.

Certain root crops are also known to be low in selenium and vitamin E.

Dr Berry says that “Selenium is essential for a wide variety of immune responses in cattle and sheep and a deficiency can impact on overall production.

For example, a selenium deficiency can reduce the effectiveness of white blood cells by altering both their numbers, activity and speed getting to the site of infections.

Clinical signs of selenium deficiency include late abortion, stillbirth, or weak calves or lambs with enlarged thyroids, retained placenta,

low immunity to infection in all ages of cattle and reduced fertility in bulls. It may also cause muscular stiffness, recumbency, difficulty breathing and poor weight gains in younger cattle.

Other symptoms may include early embryonic loss or failure to implant after mating.

Or a newly calved cow may have retained cleansings or an increased susceptibility to mastitis, both of which can result in delayed oestrous after calving.

Speaking at a recent technical briefing for animal health distributors Dr Berry pointed out that access to minerals at grass can be very variable,

while water supplementation can make the water unpalatable. If adding trace elements to a ration you always run the risk of variable intakes. Drenches can be applied but need to be repeated frequently.

According to Dr Berry “One of the most effective and convenient way is to give all animals a slow-release bolus.

The bolus will ensure that each animal gets the required levels to offset any deficiencies in a grazing system.

Ensuring trace element requirements are met at this critical time of year will not only prepare ewes and lambs for a fertile breeding season

but will also help to reduce the chance of unknown issues arising, and the associated stress.

Rory Dicker, Commercial Manager pointed out that the Allsure® sheep range of intra-ruminal, leaching boluses use unique

and proven leaching technology to provide slow release supplementation of the four essential trace elements (Cobalt, Copper oxide, Iodine and Selenium)

at known and optimum levels for up to 6 months.

Flor Ryan, the Animax sheep specialist says that the Allsure® sheep boluses are easily given to ruminant animals using a specially designed Animax applicator.

The bolus enters the animal’s rumen-reticulum and lodges there. The trace elements leach out from the bolus at a known rate and the used boluses are shed naturally.

Animax will have an attractive special offer for customers on their stand in the IHFA marquee during the National Ploughing Championships.

Animax will give away a free bolus applicator with all bolus orders for drying off or pre tupping.

For further information please visit https://animax-vet.com/products/roi/


  Editor’s Note

Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 on additives for use in animal nutrition established a Community procedure for authorising feed additives and lays down rules for their placing on the market, labelling and use. https://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/animal-feed/feed-additives/eu-rules_en