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McAree @ Ploughing 2017

McAree New Range of Long Life Feed V Mac Silos @ Ploughing Championship

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Pictured L2R are Tom Ryan, Teagasc, Donal Carey, IHFA, Peter Richardson, McAree Engineering & Kevin Behan, Rathangan, Co Kildare.  Photo O'Gorman Photography.

At the National Ploughing Championships, the McAree team were displaying their full range of meal silos and tote bins. These included a 16 Ton Split Bin complete with a Diet feeder auger. In addition, McAree had three other animal feed silos (a ten tonne, an eight tonne and a six-tonne size) Visitors could also see a four tonne Hopper and two tote bins (1.5 and one-tonne sizes).

A 1953 vintage David Brown tractor was also on display and attracted a lot of attention.

Safely storing animal feed is an ongoing concern for farmers in the Bord Bia Quality Assurance scheme or other QA programmes. They have to keep feed safe, secure and free from contaminants.

It also makes good economic sense to protect valuable animal feed from vermin and spoilage.

However, animal feed now contains a more complex range of additives so in certain conditions these react with the coating of traditional galvanised metal. This can significantly reduce the lifespan of an expensive animal feed silo.

So McAree has changed the material they use to manufacture V-Mac Silos. All their animal feed silos are now manufactured from MagiZinc an innovative Chromium free alternative to the traditional galvanised material.

 MagiZinc has been extensively tested by their metal supplier Tata Steel (see PPT). MagiZinc delivers outstanding corrosion protection compared to conventional galvanised zinc coating.   This very high protection performance has also been proven in rigorous, independent tests at the University of Kalsruhe in Germany. (See attached info)

After carrying out their own tests McAree Engineering are delighted to be the first silo manufacturer in Ireland or Britain to use this new material. All silos ordered at the National Ploughing Championship will have the silo body, cone and lid manufactured using this material.

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

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. 

More info also on their range of market leading feed silos, tote bins etc. can be seen on YouTube at

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.

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.

In 1969 they moved into the more specialized area of sheet metal fabrication. In 1978 the company introduced its range of spiral duct tubing and in the mid 1980's commenced the supply of sheet metal components.

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

Turnover is now €9 Million pa, they employ 1000 people, have a multinational work force (Polish, Hungarian etc.) and a Quality Management System approved to ISO 9001.

Their V -Mac range of animal feed silos are market leaders in Britain and Ireland. Silo sales were up 20% last year and account for 30% of total business (exports of silos account for 40%)

These include silos for storing wood pellets used for renewable energy in Northern Ireland and Britain.

Aside from well-known pig and poultry producers, livestock farmers, feed compound millers, Teagasc, UCD etc., their customers in Ireland and abroad also include multinationals such as Intel. 

Exports of sheet metal work account for 40% of their total business mainly to Britain and Northern Ireland. Major customers for sheet metal fabrication include Combilift,Portafill, McCLoskey International and Sandvik (the latter three are in the quarry business)

McAree have updated their web presence with the introduction of  focusing on our silo range and   focusing on their sheet metal fabrication facilities.