Busy Agri Stand @ Balmoral Show 2019

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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