New Animal Feed Storage Innovations from McAree Engineering

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The 2019 Ploughing Championships will see the launch of a number of innovative animal feed storage solutions by Monaghan based,

McAree Engineering who design and manufacture the market-leading V-Mac range of bulk feed storage silos.

A new large, open-top silo with a flip lid will be on display providing livestock farmers with a cost-effective solution for holding home-mixed feed. 

With a three M body and a heavy-duty lid incorporating a nine-foot wide opening this silo with a capacity from eight tonnes, will accommodate a wide telescopic bucket.

In addition, to meet the demand for extremely hard-wearing silos, V-Mac Silos have developed a new stainless steel silo manufactured using their distinctive steel coil design. 

The use of an external interlocking seam on the outside of the silo creates an extremely strong silo shell out of high-grade stainless steel.

This silo is targeted at customers who are using mineral and additive rich animal feeds, which can sometimes react with traditional galvanised steel silos and degrade them. 

This new silo will provide the usual feed storage benefits along with an extremely long life.

In addition, McAree Engineering will be displaying their full range of animal feed silos. 

The latest version of their standard one-tonne tote bin will also on display. 

This new version is slightly larger at 1.65m3 and is designed for easier transport.

According to Eamon McMeel, the V-Mac Silos Technical Sales Manager, “our four-tonne hopper is very popular we have often been asked for larger capacity flip lid solutions

– this requirement has become more acute with the continued expansion in the dairy sector and our new flip lid silo meets this niche”. 

Eamon added “we have many long-standing customers in the pig and poultry sector who have been inquiring about specific solutions for some feeds. 

We have worked with our material suppliers and are happy that we can offer this solution.  Make sure you come along to our stand Block 1, Row 3 Stand 84.

The McAree Engineering V-Mac Silo production has recently moved to a purpose-built 40,000 square foot factory,

which has been built alongside their state of the art sheet metal manufacturing plant in Ballinode, Co. Monaghan.

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 are incredibly strong.

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.

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 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 or at