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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 www.mcaree-eng.com/ or at   https://www.vmacsilos.ie/

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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. 

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