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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/

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 Dr Elizabeth on her home farm with some Lleyn ewes

 Zinc content in forage is rarely deficient (less than one per cent of forages samples will have a deficiency)

and the amount of zinc in forage compared to the amount available from a bolus is significantly greater (often 100 times greater).

As most animals will get above 90% of the zinc required from forage the amount supplied in forage

is about 20 times the amount that an animal would get from a bolus.

For these and other reasons, there is no value in including zinc supplements in a bolus.

Whilst zinc is known to be critical for many enzyme factors, zinc deficiency is very rarely reported.

According to Teagasc* “Zn deficiency can be induced by high feed Ca levels, which block Zn absorption from the gut.

However primary deficiency of Zn is rare in ruminants.

There is a common enzyme copper-zinc superoxide dismutase which is important for a lot of reactions in the body.

This enzyme contains copper and copper deficiency is still commonly reported (as well as toxicity).

According to Dr Elizabeth Berry BVSC, PhD, MRCVS, Veterinary Director with Animax many elements interact

and this can mean that copper that should be available in the diet of animals becomes bound or unavailable.

So sometimes a zinc deficiency is really related to a copper deficiency.

It is important to monitor trace element levels in ruminants on a regular basis, in all situations, at least annually.

Bear in mind that changes to pasture, such as reseeding or liming, may change the availability of trace elements.

The weather can also affect availability – in wet seasons, animals ingest more soil than in dry years,

making cobalt more available, but copper less so.

However, there is little evidence to suggest a deficiency with pasture levels of 25 mg/kg dry matter. 

Typically pasture levels vary between 20-60 mg/kg dry matter depending on factors such as grass growth, season and soil type.

Some trace element bolus do contain zinc but it is important to establish a need

to give extra supplementation for zinc (and check copper status due to the common enzyme).  

For some trace element bolus, the amount of zinc is negligible and is unlikely to have an effect compared to the background level of zinc.

Animax is best known for their Allsure (ROI) & Tracesure (NI) range of leaching boluses which deliver a prolonged release of the key trace elements.

Copper, cobalt, iodine and selenium are the four trace elements which are essential for supplementation in low trace element diets in livestock.

The boluses leach known and optimum levels of these elements for up to six months.

Sadly one bolus manufacturing firm, in particular, is pushing zinc supplementation in their trace element bolus!

Flor Ryan, the Animax sheep specialist says that “farmers and animal health merchants should be aware

that putting a Zinc supplement in a bolus is usually a complete waste of money”.

Editors Notes

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board support a forage sample of 25 mg/kg DM being adequate – written by Nigel Kendal of Nottingham University.

Animax was founded in 1982 by a Scottish veterinarian Les Porter BVMS FRCVS, who recognised

that technological and scientific advancement that can increase yields and production,

optimise fertility and support animal health, would become crucial for farmers.

He worked in vet practices in Scotland and Kent before joining New Zealand’s Ministry of Agriculture in 1967 and

then the Invermay Research Station where he researched sheep diseases.

After more research work in India and Australia, he joined Bayer UK   in 1976 as their veterinary advisor

Animax is best known for their range of leaching boluses which deliver a prolonged release of the key trace elements.

Copper, cobalt, iodine and selenium are the four trace elements which are essential for supplementation in low trace element diets in livestock.

The boluses leach known and optimum levels of these elements for up to six months.

Individual animal demands for trace elements including zinc will vary with age and factors such as pregnancy and lactation.  

There are slightly higher demands for zinc at peak production in dairy cattle (around 50 mg/kg DM) but

these figures were calculated for high yielding (10,000 litres) large Holstein cattle. 

In addition, calcium can interact with zinc absorption, something that may occur in dairy cows in early lactation.

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‘Living Your New Normal’ Building your life to continue farming after an accident

Embrace FARM, farm accident support network, in conjunction with the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire held its first joint information day

to support people that have survived an accident and want to adjust their lives so they can keep farming.

The objective of the day was to highlight to accident survivors what organisations and businesses are out there to help them.

Showcase to the wider community what issues people face following an accident with their health and wellbeing

and finally identify opportunities for farmers to interact with companies and organisations that can

help them physically, mentally and emotionally adapt to life following their accident.

With over 100 people in attendance at the event, which was held at the Hub, Kilkenny, it attracted people from all over the country to come.

Support organisations such as Headway (Acquired Brain Injury), Samaritans, Awareness Head to Toe, Citizens Information, APOS, Pieta House,

IACP, Teagasc, IFA, ICSA, ICMSA, FBD, Coloplast, Wheelchair Cars Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association,

Southeast Mobility Driving, National Learning Network,

and Employability gave their time and expertise to be present on the day to help all in attendance.

With adaptations from Mobility Tractor Steps, Third Arm, Pat O’Donnell Plant Hire and more,

there was a both a practical showcase of machinery and cars as well as the softer supports a person requires to rehabilitate after an accident.

Speakers on the day came from both a national and international perspective. Bill Fields from Perdue University, Indiana, USA and Agrability,

a programme ‘that provides assistance to farmers, other agricultural workers and family farm members impacted by disability’

spoke on the number of people they assist through training networking and other special events. Enda Murphy, author of ‘Five Steps to Happiness’

and psychotherapist spoke about the impact of trauma on our lives, how this can be recognised and awareness for those around us.

People had the opportunity to speak openly with one another and directly to the support organisations in attendance.

It was highlighted from one of the attendees that ‘help on the farm so that (we) could forget about it

in those first weeks/months’ was all-important to a person after an accident.

Another attendee mentioned the most benefit they received from the day was ‘being able

to talk about it to people who have experienced it’ i.e. surviving an accident.

For others it was something practical when asked what most benefited them in attending was ‘seeing an easier way to access a tractor’.

For the support organisations in attendance, they felt it was a ‘great opportunity to get our message out to offer support’ for the farming communities.

It was also felt that ‘attending this event was well worthwhile in regard to networking and hearing the individual human experiences

in particular’ when listening to the panel discussion held at the beginning of the day.

Claire McCormack from Agriland chaired an in-depth discussion with farm accident survivors Gabriel  Cronnelly, Leas-Chathaoirleach, Galway Co. Council

and Peter Gohery a Galway farmer sharing their stories of their accidents and the impact this has had on their lives and relationships with their loved ones.

Dr Maeve Nolan from the National Rehabilitation Hospital spoke from her perspective with

the patients they receive through their doors annually having survived such serious accidents.

It is hoped that this day will continue with conversations to help farm accident survivors in

a greater practical sense between all those who attended and kindly helped make this day happen.

 For more info please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / phone 085 – 7709966