Sam Gordon, from Annalong in Co Down, is a well known Texel sheep breeder. Last year saw him win the Best Small Flock Award for Northern Ireland, a prestigious accolade bestowed upon him by the UK Texel Society. However, Sam and his Lindstair flock are no strangers to receiving plaudits from Texel breeders throughout the UK. He has been breeding pedigree sheep for the past fifteen years with the founding members of his flock procured from Scottish Texel breeder Robert Forsyth, the owner of the renowned Baltier flock.
Sam is currently managing a flock of 30 pedigree females. All of the ewes lamb in February and early March.
Weather permitting, renowned Co Down suckler beef producer Sam Chesney will be cutting silage in a fortnight. But it’s the performance of silage made four years ago that has really caught his attention over recent days.
“Like many farmers I ran out of last year’s silage stocks some time ago and had no option but to feed out from a pit that was made back in 2009,” he explained.
“And I was totally surprised at just how good its feeding value is. In fact, the forage is as well preserved today as it was when first ensiled. I attribute this, for the most part, to the use of Provita’s Advance inoculant, which we have applied to all the silage crops made on the farm for the past decade.”
Sam went on to highlight the tremendous benefits to be gained from making good quality silage.
Provita will be attending The Balmoral Show, 15th – 17th May 2013 Stand AP50, Agri Pavillion. We are are running a FREE Balmoral tickets Offer. For more information click here.
Balmoral Show is Ireland’s largest Agricultural and Food Show. The 145th Show offers its usual extravaganza of colour, competition and showmanship along with daily displays to entertain the whole family at the new showgrounds, Balmoral Park.
Provita are offering one Balmoral entrance ticket FREE with the promotions below. Just select the promotion that applies.
500 Tonne of Advance Silage Inoculant (Printable Version) (Online Version)
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This week saw the 2013 UGS Grassland Farmer of the Year Albert O’Neill, from Artigarvan in North Co Tyrone, sowing fertiliser on silage ground. However, preparation for this year’s silage season got underway prior to Christmas when all the relevant fields were soil tested.
“We produce about 2,000 tonnes of grass silage each year and grow an additional 30 to 35 acres of arable silage,” Albert told Farming Life. “Soil testing is the all important starting point to our entire farming operation. Our arable fields are tested annually: the grassland areas are tested every four years. We are also committed to a regular grassland re-seeding policy, which ties in with our arable rotation. On average fields are re-seeded every five to six years Albert milks 190 Montbeliarde cross cows with his brother Wesley and father John. It’s very much a family run business.
Provita has commissioned leading veterinarian Roger Blowey to develop an exclusive video ‘Latest Developments in Reducing Lameness’. By viewing this video and submitting the questionnaire SQP’s can gain 10 AMTRA CPD points (Ref:A2158), if graded 80% or above.
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Leading veterinarian Roger Blowey spoke at Provita/Pfizer Animal Health-hosted farmers’ meetings in Coleraine and Portadown. This was followed on with meetings in Clonmel and Cork. Courtesy of his presentations, Roger highlighted the growing challenge of hoof related problems on dairy farms and the ways by which farmers can get on top of this issue.
February 8th, Provita’s Tommy Armstrong will be in attendance at Connon Farm Merchants to discuss with customers the absolute necessity of giving newborn calves the best possible start and, in this context, the valuable role that can be played by Provita ‘Protect’
One direct impact of last year’s poor grazing season and the subsequent fall-off in silage quality has been the deterioration in the quality of colostrum produced by cows. This, in turn, will reduce the newborns’ ability to fight off disease.