Niall Heerey & Andrew Carolan from Ulster Banks Region East Agri Team were in attendance at the Keenan Diet Feeder Demonstration on Pat Callans farm in Philipstown, Dunleer, Co. Louth, on Friday 6th December.
No matter what feed and forages you use there are two things that are crucial. The Quality and Consistency of the mix. Research shows the mix needs to be the same, day in, day out to deliver the best results.
That means evenly, thoroughly mixed feed never over or under mixed. Ingredients that are consistently added, in the same order and ratios & fibres presented with clean cut ends for optimum rumen conditioning.
Research on dairy farms has shown how after using diet feeders for one year milk production increased with less feed used. At current feed and milk prices this could be worth as much as an additional 2.5p per litre of milk.
This was a very enjoyable and informative afternoon and Pat Callans farm was an excellent venue.