Soil sampling provides essential information regarding the nutrient status of soil. Soil can be tested for pH, lime requirement, phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). The results of the samples will provide information on the areas of your farm that has low, medium or high soil fertility. This allows for the efficient use and correct planning of lime, fertiliser and slurry applications for the next 3 – 5 years. Increasing your soil fertility will increase the amount of grass that can be grown on your farm. For best results, soil samples should not be taken for up to three months after the last application of P and K, and 2 years after the last lime application. Please see the attached example soil report.
Soil samplers and sample boxes are available for collection from Tim Regan at Drinagh Central Office.
Both mineral and forage analysis can be carried out on silage samples. Mineral analysis will help identify any deficiencies, and form the basis for balancing individual animal groups’ mineral requirements. Providing the correct mineral balance will optimise animal performance. Forage analysis tests for dry matter, pH, ammonia, protein, metabolisable energy and DMD. The test shows how the crop has saved, and the feeding quality of the silage. Please see the attached example silage report.
Silage corers are available for collection from Tim Regan at Drinagh Central Office.
Correct nutrition is a key component of a healthy and profitable herd. Score Drinagh Feeds prides itself on not only supplying quality feed, but also supporting their customers with the most up to date nutritional advice.
Assistance can vary from in-house nutritional advice on all feed related issues, to providing outside technical expertise where required. For any general or specific nutritional advice, please do not hesitate to contact Donal Murphy at Drinagh Feed Mill at 028-30800 or 086-2696570.
Drinagh offers a comprehensive range of grass seed mixtures. These mixtures are updated annually to include the latest top performing varieties available. All mixtures are specifically selected for our area, and to deliver the highest quality grass seed mixes to our customers. Only the leading grass varieties are selected from the recommended list for our grass seed mixtures. Special mixes and monocultures are also available to cater for each individual's own requirement.
For advice on all grass seed mixtures, please contact Tim Regan at Drinagh Central Office on 028-30800 or 086-8241635.
Please download our Grass Seed Mixtures brochure for 2018 for more information.
Grassland Herbicides and Pesticides
Drinagh stocks a full range of grassland herbicide products. Weeds can have a serious effect on grass and silage yields; it can be assumed that for a 5% weed infestation in paddocks that grass yields would also be reduced by 5%. Common weeds such as docks, thistles and nettles left uncontrolled can quickly take over pastures. These weeds can be controlled, to achieve best results and best value for money, the right product and the right stage is essential.
Please download our Grassland Weed Control Guide 2018 for more information, or for specific advice on the use of grassland herbicides and pesticides, please contact Tim Regan at Drinagh Central office on 028-30800 or 086-8241635.
Forage and soil analysis has shown that most soils in our local area are deficient in the key trace elements selenium, iodine, zinc and copper. These trace elements have major roles in animal performance and fertility.
Mineral imbalances can cause major loss of income to farmers. Correct mineral, trace element and vitamin balance is essential for the prevention of a wide range of problems, including lameness, reduced immunity, and a reduction in live-weight gain. Feeding a very good quality pre-calver or dry cow minerals to cows for a minimum of 6-8 weeks before calving is advisable.
A full range of minerals are available from your local branch, or Drinagh Feed Mill. Please also see our new Drinagh Hi-Spec Pre-Calver Mineral product. Customers with queries on mineral supplementation may contact Drinagh's Nutritionist, Donal Murphy, at 028-30800 or 086-2696570.
Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme
The Bord Bia Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS) has been developed for milk producers in conjunction with representatives of the dairy industry. Its objective is to demonstrate to customers of dairy products that milk is produced sustainably under an accredited scheme.
Many of our milk suppliers already participate in the Bord Bia Beef and Lamb Quality Assurance Scheme (BLQAS). It is recommended that suppliers due an audit for the BLQAS scheme apply for the SDAS scheme also. You can then be audited for both the SDAS and BLQAS at the same time which will save a lot of time and effort. The requirements for both schemes are very similar and if you are BLQAS quality assured, your cull cows will be worth considerably more when sent to the factory. Information packs including application forms are available for collection from Tim Regan at Drinagh Central Office.
Tim Regan — Agricultural Advisor
Tim joined Drinagh in 2012 and is currently Drinagh’s Agricultural Advisor. He graduated from UCD with a B.Agr Science Degree and a Masters in Agriculture. Tim is available to assist in all agricultural matters, from milk quality to financial issues. He is also available to advise on the Bord Bia Dairy Assurance Scheme.firstname.lastname@example.org
Donal Murphy — Nutritionist
Donal joined Drinagh in 1996 and is currently Drinagh's Mill Manager & Nutritionist. He graduated from UCD with a B.Agr Science Degree. He also holds a Fetac Level 6 In Animal Nutrition. Donal can provide advice and information on animal nutrition, as well as designing and evaluating diets for individual animal groups. He is also contactable at Drinagh Feed Mill on email@example.com
Darren Lynch — Agricultural Advisor
Darren joined Drinagh in 2015 and is part of Drinagh's advisory team. He graduated from UCD with a B.Agr Science Degree and has worked in the agri industry since 2012. As part of the advisory service Drinagh has to offer, Darren is available to assist in all agricultural matters, including milk quality, nutrition, forage analysis, grassland and crop husbandry, as well as financial issues and the Bord Bia Dairy Assurance Scheme.firstname.lastname@example.org