There was a large attendance of dairy and beef producers from counties, Leitrim, Longford and Westmeath for a seminar hosted earlier this month by Connacht Gold in Mohill, Co Leitrim.
The event aimed to highlight the benefits of feeding the co-op’s new range of Excel dairy and beef feeds, containing the unique nutritional pack ATP, to on farm herds.
Connacht Gold Technical Advisor, Pascal Whyte explained that, when included in dairy rations, ATP improved production and cow fertility and enabled a reduction in somatic cell counts. “ATP dairy contains the live yeast Yea-Sacc, Sel-Plex plus Copper and Zinc in the form of mineral bioplexes,” Mr Whyte explained. “Extensive trials and on-farm experience confirm that milk producers can secure a return on their investment of 2.8 percent if they opt for the new Excel feed range, which includes both ATP and the protected fat Megalac.”
Turning then to the new Excel beef rations from Connacht Gold, Mr Whyte pointed out that the Yea-Sacc contained in the ATP component of the ration also improved rumen function.
“This, in turn, serves to improve the general health of the animals, thereby leading to improved feed conversions and growth rates,” he added.
Connacht Gold’s Technical Sales Manager, Dr John Coleman then went on to point out that a host of diseases had “significantly reduced” dairy and beef cattle performance on farms throughout the country, in recent times. “These include BVD, Leptospirosis, IBR, Johne’s and Neospara,” he said. “All of these disease and parasitic challenges are a reality of many Irish farms. They are acting to reduce both day-to-day production levels and fertility related performance. In the case of Johne’s Disease, affected animals will eventually die. Farmers must act to screen for these diseases and then initiate a suitable eradication or vaccination programme. The Connacht Gold technical team will provide appropriate back up and advice to customers on these matters. However, it is also crucially important for herdowners to agree a relevant animal health programme with their vet.” Those in attendance that stock must be dosed at rates that are in line with animals’ actual bodyweights.