Increase in requirements for feed troughs this winter

Following a difficult year of mixed weather conditions, ranging from snow, deluges and now droughts, farmers across the country have had to adapt to various feeding strategies. As a result, the requirement for feed troughs has increased

Alternative Fodder Solutions

Due to the potential fodder shortage for the winter, many farmers have taken to growing ryegrass such as Westerwolds on neighbouring tillage fields. If sown in late July, farmers would be aiming for a first cut in October, with a possible second cut in March before sowing begins. Others have purchased maize to extend the silage for milking cows come calving time, while many farmers are hoping to achieve a third cut of silage by October.

Taking this into account, it will be important to contain and secure these feeds from other wildlife, such as birds, who can pull feed out of passage ways and leave remnants in yards, potentially drawing in vermin. By using the Murphy Concrete precast feed troughs, birds are less likely to enter more confined spaces, therefore protecting the animals feed. Although, this cannot completely eliminate the problem of rodents and birds, it does significantly reduce the issue.

Supplementation

This year will increase the requirement of diet feeders as silage will have to be supplemented in order to make up for the shortfall. Murphy Concrete precast feed troughs are designed specifically to work with diet feeders, reducing the wastage of feed and encouraging the animal to eat the whole diet mix.

Coming in a range of sizes and the ability to specifically suit the individual farmer, Murphy Concrete precast feed troughs can suit a farm’s specific requirements.

To learn more, visit Murphy Concrete at the National Ploughing Championships at Block 2, Row 9, Stand 207. www.murphyconcreteproducts.ie

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