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About AXA

Farming has always been about balancing trusted methods with new ways of thinking and we’re delighted to be able to combine great cover with a range of innovative benefits to give you AXA Smart Farm.

With a 30% discount if you have a low claims record and hospitalisation cover providing an income to support temporary relief cover in the event of hospitalisation, AXA Smart Farm is designed to do more than just protect you – it’s there to drive you and your farm forward.

AXA Smart Farm has been built by specialists who really know farming. Our dedicated agri-insurance specialists, among them Tom McCarthy who has recently been appointed to work with Munster dairy farmers, bring a wealth of industry knowledge, decades of real-world experience and are there to help you get the most from your cover. With our team, you’ll have the confidence of knowing you’re getting bespoke cover that’s built around you.  

We know how valuable your time is which is why we’ve made it easier than ever to switch with no long documents to fill out, just quick and simple farm insurance that works for you. We’re also the only insurer to provide an online quote facility for farm insurance.

At AXA, we’re proud to provide over 25,000 farmers with more cover, more choice and more value than any other provider in Ireland.

Talk to us today.

 

 

About Mitchelstown Lely Center, Ireland

Lely first entered the Irish market over 10 years ago and have played a strong hand in automating farm processes. Lely Center Mitchelstown, one of the three Lely franchise Centers in Ireland, focused exclusively on its designated area, offering farm support advice, sales, maintenance and service to its dairy and beef farmers customers. The specialist teams of Lely Center Mitchelstown are trained in providing the unsurpassed levels of support that farmers expect.

Among the products which Lely Center Mitchelstown is offering to dairy and beef farmers are:

  • Astronaut Automated Milking Systems
  • Vector Automated Feeding Systems
  • Juno Feed Pusher Robots
  • Barn cleaning robots – Discovery Range

Lely milking robots can be installed to work in any farming system. The Lely Grazeway allows the Astronaut to function with grazing systems.

The Vector is an automated feeding system that selects feed, mixes it, and delivers it to the herd consistently.

The Lely Juno takes the time and labour out of pushing up feed. The Juno is an automated feed pusher that travels along the feed passage, quietly pushing in feed as it goes without interrupting any cows that are eating.

The Discovery can reach places where chain scrapers or manual scraping cannot. When replacing manual scraping, the Discovery massively reduces labour, and increases cow welfare by keeping their environment cleaner, leading to happier cows and farmers.

Lely Horizon is the newest farm management application, is a ‘decision-support platform, which analyses data, offers insights and gives proactive advice to make the farmer’s life easier, the herd healthier and the farm more profitable’, this is just one of the many new technologies in the Lely pipeline.

Working with Lely Center Mitchelstown will ensure that your farm is future-proofed through the use of cutting-edge technology, benefiting your herd – and your pocket.

 

About Dairygold

Dairygold is Ireland’s leading farmer owned Dairy & Agri Business employing over 1,250 people with a turnover of circa €1b. Dairygold has been supporting thousands of farmer members for over a century. The majority of our shareholder members are farmers operating family-run dairy farms that have been passed down over generations. Our fertile rolling green pastures have been settled for centuries, where today, we continue to grass feed our cows in a natural environment, from glacial nutrient rich soil. This enables us to produce fully traceable, quality assured gold standard dairy ingredients.

Our promise is to nourish people around the globe with our naturally-sourced gold standard dairy ingredients from the most fertile farmlands in the world. We are constantly adding value to our nutritional products through smart innovation, research, industry-leading technology and world-class facilities.

With a vision and strategy to be a global player in supplying naturally sourced dairy nutritionals, Dairygold is boldly shaping the future of the dairy industry.

www.dairygold.ie

About Munster Bovine

Munster Bovine is Ireland’s largest AI service provider. Our roots trace back to Dr. J.J. R. Nagle who pioneered artificial insemination in Ireland in the 1940’s.  Today Munster’s base of operations stands in the very same location in Ballyvorisheen, Mallow, Co. Cork, where it all began.

Even though the breeding world has changed a lot since that time, the fundamentals remain the same embracing cutting edge technology, a strong motivated team, on farm application and the best genetics still remain at the core of Munster Bovine today.

Our reputation has been built on consistently providing the kind of superior genetics, related products, services and support that give today’s farmers a competitive edge on the world stage.

About MSD Animal Health

For more than 150 years, a very special passion has driven the people at MSD Animal Health. A leading global healthcare company, MSD Animal Health offers animal health professionals, farmers, pet owners and governments the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines, animal health technologies and services. MSD Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals.

About IFAC

IFAC is an expert team of accountants and financial advisers with specialist knowledge of the farming, food, and agribusiness sectors. We work at the beating heart of life in every part of Ireland, helping our clients be the best that they can be. With over 40 years of experience and 30 locations nationwide, our clients can access top-quality service from a location that is convenient for them.

We know there are a hundred and one things that demand your attention every day, and we don’t think that accounts, taxes and payroll should be among them! When you partner with us, your life becomes much easier. Because when we spend our time doing what we do best, you can spend your time doing what you do best. It’s not just your business that benefits, but your work-life balance too.

Whether you need help with everyday support or to kick-start your succession planning journey, reach out to our team today to see how we can help you and your farm business.

About IHFA

The Irish Holstein Friesian Association,IHFA, is licenced by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine to manage the Holstein Friesian herdbook and register members’ pedigree animals. There are in the order of 350,000 milk cows and followers registered with the Association, which represents 22% of the National herd.

The herdbook is governed by a Board of directors drawn from its regional structure of 15 areas with separate representation for the Irish Pure Friesian.

The association offers the members an expanded range of services to include registration, conformation scoring, genomics, recommended bull list for breed improvement, on line management tools, national accolades to recognise animal performance and breeder achievements, catalogues and sales.

The network of regional clubs for members is a valuable source for education and social capital.

The association maintains an open herdbook policy and offers non-members a route to pedigree where they can grade up their herd of Holstein Friesian to pedigree status following validation checks.

Promotion of the breed is a key function where the value and potential of the breed to earn additional income is a key consideration. The Association organizes open days, bull sales, shows and many varied events.

The Association also boasts a strong and vibrant youth organization, YMA, where likeminded youth can meet up and make new friends while at the same time learning stockmanship and management skills. They make friends for life and develop the skills so vital in succession, to take over the home herd or wherever their careers bring them.

 

About McDonnell Bros

McDonnell Bros are Munster’s leading independent agricultural supplier. We have been serving and working with our customers for over forty years. Today with branches in Glanworth, Middleton, Castletownroche and Fermoy.

We service the farming communities many needs through our different divisions – animal feeds, fertiliser, hardware, grass cereal & root seed, chemicals, minerals etc. A substantial part of McDonnell Bros is grain intake. We pride ourselves in providing a quality personable service with trained experts in all departments. We look forward to working with you.

At McDonnell Bros this time of the year our focus is winter feeding, mineral supplementation and animal housing. When it comes to feeding your stock we have everything you need, nutritional advice, exceptional feeds with the best of ingredients and a great service. Mineral we stock the acorn range which have been giving remarkable results on farm, they are formulated to highest standards, if required special mixes are no problem. Animal housing has become a dynamic part of our business in recent years, we supply water and drainage systems, stock handling systems, rubber matting, in fact we can help design and supply you with almost anything you require for animal housing.

So for service, advise, quality and price contact us on 02536477

McDonnell Bros Keeping Competition Alive

 

 

About AIB

The financial health of the Irish dairy sector remains robust, with strong demand for on-farm investment. If you need support to develop, grow or invest in your farm, we have different ways to finance this for you.

Agriculture is a key sector for us and that’s why we have a dedicated Agri Advisor team based around the country who support the needs of our farming customers. With a background in farming, they have a practical understanding of the sector and bring a wealth of experience when looking at farm finance.

To find out more about how we can support your business, we are available on 1890 47 88 33 (9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays). You can also find out more in your local AIB branch or visit www.aib.ie/farming.

AIB are committed to supporting the sustainable development of the Irish Agri sector into the future.

Lending criteria, terms and conditions apply. Over 18s only. Security may be required. Allied Irish Banks p.l.c. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

About Blacknight

Homegrown in Carlow, Blacknight is 100% Irish owned and Ireland’s largest web host and ICANN accredited domain registrar. They’ve won several awards for their revolutionary use of social media. Recently, they entered the market as a broadband provider across Ireland.

Since 2003, they’ve built a reputation for service, support, and engagement with their customers. They’ve won many awards at local, national and international levels. They’re pioneers in the use of blogging for business and integrating social media into their customer service and support. They’ve also sponsored many Irish business and community events. When you call them, you talk to real people in their Carlow office, and they bring world-class technology to bear on your business IT needs.

Blacknight is certified to ISO 27001, the strictest international standard available in information security management. They own and manage all their own infrastructure and network, peering directly at multiple points of presence and internet exchanges. This gives them complete control and security. All their servers are hosted in Ireland and governed by European Union laws on privacy and data protection.

Blacknight is constantly innovating in partnership with the leading IT solution providers to bring the best products and services to their customers. Their data centres in Carlow and Dublin are state-of-the-art, and they invest directly in the development of internet standards, governance, and best practice, through active participation at the highest international level in industry organisations and fora.

About Chanelle Pharma

Chanelle Pharma was founded by Galway Veterinary Surgeon Michael Burke in 1985, who recognized the need for rapid veterinary distribution service. The company remains headquartered in Loughrea, Co. Galway. From an initial two staff members, Chanelle Pharma now employs over 500 people, holds more than 5,000 pharmaceutical licenses all over the world, and exports products to 96 countries globally. Chanelle Pharma is proud to supply 10 of the world’s top 12 pharmaceutical companies. Its business model is science-driven; significant investments are made in R&D every year to develop new and innovative products.

In Ireland, Chanelle Pharma manufactures, markets, and distributes a diverse range of companion, equine, and production animal products, with a strong market presence in all sectors. The company’s talented sales, marketing, logistics, and technical teams cement Chanelle Pharma’s position as one of Ireland’s most trusted and reliable veterinary suppliers.

About Calor

Instantaneous water heating for Dairy farms, from Calor  

Continuous hot water up to 85ᵒC instantly – ideal for chlorine free detergents – only from Calor. 

The combination of Calor expertise and experience and the outstanding quality and technology behind our Rinnai water heaters delivers the ideal chlorine – free water heating solution for dairy farmers who are looking to upgrade or extend their milking facilities. Our Rinnai water heaters are, of stainless steel construction, fully modulating and condensing, and offer the reassurance of a five year warranty on all parts. They produce an infinite supply of hot water on demand. With A-rated efficiency and instant temperatures of up to 85ᵒC, they can also reduce running costs as there’s no longer a need to constantly heat and store water. Perfect for chlorine-free wash routines on they provide all the hot water needed, when it is needed. Calor also offer the option of running your water heating system on BioLPG, our renewable energy solution. Contact us now for a FREE site survey from Calor including a FREE water test.  Visit calorgas.ie. 

About Kerry Agribusiness

 Kerry Agribusiness works closely with all our customers and in particular with our 3,000 milk suppliers. We have 32 Farm stores strategically located throughout the Kerry catchment region, which provide essential farm inputs and associated farm requisites for our farming community. We also operate a mill based in Farranfore, Co. Kerry that manufactures compound feed for dairy and beef animals to complement our grass-based production systems.

Kerry Agribusiness supports our milk suppliers to ensure the efficient production of grass-based, sustainably produced high quality milk, thereby making it a source of premium-quality dairy and nutritional products for customers across the globe. We are proud of our grass-based, sustainable milk supply and 100% Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS) certification across our milk supplier base.

Kerry Agribusiness, through our technical and advisory extension services, enable our entire supplier base to maximise on-farm efficiencies and farm profitability. This is achieved through the application of management information systems, animal health programmes, improved grassland management practices and specialist nutrition services.

 

 

About Norbrook

Norbrook is a leading global provider of veterinary pharmaceuticals, enhancing the health of farm and companion animals from its headquarters in Northern Ireland.

Norbrook has long been well-known for its wide range of popular dairy-focussed products: including anthelmintics such as Eprizero, as well as intramammary tubes and our best-seller SureSeal. Our recently launched Transition Cow range builds on our expertise in metabolic disease management and perfectly complements our long-standing Calciject product.

Norbrook is proud to have supported farmers, pet owners and the veterinary industry in Ireland with innovative products and trusted, quality brands for over 50 years.