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April 2011

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The month ahead it set to be a busy one for all of us but we ask that you add one more thing to that list of things to do - TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR EASTER ORDERS BOOKED IN WITH US BY THURSDAY 14TH APRIL FOR ORDERS RIGHT THROUGH UNTIL FRIDAY 6TH MAY 2011.

Obviously we will be in touch with each of you to discuss your requirements before that date.

Limited deliveries on:

  • Thursday 21st April
  • Tuesday 26th April - Very Limited
  • Wednesday 27th April
  • Thursday 28th April
  • Tuesday 3rd May - Very Limited

Normal deliverys will resume on Wednesday 3rd May 2011.


No deliveries on:

  • Friday 22nd April
  • Saturday 23rd April
  • Sunday 24th April
  • Monday 25th April
  • Friday 29th April
  • Saturday 30th April
  • Sunday 1st May
  • Monday 2nd May


If you haven't already booked your silage additive yet - give the office a call to discuss ECOSYL...

Our sales of Ecosyl have increased tenfold over the last 2 years - surely those customers who choose to use it can't be wrong. We would like you to join our increasing list of very happy and satisfied customers.


Ecosyl Products is to receive Royal honours for development of friendly bacteria that increase food production, save water, improve harvest efficiency and may reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses that cause global warming. In recognition of this outstanding achievement in innovation, Her Majesty The Queen is to confer upon Ecosyl Her Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2011.

Ecosyl managing director, Dr Andy Beardsmore, speaking from the company’s international headquarters at Stokesley, said: “This award is a welcome boost for the whole bio-science sector in the North as well as a great honour for Ecosyl. We have a strong scientific base in the region, capable of delivering important innovations that benefit food security, our environment and our economy and it needs to be nurtured and supported by government.” Ecosyl’s Queen’s Award winning innovative products include ECOSYL ULV and ECOSYL 100 ultra-low volume biological inoculants for treatment and enhancement of forage for cows and sheep. “In the same way that you can preserve milk by adding bacteria to make yoghurt, adding our MTD/1 bacteria to grass and maize helps it ferment quickly and safely, saving proteins and nutrients for a tasty and highly productive feed that will store for long periods,” explained Dr Beardsmore.

“Ecosyl’s ultra-low volume technology allows naturally sourced, friendly bacteria to be kept alive at very high concentrations, making them much easier to use in the preservation of winter feed for dairy cows, beef cattle and sheep. The new products lead to a considerable reduction in the amount of water required during treatment. This enables contractors, having loaded with water at the beginning of a day, to complete a day’s work without refills. With the increase in distances between farm and field and in the size of harvesting equipment, this is a major benefit, increasing efficiency, as well as reducing costs.”

Ecosyl’s biological technology was specifically developed to replace chemicals and acids that had various environmental and safety concerns including carcinogenic, corrosive and pollutant effects. Treating forage with Ecosyl inoculant also reduces the amount of carbon dioxide given off during the fermentation process and it appears that improvements in forage digestibility may also reduce the level of methane produced by cows fed Ecosyl treated crops. Both carbon dioxide and methane are important greenhouse gasses associated with global warming. Ecosyl is a world leader in new technologies that help farmers increase milk and meat production from home grown forages and this is the second time the company has received honours from The Queen, winning a 2007 award in the international trade category. Ecosyl’s ultra-low volume products have already found a ready market in both the UK and North America.

Dr Beardsmore said: “This award is testament to the creativity and commitment of our research, manufacturing, sales and marketing and customer service teams and the tremendous support of distributors worldwide. We also owe much to the scientists, universities and research institutions who have always played an essential role in independently verifying the quality, efficacy and performance boosting activity of Ecosyl.

“Getting more milk and meat from forage has long been a proven route to greater farm profits. But the significant rise in animal feed prices, from increasing global demand and weather effects on grain crops, puts silage quality firmly at the top of the agenda for everyone chasing efficient, cost effective livestock production and we are helping to achieve that goal in the friendliest way possible.”


If your silage is looking wet or may be contaminated you may want to consider:


One of the best known and respected of all acid silage preservatives, Add-F, is now available in a non-corrosive formula from us, called Add-F NC (for non-corrosive). Originally developed by BP forty years ago, Kemira Chemicals have now taken over production and have made it far safer by using their proven gaseous ammoniation buffering process to remove the adverse effects that the old Add-F had on machinery and skin.

Add - F NC is ideal for: All silages that are low in sugar and/or have a high nitrate level and/or wet and contaminated grass.

Add-F NC is 80% formic acid, known for many years as the most effective and rapid silage preservative. Formic acid treatment is often used as the benchmark when research scientists test the effectiveness of silage additives because of its known reliability and predictability. Unfortunately handling and corrosion problems have made it increasingly unpopular for farm use. Kemira has a good name for developing effective farmer and environmentally friendly products so we expect the new formulation to regain its former popularity. Now available in 205 and 1000 litre containers. We can usually deliver within 48 hours.


They said it would never work, but Clampfilm IS now the accepted way to STOP top and shoulder waste...


As the price of milk appears to be on the increase to you at last (and may it continue to rise), we feel that perhaps those of you who are currently using whole milk for calf rearing should consider using milk powders as an alternative. With the average whole milk price around 26p - 28p per litre, dependent on your buyer, the price of milk powders are on average 15p - 17p per litre mixed. This means a saving of 10p for every litre fed to the calves every day.

It has been proved in trials that the feeding of whole milk to calves can result in inefficient growth rates (up to 31% less weight gain up to 12 weeks) and subsequent calf and heifer performance. The consistent energy and protein levels provided by calf milk replacers result in higher daily liveweight gains - about 0.80 kgs/day compared with 0.61 kgs/day with whole milk feeding. A milk replacer has a better profile of essential trace elements and vitamins that are vital to calf development. As an example whole milk contains 8,000 iu of Vitamin A compare to 25,000 iu in calf milk replacers. The calf requirement is 15,000 iu so replacers meet the requirement by three times less volume. Calf health is also protected when using calf replacers avoiding cross resistance that can occur when feeding waste milk.


  • Choose the correct concentration
  • Mix at the correct temperature (45 - 50°c) and follow instruction
  • Feed at the correct temperature 38 - 40°c
  • Feed at regular intervals
  • Wait 15 minutes after feeding milk before offering water
  • Ensure high levels of hygiene


  • Prepare calf rearing facilities before calving begins
  • Ensure calves receive 2½ litres colostrums within six hours
  • Use a quality milk replacer from GP Feeds
  • Feed purchased calves on an electrolyte solution
  • Also provide fresh clean water and straw / hay
  • Choose a good quality calf mixture or pellet to encourage rumen development from GP Feeds
  • Wean calves when dry feed intake is around 1kg per day

Please ring us for further details and prices of our full range of VOLAC and SCA NUTEC milk replacers along with our well proven Coarse Calf Mixture and Calf Pellets.


  • Blossom Easy Mix
  • Blossom Freeflow
  • Enerlac Freeflow
  • Enerlac instant
  • Heiferlac



  • Professional
  • Challenger
  • Supreme
  • Elevator
  • Daisy
  • Fastgro





In order to maintain high yields in the Spring producers need to fine tune the overall ration, but this must be cost effective. One route that has worked well for many dairy farmers is to add Amino Pro-Tek to the diet. This is a sugar mineral complex that is non GM and fits in well to most feeding regimes. It works in the rumen and enables better use to be made of the protein in home grown forage, but especially in conjunction with high protein spring grass.

We have in previous years seen improvements in milk yield of 1.8 to 2.5 litres per head per day in average and high yielding herds where Amino Pro-Tek has been included.

Apart from increases in yield, it has also reduced blood ureas and improved fertility in some dairy herds.




Gareth or Rachel (Office)
01948 661602 Fax 01948 871776

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