PHILIP Hoynes, a steel fabricator by trade, is now building a better future by taking forward the family dairy farm in Co Kilkenny.
“We have been in milk here for at least three generations so even when the general economy was booming helping with the cows was part of my daily routine,” explained Philip. “A year away working around Australia only confirmed that coming home to farm full time was what I really wanted to do. Towards the close of 2014 we went ahead with plans for a new 20 point Pearson parlour, collection yard and additional cow accommodation.”
A dairy unit that impresses with its attention to detail and practical design based on a sequential bailing system with cows at 90 degrees in 2ft 3” spaces for ease of control. Complete with variable speed milk pump, variable speed vacuum pump and auto wash system the parlour was build by Philip to a very high standard.
Though he points out that this was very much a team effort with great support coming from his parents Gerard and Julie, plus the part time help of student younger brother Simon as well as his sister Emma, when time allows.
Since coming back three years ago to farm full time and develop the new dairy unit Philip has gradually expanded the Holstein Friesian herd by as milk quotas passed into history.
Putting these larger numbers through the new parlour has been made simpler by also installing PipeFeeder in parlour feeders from Dutch company Hanskamp.
Specialising in ‘Innovation for dairy farming’ the Hanskamp design engineers have provided a practical and cost effective solution to a common problem in the parlour. That of cows finishing their feed, before they have finished milking and slowing milk release as they become unsettled seeking more concentrates.
Instead the PipeFeeder keeps cows content, the milk flowing and noise levels down by ensuring small amounts of concentrate are dropped in front of the cow until the clusters are ready to come off.
Milk from grass is the basis of Philip’s herd management with only 500kg of concentrates fed per cow per lactation. Thus the Hanskamp PipeFeeder ensures no meal is wasted as only the allocated amount for each milker is fed in small amounts right throughout milking.
The PipeFeeder is made of robust stainless steel with concentrates contained in the steel pipe. The ingenious dosing system built into the bottom minimising the noise of pellets falling on metal. Manufactured to suit all major makes of parlour and with motor housing on offer in black, red, blue or green the Hanskamp PipeFeeder is proving very popular with progressive farmers.
However, for Philip Hoynes the PipeFeeder had one extra key attraction when the parlour was being built. “It is extremely flexible as regards suiting parlours of varying heights and width as well as being easy to install.”
One of the very first in this country to opt for the Hanskamp PipeFeeder Philip sees it as a good investment when it comes to containing feed costs, saving time in the parlour and keeping cows quietly content.