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Miscanthus and oil seed rape straw bedding

Direct farm supplies now stocks Miscanthus and Oil seed rape straw bedding from Fennington Fibres. Miscathus is a super absorbent bedding and is a more sustainable source of horse bedding material.

Miscanthus horse bedding

Fennington fibres pure miscanthus horse bedding

Our original animal bedding is made from 100% pure Miscanthus, harvested straight from the fields of Somerset and provides an environmentally friendly alternative to mainstream bedding. Every year we tweak and perfect the harvesting process to deliver the best crop possible.

We dust extract all our bedding twice to ensure minimal dust is left in the bag. This happens via a XL shaker and air extraction system.

  • Zero chemicals or additives
  • Double dust extracted
  • 20kg bale weight
  • Highly absorbent
  • Biodegradable muck heaps
  • Low maintenance
  • High density bales
  • Clean and easy to use.

Oil seed rape straw horse bedding

Fennington fusion

Our latest horse bedding is a blend of Miscanthus and locally sourced oil seed rape straw. Made up of 2 parts OSR straw and 1 part Miscanthus, it provides a equally effective bedding alternative.

Fusion bedding is dust extracted using the same process and offers a slightly different texture to Fibres. Keeping a small amount of miscanthus in the blend ensures the bedding unpalatable.

  • No additives
  • Double dust extracted
  • 20kg bale weight
  • Highly absorbent
  • Biodegradable muck heaps
  • Low maintenance
  • High density bales
  • Clean and easy to use.
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Leovet horse grooming and care range

Leovet horse grooming and care range

Direct farm supplies is now stocking the Leovet range of horse grooming and  care products.

Leovet horse grooming and care products at direct farm supplies

About Leovet horse grooming and care products

Dr. Ulf Jacoby
Was born in 1939. In 1966, he received his licence as a registered pharmacist. In 1969, he was awarded a Ph.D., and then took on an executive position in research in the pharmaceutical industry. In 1974, he took over his parents’ pharmacy in Lahnau and also started keeping horses and riding in shows. It was his own interest and scientific curiosity, as well as customer demand, which inspired him to start the company leovet, specialising in horse care products.

Worth knowing
Better health for the horse, less work for the rider – that has been the idea right from the start.
Development and manufacture of horse care products at the Lahnau location.
60 products are currently available in the horse care product range, and they are popular all over Europe.
leovet has been selling Cold Pack in German pharmacies since 2004.

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New look at Direct farm supplies

We have recently re furbished our shop area with new vinyl flooring supplied and fitted by local carpet and flooring company Gloucester carpet outlet , this alone has transformed the look and feel of our shop. Direct farm supplies highly recommends Gloucester carpet outlet for all your flooring requirements, they are one of the best Gloucester carpet shops who go above and beyond.

direct farm supplies new look

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Heygates animal feeds

Heygates animal feeds

Heygates animal feeds

Direct farm supplies is now a Heygates animal feeds stockist.

With a range of quality animal feeds for Cattle sheep pigs and horses all bagged in 20kg bags plus feeds for camelids and small animals such as Rabbit.

Direct farm supplies has been looking to expand our range of livestock feeds to suit all budgets and offer more variety to our existing range of animal feeds with a more consistent and reliable animal feed supply.

We will be buying Heygates animal feeds direct from the Heygates mill so we can offer feeds at a more reasonable price without going through a wholesaler.

With a weekly delivery schedule (mondays for us) it is possible for Direct farm supplies to get your animal feed order to you within 10 days.

We may require a minimum order to meet our own minimum order requirements depending on what we’ve already got on order.

Our main supply area is Gloucester with free delivery within 10 miles of our store. For direct delivery of Heygates animal feeds to your farm we would require a minimum order of four tonnes.

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Direct farm supplies at frampton Country Fair

Direct farm supplies at frampton Country Fair

Direct farm supplies attended the Frampton country fair on 11/09/16 and a great day was had by all. We had a display of products from most of our main suppliers who were all happy to help out with promotional material and Banners to display.

Due to the success of the day we will most probably be attending again next year.

Direct farm supplies at frampton country fair

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Frampton country fair

Visit Frampton country fair this year on sunday the 11th september.

Frampton country fair is held in 30 acres of beautiful parkland of Frampton Court Estate, one of the last truly traditional country fairs celebrating all that is great about the countryside and the people who work and live in it.

Over 400 trade stands, three display rings so much to see and do.

Gates will open at 9:00am.

Frampton country fair

http://www.framptoncountryfair.co.uk

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Weighing and EID equipment

Weighing and EID equipment

Weighing and EID equipment (electronic Identification) can streamline the process of recording animal data for farm records, eliminating the need for a clipboard.
Traditionally you would weigh an animal, recording it’s weight against an ear tag number. 

Why use electronic weighing and EID equipment

With an old needle type weighing unit you would usually have to guess the reading as the animal jumped about in side the crush possibly leading to inaccurate information.

Once all of the animals are finished weighing, you then need to enter this information into a farm management system e.g. Farm plan, this takes time.

With a digital weighing system the animals weight is locked within seconds even when jumping about in side the crush with at least 1% margin for error.

If used with an EID tag reader this information can be  recorded and stored on an SD card located inside the EID tag reader.

Not only will the EID tag reader store the animals weight, it will also record other information such as medication, lameness, age and also link mothers with off spring (mothering). This information can be transferred to a computer system either via Bluetooth or by removing the SD card from the EID tag reader.

With a medical record the unit will display whether or not the animal is in a withdrawal period and/or any other notes which were recorded the last time they were scanned.

weighing and EID equipment

How will electronic weighing and EID equipment save me time and money ?

Using the following example you can get an idea of how EID equipment can  benefit you (it is just an example, not based on a real scenario).

Using traditional methods, one member of staff @ £10.00 per hour takes three hours to record 100 head of cattle onto a note pad/clipboard and then another three hours to enter the data collected into a computer system = £60.00 per day. if this is done once a week for six months then this is £60.00 x 4 =£240.00 x 6 =£1440.00 plus 2 or 3 other members of staff who help put the cattle through the crush.

With an EID tag reader with data recording capabilities (Gallagher HR5 £1,599.00 inc vat), the relevant information is recorded at the time of weighing so will take less than an an hour to transfer the data from the reader or the SD card onto a computer. 

If you have already stored an animal onto the EID tag reader then this will take even less time to process.

weighing and EID equipment from Gallagher

Other benefits of EID equipment.

Can record daily weight gains

Lameness record

Information can be downloaded as excel document.

Can be used to notify animal movements with BCMS.

Portable units can be moved around farms easily.

Long reach without reaching into crush or race.