1 October 1999

NEW PRODUCTS

New bull offers desirable traits

DONNANDALE Magnet, said to offer high production and strong all-round type, is the latest bull to be marketed by Green Acres.

A son of Jed from Donnandale Lead Micki, Magnet offers 914kg milk, 30kg fat and 20kg protein. These figures combine with a type merit of 2.82 to give a PLI of £81 and PIN of £73.

Daughters (see pic) are said to have strong, wide rumps, clean-boned legs and well attached fore and rear udders. The bull is also rated as an easy calving sire, according to the company.

Straws cost £18 (01292-670775, fax, 01292-671418).

Flock health book

KEEP your sheep in the best possible health using the Sheep Keepers Veterinary Handbook written by sheep vets Judith Charnley and Agnes Winter and published by Crowood Press.

The book covers how to acquire a healthy flock, routine procedures to keep sheep healthy, common diseases, identifying problems and when to consult the vet.

It is said to be written in a clear, easy-to-follow style, making it suitable for both novices and those with larger or pedigree flocks.

The book costs £18.99 and will be available in book shops or directly from Crowood Press (01672-520320, fax, 01672-520280).

Bulk hopper will keep feeds dry

KEEP food dry with the Bulk Hopper Lamb Feeder, says manufacturer Ritchie.

Suitable for feeding more than 15 lambs at a time, the feeder can be moved between sites on a tractor three-point linkage.

Designed to handle a range of dry feeds, the unit has a full-length hinged lid. The lid can be locked open when filling the 1t capacity gravity feed hopper. When closed, it prevents water getting into the hopper, keeping feed dry, says Ritchie.

The feeder costs £799 (01472-240869, fax, 01472-240868).

Electric hound…

PROTECT property with a guard dog that never tires using the Watchdog – an electronic device that barks like a real dog, says distributor Disklok UK.

The device is said to detect movement around vehicles and through doors, windows and walls with a range of up to 5-6m (16.5-19.5ft. The closer an intruder approaches, the louder the Watchdog barks, according to the company.

It measures 150mm (6in) x 130mm (5in) x 190mm (7in) and plugs into any mains electric socket. The Watchdog costs £49.99 (01257-795100, fax, 01257-795101).