26 March 1999


New bulls join Supersires portfolio

TWO bulls – Istvil and Istar Aero – join the spring line up of breeding company Supersires.

Istvil is a Prelude son out of a Winken daughter – classified Excellent – with high scores for legs, feet and udders. His proof shows 1178kg milk with 30.6kg (-0.24%) fat and 29.4kg (-0.11%) protein with £102 PIN and £108 PLI. Istvil costs £20 a straw.

Also joining the line up is Istar Aero, an Aerostar son offering 886kg milk with 31.7kg (-0.04%) fat and 28.7kg (+0.01%) protein, £109 PIN and £112 PLI. He also scores well for angularity and udder characteristics. Istar Aero costs £24 a straw (01803-862444, fax 01803-862955).

Hygiene improved for broiler drinks

IMPROVED hygiene and water flow-rates are the main features of the Sanistar nipple drinker for broilers, say manufacturers, Sterling.

The drinkers have non-drip cups and the exterior design is not interrupted by brackets, grooves or crevices, which would collect debris says the company. Flow rates can be adjusted up to 65ml/minute and the square supply pipe allows secure fixing of the drinker, causing minimum restriction to the passage of water.

Sanistar drinkers cost from 21p per bird. (01765 605999, fax 01765 608014).

Polymer improves concrete finishes

REPAIR concrete walls and floors in silage pits, effluent tanks and livestock buildings using Agritect Polymer for a smooth, strong, finish.

The resin-based polymer can be used down to a thickness of 4mm (0.15 inch) on floors and walls to seal and resurface eroded concrete.

When mixed as a screed for walls, it increases adhesion of mortars tenfold so easing application, claims the company.

A 25-litre drums is enough to cover up to 25m sq (270ft sq) with a thin coating. Agritect Polymer is available direct or through merchants. It costs from £89 a drum and discounts are available for bulk orders (01282-619601, fax 01282-611376).

No chains for automatic scraper

INSTALL automatic scrapers in a day without the need for chains, wire or pulleys using the Beetle system says equipment supplier Golden M.

Using a small channel cut into concrete floors to guide it along, the Beetle can scrape channels up to 5m (16ft) wide. Each unit is powered by two 12V batteries in the scraper unit which recharge automatically at a docking station at the end of a scraper cycle. A recharging station requires a single phase 240W power supply.

Scraper cycles can be set in the units memory. The unit also stops for hazards including cows. Each unit costs about £6500 and is available direct (01367-718444, fax 01367-718200).

Correction – RENEW grass seed mix from Barenbrug costs £40/25kg pack and not as stated last week (01359-272000, fax 01359-272001).