Draynes Farm, Lisburn

A herd of 120 Holstein Friesian cows – soon to rise to 180 – is at the very heart of the Draynes Milk business, located on the outskirts of Lisburn in County Antrim.

“Our company has always been underpinned by the production and processing of milk from our own cows,” confirmed Martin Drayne.

“It’s our intention to source as much home produced milk as possible.”

As part of a major investment programme at the farm, the Drayne family has recently overseen the building of a new cubicle shed and the installation of two Lely robots. The decision was taken to go with a solid floor in the new shed, which left Martin with the challenge of working out how best to transfer the slurry to an outside separator and above ground slurry tank.

“We opted for a scraping system and the installation of a Moore Concrete Slurry Channel along three sides of the house,” Martin confirmed.

“The new shed and robots were commissioned a number of months ago and the good news is that everything is working perfectly,”

Moore Concrete’s John Callaghan was a recent visitor to the farm.

“The Slurry Transfer Channel reduces the need to agitate slurry inside buildings,” he explained.

“Our spigot/socket system produces a tight joint, which can be sealed with a polyurethane sealant.  The extremely smooth finish allows the free flow of slurry to the holding tank.

The new Slurry Channel System at Draynes Farm is covered with tractor bearing diagonal cover slats. This is both easy on cows’ feet and allows the efficient transfer of the slurry from the surface down to the channel system below.

John Callaghan concluded:

“A Slurry Channel System is the most effective way to transfer slurry from a shed with a solid floor to a reception tank and then on to an aboveground storage system. Our units are growing in popularity with dairy farmers throughout Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.”