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,”