Award in the bag for Samco

The Samco Bag Press helped Samuel Shine from Adare in Co Limerick win the Rural Business Category of the recently announced Dairymaster Rural Innovation Awards.
Award in the bag for Samco

Mr Shine said, “Samco’s business idea is to provide farmers with a low cost solution to on-farm storage of high quality fermented feed without the need for drying. The Samco Bag Press is ideal for buffer feeding during the grazing season, storing forage maize, brewer’s grain, chopped sugar beet and other such products.”

Best known for their maize growing machine which sows the seed, sprays the ground with a pre-emergence herbicide, and covers the embedded seed with a degradable film, Samco developed a bag press as an innovative solution for storing moist feed on livestock farms cost effectively.

The air tight storage facilitates fermentation to produce the best quality feed.

The small exposed face of the bag reduces the risk of feed loss, because the feed is less exposed to oxygen than in a traditional type pit or clamp system.

With the Samco Bag Press, you can feed out using a front end loader bucket, or it can be self-fed.

The Samco BagPress can pack up to 120 tonnes per hour, depending on forage type and model of tractor.

It uses bags of 1.5 meter, 2m and 2.4m diameter.

The Bagpress can be operated in conjunction with a crimper.

This year’s inaugural Dairymaster Rural Innovation Awards were presented in three categories.

Recovery Haven won the Community Focused Innovations Category and the overall Dairymaster Rural Innovation Award.

The Recovery Haven centre in Tralee and part-time services in Killarney and Cahersiveen enrich the lives of cancer sufferers and support their family and friends.

They are totally volunteer funded (see www.recoveryhavenkerry.com).

Fresh Extend, owned by Brian Hampton was the winner of the Farm Innovations Category.

Brian owns a fruit farm in Co Armagh and has developed a chemical-free system for extending the shelf life of apples and other fruit.

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