Tipperary farmers urged to freeze brand their animals

Anne O'Grady

Reporter:

Anne O'Grady

Farmer Ray Ryan, left, with FRS operator Dan Meehan on Ray’s farm in Aghagurty, Clareen, Birr, County Offaly

Freeze branding is currently in full swing

Freeze branding is currently in full swing. To make life easier farmers should opt for this process of identification for their animals, which makes things run more smoothly on the farm, advises FRS.
Cattle are not always easy to identify and farmers want to be able to identify them at a glance. They need to be able to keep an eye out for animals showing signs of heat or those that may be showing signs of ill health and freeze branding allows the farmer to identify individual animals accurately from a distance.
Ray Ryan is a farmer from Aghagurty, Clareen, Birr County Offaly, and gets his cattle freeze branded through FRS every year without fail. Dan Meehan, an operator with FRS, has been freeze branding Ray’s cattle for quite some time now and the pair have built a great relationship through the work on the farm. Ray is always happy with Dan’s service;
“I get freeze branding done every year and have been getting it done the last 10 to 12 years. I have worked with Dan Meehan who is an FRS operator for a while now and I find him very good, I could not ask for better. He is very timely and very obliging.”
For Ray, getting freeze branding done is essential, as it brings so many advantages with it;
“There are many benefits with getting freeze branding done. For one, for milk recording it is much easier to identify your stock from the pit. Along with this, cows bulling coming in along the lane are easier to identify. It makes things a lot easier when you are in the pit of it.”
At this stage, Ray knows what is involved in the whole freeze branding process from watching it over the years and so is there to give Dan a hand when he comes along to do it. FRS recommends that a second pair of hands are available to help.
“From watching the freeze branding over the years, I know what’s involved in the freeze branding process and I always give Dan a hand to keep my stock stationary and have them in the correct position so Dan can work away easily.”
Ray has been with FRS for years and recommends the service.
“I chose FRS because I have been with them for years and they always provide a great service and I suppose that is all farmers want nowadays. I use FRS for a good few things like relief milking, dehorning and dosing. There service is always great.”
During the freeze branding process a unique number is branded onto the animal’s hind with branding irons which kills the pigment in the hair follicle and the hair grows back white, which then grows with the animal.
There is only one correct way to freeze brand and it needs to be done by a professional.
For more information on freeze branding or if you are looking for a reliable operator contact FRS Roscrea on 0505-21166, or FRS Cahir on 052-744 1598