Posted on Leave a comment

ALCI Feeder picks up Silver at Tullamore Show

John O’Neill (Centre) receiving rosette for second place in the Inventions in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry category at the NATIONAL INVENTION Competitions at Tullamore Show.

Novel Development: Simple system, no hydraulics or electronics, zero labour. Bird proof.

Unique design for the O’Neill ALCI feeder system, easily adjustable by side levers (Seconds). The rotating quadrant design, which is a unique feature, that controls the feed flow from the feed bin to the feed shelf and makes it available in measurable amounts to the animals. 

This novel feature controls the required amount of feed available to the animal.

The feeder is designed to maximise the animal’s natural instinct for feed procurement with the tongue and saliva secretion.

Other Features include:

  • Calibration (To ensure accurate feed delivery)
  • Anti-Clogging (No blockages) 
  • Easily Adjustable (Seconds)
  • Suitable for all types of feed. (Nuts, rough mix, pellets, straights, etc.)
  • Easily filled direct from truck or loading shovel.
  • Reduces the risk of subclinical acidosis.
  • No crowding, no stress, no waste.
  • Existing O’Neill Feeders can be retrofitted with this new design.
  • Ideal for calf rearers, dairy stock, store to beef, etc.
  • Suitable for small and large lots, ideal for full-time farmers or part-time farmers.
  • Trouble-free, ideal for outside farms. Easily moved fully loaded, road compliant.
  • Can be used in sheds or feedlots.

Findings from feed trials carried out in 2018/2019 grass-based system: 

(Can be independently verified)

  • 6 tonne feeder feeds up to 100 cattle.
  • 4 tonne feeder feeds up to 80 cattle.
  • 1 tonne feeder with two 4’ feed faces feeds 65 2/3 month old calves comfortably.
  • 2 tonne feeder would feed 100 calves comfortably.

Existing systems can be seen nationwide by appointment.

Build with hot-dipped galvanised heavy-duty steel chassis frame with trough incorporated. The bin is constructed with heavy-duty galvanised sheets bolted together with stainless steel bolts.

The lid is easy to open to fill with loader bucket and when closed is sealed to facilitate blowing from feed truck. 

Posted on Leave a comment

Video: O’Neill ALCI+ Feeder


I'm James O'Neill from Ballinadee

farming at home here with my father, we're milking 200 cows

we rear 50 replacement heifers
every year. the calves are about 10 weeks

old this stage are being weaned off a milk
and they're getting 2 kilos a ration per day

through the O'Neill ALCI feeder. Finding
great benefits of it it's very labor efficient

no more horsing bags over gates and

the calves are feeding themselves
through the ad-lib feeder we're hoping

to get the calfs to grass in possibly
a week's time there'll be kept on the

ration through ALCI feeder for a couple
of weeks and it can be easily calibrator

to wean and back off the ration as we
want to do so


Posted on Leave a comment

Video: Using the O’Neill ALCI Feeder

Video Transcription below:

My name is Jim Buckley. I’m running a store cattle to beef system with the mostly continental cattle at Kilbrittain in County Cork.

2018 has been a challenging year weather-wise, beautiful weather, beautiful area, but very tough on grass. We had a lot of problems in that regard.

I have been using the John O’Neill ALCI feeder, lick feeder for the last four months on this batch of cattle here.

I’m very very pleased with it. From word go the cattle have been very content, they initially were on about proximately 3 to 4 kilos at per head per day and in the last two weeks I’ve upped that and they’re consuming at the moment between the 8 and 10 kilos a day.

There’s no labour whatsoever.

It’s filled up blown into the into the bin and we have the facility to vary the dispension of it I suppose with the the the feeding rate of it from the tank onto the little feeding shelf and subsequently from the shelf to the animal. So the animal procures the few the feed mostly by a licking movement.

The main advantages of the system are that there’s no labour, no waste and the cattle are very leisurely. They come and go at their own pace.

I have killed a few cattle offered so far and I’m pleased with the with the fat scores and and with the carcass weights

Not so much with the price. I’d have to say.

Posted on Leave a comment

Use the O’Neill Staller to perform your tasks. All you need to hold your Calf.

Here’s what some users on the Irish Farmers Discussion Group on Facebook had to say about the Staller.

I have one and use it for debudding and tagging. It is as strong as the bars you attach it to. Very useful in that you can move it about.

Excellent value and you can store safely when not in use.

It’s a good product that promotes safe systems of work on a farm. That’s my real interest – making farming safer.

Highly recommend this product.

Padraic O’Brien

One of the best purchases I ever made, can tag and dehorn on my own with ease.

Richard Rice

Got one, mighty yoke, fly thru dehorning, carrying it from pen to pen.

Micheal De Roisteo

Have one here for the last couple of years, very easy to move from pen to pen, needs heavy gates to attach it to.

Feardhal Sullivan

Great tool.

Steve Tierney of Bannixtown Limousins

Brillant device also have one of the crates which since I purchased this has been busy rotting away with rust.

Seamus O Lunacy


If you’re a member of this group you can see the conversation here (Note: It’s a closed group.)

Posted on Leave a comment


Taken from Irish Tractor & Agri magazine Vol 3 No 10, November 2015

The award-winning Ballinadee Engineering reached the milestone of 30 years in business in 2015 and the Cork company marked the occasion with the launch of the latest addition to their wide and varied project range – The O’Neill Batch Feed Dispenser – at the Tullamore Show in August.

Ballinadee Engineering’s total dedication to innovation, excellence and quality is reflected in five awards that they have picked up since 1985. Started from humble beginnings by John and Mary O’Neill, the Cork company is synonymous with high quality agricultural and veterinary products in Ireland.

Their outright success at the RDS Spring Show of 1985 in the Premier award for agricultural equipment (National award) category sowed the seeds for the establishment of the company and the husband and wife duo haven’t looked back since.

“I come from a farming background and got involved in engineering,” John revealed in a conversation with Irish Tractor & Agri magazine. “I started my own company in August 1985, 30 years ago, after we won an award at the RDS Spring Show for my Hoofnak product.

“It proved to be a very successful product for us and got the business up and running. We supplied it to a lot of outlets and Co-ops throughout Ireland and exported it to the UK, France and as far away as the United States and New Zealand.

“It is a product that has always been very good to us. We manufactured a set amount every year while this year we’ve manufactured a huge amount of due to the Health & Safety grant. There has been a big increase in demand due to the grant.”

Initially, Ballinadee Engineering operated from a large workshop beside the O’Neill family home in Ballinadee but due to the ever-increasing demand for their products they moved to a much larger premises in 1990.

Nine years later the premises was further expanded by an extra 5,000 square feet bringing the total work area up to 10,000 square feet.

Fitted with the latest manufacturing technology, the company is constantly adapting to changing markets and new trends. They currently have nine full-time employees on their payroll including John and Mary’s children, Catherine, Eoin and Kevin.

Their mission statement reads: “At Ballinadee Engineering our objective is to design and manufacture products that make a real difference to the lives of our customers.”

From concept to finished creation, John has been responsible for introducing a large range of implements to the marketplace.

Their product portfolio includes the O’Neill feeders, cluster dipper, heavy duty water trough, quadtrox, the yardman versatile two way yard scraper, a range of straight, angled and curved scrapers, the hoofnak, cow scratchers, flat-bed pull along trolleys and a wide range of gate fittings to mention but a few.

Then there’s the O’Neill Calf and Sheep Staller which John developed along with his niece Caroline O’Neill who was the outright winner of TG4’s hugely popular ‘Feirm Factor’ series in 2010.

The O’Neill Batch Feeder Dispenser is the latest addition to the O’Neill family stable. For feeding calves, cattle or sheep, the O’Neill Batch Feeder Dispenser can be towed by Quad, 4×4 or tractor and can be mounted on 3 point linkage, on a trailer or on back of open 4×4. It can be filled by loader or auger and boasts a 1/2 tonne capacity.

“We officially launched it on the invention stand in Tullamore,” John explained, “and we are very confident that it will prove to be a success.
“All farmers have troughs but they have to get feed into troughs and that is where this product comes in big time while it can work on any means of transport. We’ve sold some already and the early feedback has been very positive.”

Ballinadee Engineering’s products are designed to make farmers’ lives easier and with a loyal customer base in Ireland and further afield, John is optimistic about what the future holds in store.

“Over the years we have built up good relationships with our export people who keep coming back to us. We supply the service they want and they’re happy with our products. The reason they’re happy is that we went out and researched our products and manufactured them ourselves.

“We went out and researched and developed the products with farming people. Our products help to make farmers’ businesses more efficient. As well as that, we design and manufacture all our own products all under the one roof.”

He concluded: “At the minute business is going very well. We’ve come through a few tough years but, thankfully, the order book is looking very good at this point in time.”

Taken from Irish Tractor & Agri magazine Vol 3 No 10, November 2015

Award winning innovation