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Wednesday 16 August 2017

€3m feed plant to target dairy market

Teagasc grassland management specialist Michael O'Donovan addresses farmers at a Moorepark open day - he will be a guest speaker at Racket Hall in Roscrea.
Teagasc grassland management specialist Michael O'Donovan addresses farmers at a Moorepark open day - he will be a guest speaker at Racket Hall in Roscrea.
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

A €3M state-of-the-art cubing plant to target the growing dairy feed market is set to begin production at Liffey Mills headquarters in Roscrea.

Pat Ryan, managing director of feed merchants Liffey Mills, explained the company first began working on the idea in 2012 with the end of milk quotas in sight.

"We saw growth potential with farmers moving into dairying in a market that has been stagnant for 30-years," he explained.

Strong growth of up to 30pc was recorded in milk in 2015.

Mr Ryan said previously dairy cows were being fed with quotas in mind but now farmers were aiming to enhance output and solids.

He said they previously had nuts made for their dairy cutomers by an outside contractor.

"We are making ourselves relevant to the customers and we are cutting out a margin," he said.

The plant has the capability of producing 16t of nuts an hour from ingredients such as barley and proteins.


Mr Ryan said all were welcome as they launch the new feed range on Wednesday, January 13 at 8pm in Racket Hall Hotel, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, with grassland research expert Dr Michael O'Donovan from Teagasc among the speakers.

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