Homeopaths win landmark licence
A GALWAY homeopathic firm, already successfully exporting animal health products to England, expects to do likewise across Europe after being the first in Ireland to be granted a Veterinary Manufacturer's Licence by the Irish Medicines Board (IMB).
IMB confirmed that Galway Homeopathics is the first to be licensed as a veterinary homeopathic manufacturer in Ireland.
The company, which employs 12 at its headquarters in The Mall, Tuam, Co Galway, and a further 12 sales agents around Ireland as well as two in the UK has come a long way from when it was set up as a cottage industry in the home of Kevin and Bridget McHugh in 1989.
It now has 10 animal health products on the market and one of its most successful is a three-in-one homeopathic remedy for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD).
Other products manufactured by the company include multi-mineral trace elements for livestock and bloodstock, and the 'Hoof Klenz' hoof cleansing footbaths for all cloven-hoofed animals as well as its 'Air Klenz' air cleaning product.
"All our products are designed and manufactured here in Tuam and we are delighted to have got the veterinary manufacturer's licence from the Irish Medicines Board," said Kevin McHugh.
The company's products are sold all over the 32 counties but over 95pc of its sales are direct to farmers.
While Kevin says the firm has been approached by most of the major farming co-op stores in Ireland, they have decided to continue dealing directly with farmers and others in agri-related business.