Farm Ireland

Thursday 18 January 2018

Homeopaths win landmark licence

Tom Gilmore

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.

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"If we were selling through stores or co-ops it might not always be as easy for the farmer to reach us directly if they need advice on any aspect of our products," he said.

The firm is examining the possibility of having four of its products available over the counter in the future as they are homeopathic remedies which would rarely, if ever, need any back-up service.

"It is far easier to administer homeopathic remedies as all one needs to do in most instances is mix our products with the drinking water used by the animals," he says.

The products stay in the drinking trough for four days. They fall to the bottom and are agitated every time the ball cock of the trough is lowered to a level which allows in fresh water.

Products such as 'Rido Scour' for helping deal with white scour in calves and 'Ridomast' for dealing with mastitis in cows are among their most popular products.

The company recently got the world-wide patent for its 'Super Crop' organic fertiliser which is a mix of homeopathic remedies and is seaweed based.

Irish Independent