The animal feed trade has united behind a scheme which is delivering major improvements to the security of Northern Ireland's most important industry.  The food chain is a safer place as a result of the Food Fortress program now in operation with all the main feed manufacturers in the province. 

According to Robin Irvine who manages the program on behalf of the feed trade “There are now 47 feed producing companies participating in the scheme and we have the most comprehensive program of animal feed monitoring anywhere in the world” 

Professor Chris Elliott, right, from Queens University is delighted to launch the new branding for Food Fortress as 47 companies representing 99.9% of the animal feed trade in Northern Ireland are now participating in the scheme. Also included is Robin Irvine,  who is managing the scheme on behalf of the trade. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Professor Chris Elliott, right, from Queens University is delighted to launch the new branding for Food Fortress as 47 companies representing 99.9% of the animal feed trade in Northern Ireland are now participating in the scheme. Also included is Robin Irvine, who is managing the scheme on behalf of the trade. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Introducing the new logo and brand imagery Robin said “The Food Fortress is now established as the badge of safer feed and our challenge to the businesses further along the food chain is to recognize and promote the fact that livestock produced through our quality schemes here in Northern Ireland has added value in terms of its provenance. This is a scheme which differentiates our product and gives us an advantage over our competitors.

Professor Chris Elliott, left, from Queens University is delighted to launch the new branding for Food Fortress as 47 companies representing 99.9% of the animal feed trade in Northern Ireland are now participating in the scheme. Also included is Robin Irvine,  who is managing the scheme on behalf of the trade. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Professor Chris Elliott, left, Queens University and Robin Irvine, NIGTA who is managing the scheme on behalf of the trade with the new Food Fortress logo. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The program was established as a partnership between Queens University, Belfast and the Northern Ireland Gain Trade Association and has been supported by Invest NI through its Collaborative Network program.                   

 “Queens, through the Institute of Global Food Security brought the most up to date technology to our program and helped us develop a practical solution to the challenge of managing the risks in feed production.  – But it is the support from local feed businesses which is the key to success. They were quick to appreciate that a cooperative approach to testing and sharing results would give a vastly greater level of assurance than could be achieved by any individual company. The fact that 99.9% of commercial feed production is covered by our strategic program of sampling and analysing for the main contaminants means that we have an accurate monthly picture across the province and across the range of feeds produced.”

The success of the program has been recognised by DARD who are responsible for enforcing the EU feed regulations in the province and by both the Farm Quality Assurance Scheme for Beef & Lamb and the broiler chicken sector who have adopted the scheme as a requirement of their feed supply .

Food Fortress Members

A Hyde Farm Feeds

Crumlin

A. N. Irwin & Sons

Eglish

Ardaragh Livestock Feeds

Newry

Ballinaskeagh Grains Ltd

Banbridge

Boyd Feeds

Clogher

Capper T rading

Dungannon

Carland Mill

Dungannon

Carton Group

Co Cavan

Chestnutt Animal Feeds

Ballymoney

Connon General Merchants

Ballymena

Corby Rock Mill

Co Monaghan

CR Supplies

Larne

Cyril Watters

Aughnacloy

Devenish Nutrition Ltd

Belfast

Ergana Corn Mill

Kilrea

Fane Valley

Omagh/Newry

FS Herron Ltd

Castlewellan

G. E. McLarnon & Sons

Randalstown

Gortavoy Feeds & Farm Supplies Ltd

Pomeroy

James Glover & Sons Ltd

Crossgar

John Bell

Keady

John Thompson & Sons Ltd

Belfast

Joseph Walls Ltd

Hilltown

Kilcross Feeds

Crumlin

L. W. Surphlis & Son Ltd

Newtownstewart

M Beattie & Son Ltd

Newtownstewart

Mackin Animal Feeds

Newry

Manola Farm Supplies Ltd

Ballymoney

Masons Animal Feed Ltd

Portadown

McGuckian Milling Company

Cloughmills

Moores Animal Feeds

Broughshane

North Antrim Country Stores

Ballymoney

North Armagh Feeds

Portadown

R & J Lyness Ltd

Moira

Robert Clarke (Keady) Ltd

Keady

Robin Rainey & Sons Ltd

Randalstown

S McConnell & Sons

Kilkeel

S.H. Coleman Ltd

Glarryford

South Down Feeds) Ltd

Rathfriland

Strabane Mills Ltd

Artigarvan

T. J. Booth

Ballygawley

Taggart Jack

Ardstraw

Taylors (Fyfin) Ltd

Strabane

Thomas Hutchinson & Sons Ltd

Coagh

Tullyherron Farm Feeds Ltd

Mountnorris

United Feeds Ltd

Belfast/Dungannon

R J Rutledge General Merchants

Castlederg