Firms step up to support 45th anniversary sale

The champion animals at the Simmental Club's elite sale will receive feed sponsored by AN Irwin and Sons. Ian Cummins, centre, from Irwins Feed, discusses the various coarse rations available for pedigree beef cattle with committee members Keith Nelson and Leslie Weatherup.
The champion animals at the Simmental Club's elite sale will receive feed sponsored by AN Irwin and Sons. Ian Cummins, centre, from Irwins Feed, discusses the various coarse rations available for pedigree beef cattle with committee members Keith Nelson and Leslie Weatherup.

Local businesses AN Irwin and Sons and T-Met have pledged their support for the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s forthcoming anniversary show and sale.

Celebrating 45 years of Simmental breeding in the UK, the Elite Female Show and Sale will be conducted by Taaffe Auctions at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Saturday 5th September.

Looking forward to the Simmental Elite Female Show and Sale are committee members Andrew Clarke, left, and Joe Wilson, right, with Chris Traynor from T-Met, one of the sponsors of the anniversary event.

Looking forward to the Simmental Elite Female Show and Sale are committee members Andrew Clarke, left, and Joe Wilson, right, with Chris Traynor from T-Met, one of the sponsors of the anniversary event.

Family-owned feed manufacturer and miller AN Irwin and Sons based at Stilloga Mills in Eglish, near Dungannon, dates back to 1847. Over the years the company has built up a reputation for producing a wide range of high quality rations for beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats and horses.

Managing director Kenneth Irwin said: “We follow a blueprint for animal growth, health and performance. It’s important to look beyond the protein, oil and fibre content of a ration, as feeding values come from numerous and varied sources. It’s all about selecting the right ingredients and getting the balance right.”

Research and a substantial investment in technology has played a pivotal role in the successful development of Irwins Feed in recent years. Cereals can be cooked on-site, and rations can be supplied as course feed or in cubes.

Irwins Feed coarse rations have been fine-tuned, and are a firm favourite with pedigree beef cattle breeders throughout the country. The highly palatable rations include cooked cereals and have been developed to increase feed intake, reduce acidosis and lameness, and improve feed conversion and growth rates.

Established in February 2000, T-Met is at the forefront of recycling and exporting scrap metal in Northern Ireland.

The company has depots in Armagh, Mallusk, Campsie and Coleraine, and collects and processes a wide range of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

All depots are equipped with the latest scrap metal handling machines and processing equipment. T-Met also offers a variety of collection services including roll-on bins and skips.

T-Met complies with regulations outlined by the NI Environment Agency, and operates a large network supplying recycled metal to domestic and international markets.

Catalogues for the NI Simmental Club’s forthcoming sale are available from Taaffe Auctions tel: 00353 41 9881288. Alternatively, log on to www.taaffeauctions.com, or www.britishsimmental.co.uk.