Walking the supply chain!

NIGTA visitors to the Harbour Commissioner's Office in Belfast for the NIGTA Trade Awareness Course. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
NIGTA visitors to the Harbour Commissioner's Office in Belfast for the NIGTA Trade Awareness Course. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

A trade awareness course, designed particularly for new entrants to the animal feed trade and organised by the NI Grain Trade Association outlined the different elements of the animal feed supply chain from global sourcing of raw materials to feed manufacture and distribution.

The program was centred on the Belfast Harbour area where Joe O’Neill, commercial manager of the Belfast Harbour outlined the vital role of imports with over two million tonnes of feed materials landed at the port every year.

Joe O'Neill, Commercial Manager, Belfast Harbour, speaking at the Harbour Comissioner's office as part of the NIGTA Trade Awareness Course. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Joe O'Neill, Commercial Manager, Belfast Harbour, speaking at the Harbour Comissioner's office as part of the NIGTA Trade Awareness Course. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

This was followed by a tour of the harbour stores and a visit to the MV Bao Lucky – a massive ocean going vessel 
just arrived with her cargo of soya products from South America.

The manufacture of compound feeds came under the spotlight with a feed mill tour and presentations on quality assurance schemes including the world leading Food Fortress program developed in partnership with the Institute of Global Food Security at Queen’s University.

The importance of Research and development was discussed, highlighting the significant investments which had been made to improve feed efficiency and reduce costs of production.

The program concluded with a presentation detailing the role of the trade in reducing the environmental impact of intensive farming through management of greenhouse gas emissions and in reducing the levels of phosphate in our waterways.