A NIGTA delegation in the form of Robin Irvine CEO and Joe Gilkinson, Country Compounders Convenor met Minister of Agriculture Michelle O'Neill to discuss issues of concern to the trade. They outlined the background to the current high feed cost and the impact of this, together with problems of fodder shortage and quality, on farm profitability and cash flow. 

Joe Gilkinson, left, Convneor of NIGTA's country compounders sector and Robin Irvine, Chief Executive, NIGTA outlined feed issues to the Minister of Agriculture, Michelle O'Neill.
Joe Gilkinson, left, Convneor of NIGTA's country compounders sector and Robin Irvine, Chief Executive, NIGTA outlined feed issues to the Minister of Agriculture, Michelle O'Neill.

The trade is carrying an extra 40 to 50 Million Pounds of additional credit to farmers and supply business's are under severe pressure. Farmers need help to cope with the increasing volatility in cost and returns and the food chain needs to respond with more support for primary producers. The Minister was supportive of the NIGTA position and agreed that development of financial management skills should be a priority for farmers. She welcomed enthusiastically the Value of Advice initiative and the introduction of the Feed Advisors Register which will enhance the support the trade can provide to local farmers.