Industry Partners

Our co-product suppliers are an essential part of our business. Increasingly, there is an awareness that effective co-product management is critical to our suppliers’ operations. This needs to be managed in a fashion that maximises value and ensures compliance with EU directives, Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine regulations as well as all applicable environmental laws. Although essential, these requirements are onerous and take time away from dealing with the supplier’s core activities. Specialist Nutrition can deliver the required solutions by managing the following for all co-products:

Logistics

This is the corner stone of our business. We offer a round the clock logistics service with the most competitive rates.

All our hauliers are TASCC accredited. TASCC regulates the code of practice for all haulier conduct on and off site to ensure feed quality integrity is maintained from supplier to farm.

We comply with site codes and rules in each individual manufacturing plant. Through induction, ongoing training courses and co-operation with supplier stakeholders, we integrate our staff and hauliers into the various codes of practice on each site.

Traceability & Risk Management

Specialist Nutrition is approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine as a retailer of co-products.

We are also UFAS accredited and approved by Bord Bia under their Feed Quality Assurance Scheme. Together with our FEMAS accredited suppliers and TASCC hauliers, we have a fully integrated feed quality assurance scheme.

Our in-house SAP ERP system is designed to facilitate tracing all deliveries from supplier to farm.

We ensure full monitoring of EPA approved waste facilities for non-feed co-products. All waste contractors carry the relevant waste collection permits.

We offer a full nutrition advisory service to all farmer customers, ensuring that any co-product sent to farm is properly stored and used.

Specialist Nutrition is fully audited by all various approval bodies (DAFM, Bord Bia, UFAS).

Site rules and WOWS are agreed and documented with each site.

As Ireland’s largest and only national industry co-product service provider, Specialist Nutrition has extensive technical expertise, experience and resources.

Marketing

Specialist Nutrition are leaders in the marketing of alternative feeds. Our in-house marketing team manages the sales and marketing campaigns for all of our feed products.

Our sales strategy is to sell all co-product as part of a nutritional package, which builds security for the factory and guarantees off-take.

We give a monthly update to our suppliers on prevailing market trends, which effect the demand and price of co-products.

Administration

We tailor our administration to the needs of the supplier. Our SAP ERP system facilitates monthly reconciliation and reporting of quantities and values on a product by product basis in accordance with agreed reporting deadlines.

Suppliers are paid strictly in accordance with agreed terms.

We provide assistance at times of audit (DAFM/FEMAS) for all our suppliers.

Research & Development

We are continuously looking at innovative ways of handling co-products, which will increase their value and reduce their disposal costs, thereby providing a greater return for the supplier.

Feeding trials

We conduct trials both on farm and with research institutes to establish and enhance the value of our feed products both existing and new.

Biofiltation

Biomass crops are useful in the disposal of some industry wastes that have a fertiliser value and are not of an injurious nature. We have access to Biomass crops especially for low dry matter liquids.

Composting

We collaborate with two very large composters to dispose of any wastes, which have no feed or fertiliser value. Composting has the advantage of removing the waste product from the farming environment (e.g. land-spreading) for recycling.

Product blends

We continually look at increasing the value of co-products by conducting trials where co-products are blended with other feed products.

Biodigestion

Specialist Nutrition have collaborated with research scientists in University College Galway to look at the value of various feed substrates and usefulness for digestion.