Impressive new grain facility unveiled to tillage farmers at Bretts of Callan

A large gathering of the region’s top grain growers were in attendance at the premises of ISTA member, Brett Brothers of Callan, Co Kilkenny on February 25th, where they were given a full overview and tour of the recently expanded grain handling facility. The impressive facility follows a major capital investment programme at Bretts mill and grain handling facility in Callan, which has created a large increase in milling capacity and a highly efficient grain drying, treatment and storage complex, all overseen by Liam Brett, Operations Director.

Over 45,000 tonnes of grain from certified seed enters the mill as raw material and the balance goes to Flahavans in Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford for the manufacture of their porridge oats.

Chief agronomist, James Irish, outlined to farmers the agronomy policy implemented at Bretts that is fundamental to producing top quality grain. James stated ‘We manage and support our farmers in all aspects of growing grain from seed to when the combine enters the field. Our emphasis is on cost control while ensuring not to compromise on quality’. James also introduced a new software programme ready for rollout among Bretts tillage farmers. The Gatekeeper programme allows for full traceability and instant crop recommendations while maintaining historic individual farm records and past recommendations.

Managing Director, Jimmy Brett said, “Our philosophy goes beyond selling to our customers; we bring solutions both in nutrition and agronomy”. Making reference to Oakpark Foods, which is another part of the Brett business and processes pork and bacon products, partly sourced from their own Sunglen piggery, further demonstrates the Brett commitment to a complete ‘farm to fork’ ethos. “Our grain growers and the Brett businesses are an integral part of the food chain and our model is to add value from farmers’ grain to milling and to Oakpark products on the supermarket shelves in Ireland and in our export markets,” he said.

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Pictured at the tillage open day at Brett Brothers, Callan, Co. KIlkenny are James Irish, Bretts, Dick O'Shea, Teagasc Kilkenny, Patrick Sullivan, Inistioge & Michael Roche, Inistioge. Photo O'Gorman Photography.

11 March 2015