Grain Growers Assemble at Brett Brothers for Open Day


Tillage Open Day

Pictured at the Tillage Open Day at Brett Brothers, Callan, Co. Kilkenny were Jimmy Purcell, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Robert Raftice, Danesfort, Co. Kilkenny, Jimmy Brett, Managing Director Brett Bros., and Liam Aherne, Grange, Co. Tipperary

Grain growing customers of Brett Brothers assembled in Callan on Wednesday 25th February for an open day showcasing the considerable investment and operations that are takling place within the company.

Managing director Jimmy Brett told those assembled that the company purchased 45,000 tonnes of wheat and barley directly from growers last havest and that they had led the way on price when they paid €140/tonne for green barley.  This grain forms the basis of the 140,000 tonnes of animal feed produced, with about 50,000 tonnes of this going as pig feed, which is over 50% native grain.  The company hopes to increase capacity to over 200,000 tonnes in the coming years.  It also takes in 9,000 tonnes of oats for Flahavans annually.

There are a number of arms to the Brett Brothers business and there has been considerable investment in recent years.  The company has increased its grain handling and storage capacity from about 12,000 tonnes in the 1980's to over 50,000 tonnes today.  The last grain store with 20,000 tonnes capacity was just completed in time for last harvest and can hold either dried or conditioned grain.  Grain handling capacity at the Callan site is now 200 tonnes/hour.

Bretts also produces pigs, with 1,500 sows producing 39,000 pigs per annum.  The intention here is to increase this output up to 50,000 pigs per year.  Brett Brothers Ltd plans to add value and its Oakpark Foods plant in Cahir, which processes pigmeat, increased its capacity by 250% recently following a €2.5m investment.  It is now selling about 3 million rashers per week, much of which are exported.

Grower support and husbandry are important and Brett Brothers intends to roll out the Gatekeeper record system to all its growers shortly.  It is also actively involved in improved soil nutrition through precision farming technology and prescription nutrient application.

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Contact details

Brett Brothers Ltd.,
Co. Kilkenny.
Tel: 056-7755300

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