The IFA, more specifically its Grain Committee, have recently been involved in a study carried out by Boortmalt Ireland. The aim of the feasibility study is to help source new areas for growing low protein barley in Ireland.
The company undertook said study in order to support their building of a new plant on its current site in County Kildare. The aim is to produce an extra 40,000 tons of malt for the company.
This would mean the necessity for an extra 45/50,000 tons of low protein malting barley, 8.8% to be exact.
Currently Barley is grown mainly in Wexford, Kildare, Laois, Wicklow and Carlow. Although the study is also checking areas in Dublin, Meath, Louth, Cork, Waterford, Tipperary and Offaly for suitability.
This expansion would represent the first in the malting industry in over half a century.
A final decision has yet to be made, although it could be made by the end of the year.
The IFA’s Grain Committee will continue to support the company, and it could mean purchases of malting barley increase by almost 200,000 tonnes.