Millstream Recycling LTD design excess food solutions for their factory partners, collect the excess food and transport it back to their facility where it is processed into a rich animal feed.
Established in 1995, the business – headquartered at Clohamon Mills, Bunclody, Co. Wexford – have two new by-product feeds - namely MillRich Confectionery and MillRich Sweet Cake - both high in an uncommon combination of starch; sugar and oil.
The Irish-surplus food recycler signed a distribution deal with SugaRich - a company in the UK with an almost identical business model to Millstream’s - to sell their feeds in Ireland.
The agreement marks a substantial increase in the quantity of by-product feeds – with guaranteed availability - now available to Irish beef, dairy, sheep and pig farmers, mills and merchants
"Both products really evoke the senses with their fine dry texture and sweet smell - animals love them and by backhauling the high dry-matter products from the UK, Millstream were able to further cut costs." Charlie Hogg - Head of Procurement at Millstream Recycling said.
“Due to our countries’ low population, there is relatively little surplus food available for feed yet there has always been great demand for our low cost, high feed value products.” Charlie added.
“The UK was an obvious choice due to its proximity to Ireland. With a 60m person population, there compared to just a 4m population here, there’s obviously going to be a lot more supply of downgrade food material.”
Products & Advantages
The dry and free-flowing milled products are composed of a consistent blend of chocolate; sweets; cakes; pastries and muffins, according to Charlie Hogg - Head of Procurement at Millstream Recycling.
Advantages over standard meals include:
- Low-cost substitute - to meals and cereals which can be easily fed alongside forage.
- Cooked products are highly digestible - the animal can utilise more of the product – less waste encourages higher intake and more weight gain
- Various Energy Sources – helps to ensure there is available energy for rumen bacteria
- Very palatable due to high sugar contents - this helps drive intakes to increase milk and meat production. (15% Sugar)
- No processing fees - The feed is ready to use when it arrives on-farm
- High Energy Density - Sweet Cake and Confectionery have 10% higher energy density than ground maize. 15.5mj/kg;
- High in Oil - Sweet Cake and Confectionery contain over €65 worth of oil. Gives a great shine to the animal's coat(9% Oil)
- Improves M/D of diets – aiming for 12MJ/Kg DM in a dairy diet most commercial diets fall below this unless expensive fats are added to improve the density.
- GMO-free - Suitable for certain supermarket contracts.
“Up until recently only a small percentage of farmers in the country were using these by-product feeds, this untapped reserve of supply from the UK has given us a major increase in sales. Our goal is to make this as mainstream as it is in the UK.”
“In the UK, It's commonplace to feed surplus food derived feeds due to the much larger availability of supply. If farmers are looking to reduce costs and increase performance, they should consider by-product feeds.” Charlie concluded.
“We are trying to revolutionise the feed industry here by making more by-products available to farmers and bringing down their cost of production, with many meals at €300+/t, switching to alternative feeds is a no brainer,” Charlie told That’s Farming.
What most farmers don't realise is that in most cases they can substitute the meal they feed their animals with these products. They should be fed alongside forage.
These feeds have been tried and tested for decades in the UK and with many large farmers in Ireland having already made the switch they are seeing their monthly feed bill coming down and their livestock performing exceptionally well, a perfect combination in the current market environment.
Charlie explained there is a lot of red tape associated with a business of this nature. He notes documentation, regulations, large capital investment and a limited supply of surplus food in Ireland as some of the major obstacles.
“In a highly regulated industry, Millstream are rigorously audited by numerous different bodies, it ensures nothing but the best service to our suppliers and feed quality to our customers,” Charlie explained.
Both MillRich Confectionery and MillRich Sweet Cake are available in 28-tonne loads delivered to Farm Yard in bulk at €249/tonne and €243/tonne, respectively; MillRich Sweet Cake can be purchased in small quantities – a 1-tonne bag –for €258/tonne ex store.
For more information, contact Charlie - 087 9494285 or see here.
Image source: Millstream Recycling LTD