Dungannon man says business deal is good news for dairy sector

Dr Richard Kirkland, left, of Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients and Devenish ruminant nutritionist Stephen Agnew are delighted to bring the new range of feed fat ingredients to NI livestock producers.
Dr Richard Kirkland, left, of Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients and Devenish ruminant nutritionist Stephen Agnew are delighted to bring the new range of feed fat ingredients to NI livestock producers.

The recent formation of Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients as a joint venture between long-established UK family firm Volac and Singapore-based vegetable oil processor Wilmar International is proving good news for the recovering dairy sector and other livestock enterprises.

“The new business combines the nutritional and logistical expertise of two major players on a global scale and provides access to a sustainable source of feed fat supplements,” explained Dungannon man Dr Richard Kirkland, Global Product Manager for Volac Wilmar.

“This combined experience has enabled development of the existing Megalac product to encompass a complete range of feed fat supplements suitable for both ruminant and monogastric species.

“Megalac rumen-protected fat, the world-leading brand manufactured by Volac has been popular with milk producers for over 30 years. A cost-effective means of improving milk yield and fertility, Megalac has now been joined by a range of additional feed fat products each with a specific role in animal production systems.

“For example, the expanded Mega-Fat range now includes three products targeted to enhance milk fat levels while Mega-Energy rumen-protected fat is formulated to give more milk with higher milk solids.”

Continuing, Dr Kirkland affirmed that Volac Wilmar products will be marketed in Northern Ireland by Devenish Nutrition, thus continuing a relationship between Volac and the Belfast-based business going back over two decades.

“What has changed is the sheer range of products now available and of great value right across the livestock sector. The focus had previously been primarily on ruminant nutrition, especially dairy cows, but with the formation of the Volac Wilmar feed fat business, products for the pig and poultry sectors are now a growing part of our portfolio. This includes the Mega-One supplement, an easy-to-handle, solid fat source targeted to increase energy supply for pigs and poultry and which can be used strategically to help improve meat quality in monogastrics.

“Globally, nationally and back home in Northern Ireland the demand is for science-based, sustainable products to help maximise livestock performance and margins.

“Devenish and Volac are briefing farmers, dairy consultants, compounders and vets on the role of Volac Wilmar feed fat products.”