Kevin Forde hears from Kiernan Milling, who are the main sponsors of the ploughing in Granard.
Kiernan Milling, a family-run operation based in the heart of Granard, have been announced as the overall sponsors for the 85th annual Longford ploughing championships. The sponsorship coincides with the 40th anniversary of the founding of Kiernan Milling, after it was founded by three pig farmers in 1979.
“Kiernan Milling are delighted to be able to sponsor the 85th County Longford Ploughing Championship as this year we are celebrating our 40th year in business,” Garreth Carroll, business manager of Kiernan Milling told the Leader.
“Back in 1979 when we produced our first tonne of pig feed, we didn’t think it would lead us to where we are today.”
The venture was one first started by Buddy Kiernan, Pat Hanly and Benny Maguire, under the name HKM, as a way for the farmers to provide themselves with a high-quality feed to help grow both their stock and businesses. Throughout the years, the operation has grown bigger and better, entering the poultry feed market. In 2007, they progressed even further with the acquisition of Stewart’s Animal Feeds, a ruminant brand which they have since developed and grown throughout Ireland.
Over the years, the team have invested heavily in the mill, incorporating the latest in milling equipment and technology to ensure only animal feed of the highest quality is produced.
Garreth said: “We are excited about the next phase of our development, which is the addition of a new mill that will open later this year with a capacity to produce an additional 200,000 tonnes. However our progression would not be possible without our loyal staff, many of which live in the Granard area or surrounding communities.”
The team at Kiernan Milling also wished to thank the support of their many customers over the past four decades and vowed to continue providing them with the high quality produce they know and love.
“We would also like to acknowledge and thank our many customers both locally and nationally for their loyalty and support over the last 40 years.”
“We hope you have an enjoyable ploughing and we look forward to meeting you throughout the day,” Garreth concluded.