Agri success

Germinal shortlisted for two national agri-business awards

Noel Dundon

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Germinal shortlisted for two national agri-business awards

Dermot Campion, Germinal

Germinal Ireland, situated just outside the Horse and Jockey, has been shortlisted in two categories for this year’s National Agribusiness Awards -the winner will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, November 17th at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

Germinal, formerly Germinal Seeds, have been shortlisted for Agribusiness of the year in the Crops category and for Agribusiness of the year in the Merchant category.

According to Germinal Ireland’s General Manager, Moyne man Dermot Campion who joined the company in 2001, “For too long grass and forage crops were seen as minor details in the overall picture of crop production. Grass has traditionally not been viewed as a crop, but is in fact the most efficient crop a farmer can grow from a productivity and efficiency perspective. Germinal has been instrumental in changing this message and farmers are getting rewards from what they can produce from home grown forage. To be shortlisted in the crops category is testament to this message.”

Germinal Ireland started in 1983 and since then the business has evolved and grown through many stages of development and overseen extensive development and installation of seed storage and processing facilities. The 11 acre site at Horse and Jockey - the Republic of Ireland headquarters - contains 22,000 tonnes of storage capacity with the vast majority of the twenty two employees drawn from the immediate locality.

Supplying seeds of all varieties on a whoselsale basis, Germinal counts Centenary Co-Op as one of it's biggest customers with the likes of Glanbia, Dairygold, Kerry Co-Op, Bretts and Liffey Mills also featuring high in their order books.

"Most of the seed we supply would be used locally and throughout Munster. We supply grass seeds of all varities and cereals such as wheat, barley and oats," Dermot said this week.

Dermot also highlighted that investment, coupled with the companys involvement in grass and clover breeding at the Welsh based Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) and the AFBI plant breeding station in Armagh, has given them the capacity to grow into the market leading company not only in terms of market share, but also service, knowledge, research and innovation.

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories and it is a reflection of the effort put in by all the team here in Germinal. Any time you are nominated for a national award is very nice because it is recognising that you are doing a good job," Dermot says.

For over thirty years Germinal have been running a seed cleaning and testing facility in their on–site licensed seed testing station. This facility is audited regularly by the Soil Association, the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) as well as own internal quality management system.

Analyst in charge, Mark Hawley, runs otheir own dedicated laboratory and is a vital asset to the company. Mark and his assistant analyst Catherine Haines ensure that each Germinal product distributed to customers is of the highest standard. Working closely with their in–house teams and through liaison with their warehouses, samples from the cleaning plant are regularly tested in order to ensure the quality of seed is consistently high. Regular germination tests are carried out on all of certified grass seed.

As part of Germinals expansion and innovation initiative they are opening very specialist services to customers. The laboratory staff will apply their expert knowledge to customers external samples sent for testing. They welcome any type of testing, from official samples for statutory testing to standard germination and purity updates.

Germinal are licensed to test the following species of seed: Alsike Clover, Barley, Trefoil, Festulolium, Fine Leaved Sheeps Fescue, Fodder Kale, Hard Fescue, Hybrid Ryegrass, Italian Ryegrass, Meadow Fescue, Oats, Perennial Ryegrass, Red Clover, Red/Chewings Fescue, Rye, Sheeps Fescue, Swede, Swede Rape (Inc. Oilseed Rape), Tall Fescue, Timothy, Turnip, Turnip Rape, Wheat and White Clover.

Germinal Holdings Limited was founded in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1825. Since then, the company has spearheaded some of the most groundbreaking work in seed development and has led the way in major contributions to the farming and amenity industries. It is now the largest family owned British and Irish Forage & Amenity Seed Company.

Direct descendants of the original founder Samuel McCausland still work in managing Germinal today