The Irish Grain and Feed Association (IGFA) is the representative body of the grain and feed industry and is recognised by Government as the official voice of the industry. The Association embraces four categories of members:
|Animal Compound Feed Manufacturers|Grain Merchants |Grain and Ingredient Importers and Traders| Suppliers to the Industry|
Animal compound feed is the largest input to agriculture. The volume of production annually is approximately 3.7 million tonnes with an estimated value of over 1 billion euro. The degree of use of animal compound feeds is a barometer of the productivity of livestock production and it is a significant factor in the production of wholesome food products for the home and export markets.
The Association provides an information/reference facility for members on an ongoing basis. It maintains and continually updates its store of knowledge on all aspects of the industry. It co-ordinates inputs from technical, legal, public relations and other advisors in promoting and safeguarding the interests of its members.
The Association is a member of FEFAC who are the major Federations representing the industry in Brussels.
The Association maintains contact with advisory and research bodies, farmer organisations and the media.
As part of its calendar of events, the Association organises the Annual Feed Forum. Speakers from Ireland and several overseas countries address the Forum on new developments in animal feed compounding and related issues.
The principal officers of the Association are: President: Tim Lennon, Chairman, Feed Committee: Tim Lennon, Chairman, Grain Committee: Michael Phelan, Director: Deirdre Webb.