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Irish Therapy Dogs team visit RED MILLS

We were delighted to host to host such an enthusiastic group of young handlers here at RED MILLS, to give them an insight into the workings of our factory, and the care and attention that goes into making all of our dog foods. Huge thanks to Cillian, Catherine and Sophie for writing such a great piece about their experience, and we hope to see more of the ITD team at Goresbridge again very soon.

“On Monday the18th of February, the junior members of Irish Therapy Dogs went to visit Connolly’s Red Mills factory in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny.

We were delighted to host to host such an enthusiastic group of young handlers here at RED MILLS, to give them an insight into the workings of our factory and the care and attention that goes into making all of our dog foods. Huge thanks to Cillian, Catherine and Sophie for writing such a great piece about their experience, and we hope to see more of the ITD team at Goresbridge again very soon.

“When we arrived, we went up to the conference room. William Connolly gave us a very interesting presentation on how the factory started and how it has grown to date.  He told us a story of how they now make camel food for a champion camel racer in Qatar! After the presentation, we had sandwiches and a cup of tea, and William gave us all a goodie bag, with dog treats, dog food and a lovely picnic blanket.

After lunch we went on a tour of the factory, we learned about how the farmers bring the grain to the factory and the strict guidelines for it being used as horse meal. After a great tour at Gorsebridge, we hopped on the bus and went to Woodenbridge, this is where they make the dog food! When we arrived at the factory, the first thing we had to do was wash our hands and put on protective gear so that we would not contaminate anything. We saw how the machinery could cut nuggets into bone and heart-shaped meal depending on whether it was cat or dog food. We also saw the machinery bag the dog meal and tie it, it was amazing, as the factory was fully automated. They told us that one of the biggest challenges they have is pest control. The tour around the dog food factory was very educational and enjoyable.”

‘Thank you William for showing us around your factory and making the trip so interesting and enjoyable’ – Cillian, ITD Junior

‘We had a great time meeting everyone and seeing all the machines. Everyone was so kind in the factory and there was a LOT of pet food. Red Mills sells to 73 countries worldwide’Catherine, ITD Junior

‘We got to see how they make food for different animals and saw the different conditions that the food has to be stored in. It was an interesting and educational day.’Sophie, ITD Junior

For more information about Irish Therapy Dogs and the very important work they do, click here

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