Belfast Telegraph

New cattle device targets global markets

By Clare Weir

A Co Tyrone firm has invested £35,000 in developing a new product for the farming and veterinary markets.

Ardboe company Northern Engineering has designed a device that helps ease the process of checking and medicating cows' feet.

Northern Engineering was formed in 2003 by Joe Quinn and his wife Kathleen, to design and manufacture wall-mounted cattle cubicles for the agricultural market.

The company, which employs four people, has since designed and developed a range of products, including the Staircaster product which has been marketed internationally.

The company has invested over £35,000 in the cow tipping crush device and has been offered almost £16,000 of support by Invest NI.

Mr Quinn said the new device reduces stress and has been designed to be adaptable to a number of uses including Caesareans, hair clipping and implanting tags, ensuring appeal to a wide market.

"With Invest NI's support we have been able to move quickly to develop the product and begin marketing it, and are confident that over the next 12 months we will see sales ramp up." Mr Quinn said.

Carol Keery, Invest NI's director of innovation, research and technology added: "Northern Engineering has proved repeatedly that it can pinpoint gaps in the market for new products and apply its technical expertise to developing solutions."