Quinns of Baltinglass celebrates 80 years in business with a top industry award

This year Quinns of Baltinglass celebrate 80 years serving farmers.

Currently employing over 140 people, the Wicklow-based agricultural merchant has become a key player in the industry.

In this landmark year, they are also celebrating winning the Agri-Business Awards “Agricultural Merchant of the Year” title. Businesses were judged on their success, developments and progress made in the last 18 months.

William Quinn from Quinns said it is delighted that in our 80th year we can proudly say we continue to innovate and serve our loyal customer base.

“We would like to thank all our customers, suppliers and staff over the years for making this possible.

“We are now a third generation family business and we are delighted that many of our customer base have grown with us over the decades. Many of the young farmers coming through continue to trade and work with us as their grandfathers did”.

Established by William (Bill) Quinn in Baltinglass in 1936, the opening advertisement ambitiously pitched the business as “A High-Class Bar, Grocery, Provision, Hardware & Seed Business”.

Quinns has grown to become one of the largest privately owned Agriculture merchants in the country.

The company counts six agri-stores in their branch network across four counties;

  • Baltinglass (Co. Wicklow)
  • Avoca (Co. Wicklow)
  • Naas (Co. Kildare)
  • Athy (Co. Kildare)
  • Milford (Co. Carlow)
  • Geashill (Co. Offaly)

Quinns have for many years been regarded as innovators in the Agricultural Economy and have an experienced team of 12 technical advisors to assist farmers on a range of agricultural activities.

With their central grain processing facility in Lewistown, County Kildare processing over 180,000 tonnes of grain annually, Quinns is now one of the largest grain buyers in the country.

As well as this, Quinns Feed mill located in Baltinglass produces over 50,000t of coarse animal feed annually.

Last year, their mill achieved the UFAS (Universal Feed Assurance Scheme) award for excellence in this area. Amongst their other accolades are accreditations from Bord Bia, IGAS, ISO 9000 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management).

Upcoming Events

As part of the aforementioned landmark celebrations, Quinns are hosting two upcoming seminars in what Quinns have called their Expert Series.

The first is focused on Tillage and will take place in the Clanard Court Hotel on Thursday, March 3. The impressive line up of industry experts includes Dr. Tomas McCabe (UCD), Phelim Dolan (Comex McKinnon), Kieran McDonnell (Grassland Agro) and Shay Phelan (Teagasc).

The second Expert Series event is focused on Livestock & Grassland Management and will take place in Lawless’s Hotel, Aughrim Co. Wicklow on Wednesday April 6. The line up of speakers includes Dr. Mary McEvoy (Germinal Seeds) and Joe Burke (Bord Bia).

Both events start at 7pm and all are welcome.