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Co. Donegal

Telephone: +353 (0)74 917 1300
Market Leaders in Animal Nutrition Since 1865


Our History

Robert Smyths & Sons, Animal Feed Millers was founded at Canal Basin Mills, Strabane in 1865 by Robert Smyth from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.

When the border was forced between the Republic and Northern Ireland in the 1920s, it was necessary for Smyths to source a premises in Co. Donegal, from which they could care for the Donegal customers.

They purchased a flax mill in Ballindrait and it became known as Swilly Valley Mills. 'Cookquick' Porridge Oats was produced there and distributed throughout the North West.

Under the directorship of Robert Smyth, grandson of the founder, the mill changed with the times and gradually phased out oatmeal production, concentrating more on the production of animal feed compounds for Cattle, Sheep, Pigs and Poultry. 

Donegal Creameries purchased Swilly Valley Mills in 1995 and continued producing feed until it was badly damaged by a fire in 2000.

A nearby mill was purchased in Ballindrait, Daleside Mill, and production continues under the brand name Smyths Daleside Animal Feeds.