The Samco System was founded by Samuel Shine in 1997 in Adare, Co. Limerick and is in short “an ingenious system with three machines integrated into one”. The machine sows the seed, sprays the soil with a pre-emergence herbicide and covers the embedded seed with a degradable film. The film is proven to increase soil and air temperature which ensures rapid plant growth in the first six weeks of the plant’s life and also protects the young plant from early frost. This system allows forage and maize grain to be grown successfully in cooler climates.
Our patented Samco System is very successful in many countries today even in warmer climates where the film holds moisture and prevents evaporation. The film we produce has a patented pin holed pattern which has three purposes, it allows trapped air out at the time of laying down the film, the pinholes also let out high temperatures on warm days and yet provide the correct environment for the plant to mature and in turn benefit the farmer with this cost effective high quality feed for milk and beef production.
We believe that the Samco System has in this volatile world, given our clients an opportunity to produce a high energy, high yielding home grown animal feed in regions around the world where it was previously very difficult and in some cases simply impossible.
In 2012, 85 % of maize in Ireland was grown using the Samco System and it is predicted that this will continue to grow after 2015 when milk Quotas are proposed to finish.
Samco has received both national and world wide media coverage over the past number of years, more lately as Samuel signed an agreement in the presence of Minister Simon Coveney and Irish Ambassador to China Mr. Declan Kelleher with Dupont Pioneer in China for the supply of Samco Machines and Film for the Chinese market.
In June 2012, Samco also signed an exclusive agreement with Cavac a large Co-Op in the South of Brittany to supply Samco Machines and film to customers in the Vonde region. The agreement was supported by Enterprise Ireland and Minister Richard Bruton on an Enterprise Ireland French Trade Mission.
The Samco machine has evolved from a 4 row machine, into both a 2 row machine suitable for vegetables and a 6 row version. Production in 2013 also includes an eight row machine to suit the larger acreage markets such as Canada and Russia.
We were delighted on behalf of our team of 40 staff to have been awarded “ Best Exporter of the Mid-West Region 2012” and it has just been announced that Samco has been awarded the “Best Overall Business Award 2013” by Limerick Chamber of Commerce. Samco was also one of the 24 finalists in this Year’s Entrepreneur of the Year with Ernst & Young.
This year 90 % of production was exported to countries such as England, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand, Chile, Russia and Canada.
Samco continues to strive, expand and develop the system to improve the overall production of Maize throughout the world they are now preparing for an increase of 30 % production in 2014.