Ashley Neely found her niche in the equine market by launching the first mobile equine faecal egg
counting business in Northern Ireland.
Based in Enniskillen, Ashley’s business EFEC Nutrition is a yard-based faecal egg counting service which diagnoses worm burden in equines and offers owners nutritional advice to help keep their horses in perfect health.
As a part of her business, Ashley delivers talks and demonstrations to horse owners and riders on a range of topics including the science of parasitology and general equine nutrition. She’s also had the opportunity to represent EFEC Nutrition at various specialist equestrian shows and events across Northern Ireland, including the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) equine technology showcase event.
In August 2016, EFEC Nutrition celebrated a successful first year of business and, having already built up a strong reputation within the industry, Ashley now has plans to expand.
Currently, the 22-year-old is studying with the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA) to obtain her SQP qualifications. Once achieved, EFEC Nutrition will also be offering faecal egg counting in farm animals such as sheep and cows.
Studying at Reaseheath helped me gain the knowledge and practical skills to start out in the equine industry. Thanks to the support of my lecturer Dawn Gale and her passion for parasitology, I found my gap in the Northern Irish market.