Over the years we've naturally gravitated towards product suppliers who meet rigorous standards based on chemical-free ingredients, ethical sourcing, and a commitment to low environmental impact and sustainability. This has led us to one trading house in particular who not only supply our herbs, but also grow many of them especially for us - Organic Herb Trading Company (OHT).
OHT ensure that their growers are risk-assessed and monitored regularly to ensure that goods supplied are fully traceable, and that all policies and relevant legislation is complied with. Their growers work hard to maintain healthy soils and ecosystems, co-operate with wildlife, and provide fair working conditions, all the while delivering a high quality product.
They also sponsor several of their suppliers in obtaining FairWild certification, which guarantees that the small-scale farmers receive a fair reward for their work. Even better, this secures the tradition, history and protection of wild growing plants against increasing demand, and also promotes the sustainable management and collection of wild plants, while addressing fair trade practices and securing the livelihoods of the collectors.
As EquiNatural, we simply will not compromise on quality for our herbs - OHT are inspected and approved by leading third party organisations that range from Soil Association organic certification to BRC, Fairtrade and FairWild.
A full list of the accreditations they hold – including copies of the certificates - can be provided on request; see below for the full list of certifications.
In addition, they routinely carry out analysis on their product range using a risk based system for the following:
• Pesticide residues • Microbiological load • Mycotoxins • Heavy metals • Essential Oils
To see OHT's multiple certifications, see our separate page - Ever wondered about Organic Certification, what it means and why it matters?
Our EquiVita Mineral Solutions
We use Premier Nutrition to mill our EquiVita base premix to our unique formula in their state-of-the-art facility in Rugely, Staffordshire.
Premier are part of the AB Agri Community of businesses, a unique group of leading agricultural businesses operating across the food supply chain. AB Agri consists of multiple businesses and brands and is part of Associated British Foods plc. (ABF) which means they have the advantage of being backed by a truly global organisation.
Product safety is paramount within their factory; manual handling is kept to a minimum and seamless traceability, using barcode technology, guarantees product integrity from raw material to finished product.
Our account manager is Ruth Bishop, who joined Premier Nutrition in 2016. She is well recognised in the world of equine nutrition, having been in various commercial nutrition roles for over 20 years. Ruth is assisted ably by Clare McCafferty (BSc(Hons) in Applied Animal Science), who joined Premier in 2015. Clare's who I deal with most at ground level.
Our EquiVita range is in very safe hands with Ruth and Clare - for sure our EquiVita range would be EquiVita without them! They provides expert support to their customers in areas such as product development, regulatory compliance and quality assurance, including NOPS management. Ruth herself has also consulted for the BEF World Class Performance squads, is the author of the Horse Nutrition Bible, and wrote the Dr Ruth nutrition column in Horse and Hound for several years.
Ruth is an active member of the UK BETA Feed Committee and is an acknowledged expert in the areas of claims and labelling, and Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances (NOPS). Clare's areas of expertise are formulations, product design, NOPs, equine nutrition, labelling and legislation. She is also an R-SQP, has HACCP intermediate 3 qualifications and is FAR registered.