Further consolidation for pig sector

A leading feed manufacturer has announced it is to sell its pig marketing operations in the face of increasing sector consolidation.

BOCM PAULS said the ever increasing concentration at both processor and producer level had prompted it to carry out a major review of its pig marketing activities, Porcofram Marketing.

Jonathan Farnhill, director with BOCM PAULS, said: "Following this review we have concluded that critical mass has become an increasingly important issue and that a partnership or consolidation with a similar minded business would provide the best long term opportunity for us to address this issue and to best satisfy producers' needs."

He said that Porcofram had been sold to Thames Valley Cambac (TVC), a leading independent farmer-owned pig marketing co-operative, creating a marketing group handling over 20% of available British pigs.

Charles Allen, chairman of TVC, said: "This merger with Porcofram Marketing will bring a much needed boost to an industry that has been through seriously difficult times. The increased critical mass in a marketing sector that is reducing in size will enable the group to build on its relationships with processor customers for the benefit of its producer members".

TVC general manager, Andrew Stockings, added: "TVC was established 33-years ago by forward thinking pig producers and provides a first-class service to its producer and processor customers. The company has a track record of which to be proud. The pig industry is in continual change and this acquisition will give the marketing sector a renewed impetus to overcome the lows of recent times."

Porcofram's DataPorc marketing software - DCMP and DITP - which the company said already supports over 20% of all the pigs marketed in Britain will be retained by BOCM PAULS.

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