Major Scottish Deal for Rattlerow, Karro Food Group

SCOTLAND - The deal brings closer links to processing sector and places Rattlerow as the leading breeding company farming the largest number of pigs in the UK.
calendar icon 18 February 2014
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Rattlerow Farms and Karro Food Group have agreed a deal which sees Rattlerow extend its Scottish operations with the acquisition of Karro’s breeding herd interests. As part of the same deal, Karro have affirmed their ongoing commitment to Scottish farming with agreements for Rattlerow to supply their farming operation that was formerly part of VION Food Group UK.

The deal, between Rattlerow Scotland Ltd, was reached at the end of last week, seeing the transfer of nine employees and two nucleus farms. Rattlerow will also take control of Karro’s dam line breeding programme to exclusively produce all their replacement gilts as well as supply AI to the processor's commercial pig production operation based in Scotland.

The companies have also agreed to long term arrangements where Rattlerow, together with RA-SE Genetics, will operate a dedicated Scottish nucleus and multiplication programme to specifically supply Karro’s farms with Landroc and Whiteroc genetics. Karro will have a distinct market edge, through the unique selling point of access to Rattlerow’s prolific outdoor herd, expertise and technologies - all of which will lead not only to a high quality pig supply but also through the partnership there will be significant efficiency advantages, as synergies are realised between the pig breeder and pig processor.

Seamus Carr, CEO Karro Food Group, commented; “We are delighted to be involved in a strong and developing relationship with Rattlerow, with this new agreement we have secured the supply of a high quality product which is a vital component in our delivery of top-quality pork to our customers.”

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