Leading independent animal feed manufacturer, Harbro has continued its retail expansion with the acquisition of R H Miller Agriculture Limited.
The acquisition will take effect on Tuesday, August 12.
Graham Baxter, Harbro managin director, said: “This is another exciting move for Harbro adding three retail premises and strengthening our retail division. It will further complement our feed business in the Borders, allowing us to offer animal health advice and products, clothing and equipment to our growing customer base.”
The company said that the acquisition of these stores, which are located in Dalkeith (Fordel), Peebles and Hawick, when added to its existing stores in Duns and Earlston, gives complete geographical coverage throughout the Borders and brings the total number of Country Stores in Scotland to 18.
“These stores have a strong presence built on the pet and equine markets and we look forward to growing the business which will give increased buying strength and allow us to be more competitive,” Mr Baxter went on.
“For livestock customers, our mill at Birkhill, south Lanarkshire is in close proximity to the Borders and is ideally located to serve the area, giving them the benefits of reduced transport costs and the delivery of compounds, blends, feed buckets, mineral licks and feed blocks straight from the point of manufacture,” he added.
Harbro’s focus is on innovative, performance-led nutrition. The company is known for on-farm nutritional services and technical support. Harbro is involved in research with the leading UK institutes and on farm, aiding the development of new products.
These are manufactured using quality Scottish raw materials and are designed to maximise the health and performance of stock. “This acquisition is a natural fit with our business and customers will benefit from an increased choice, performance products, value for money and purchasing direct from a primary manufacturer, based in the south of Scotland,” said Mr Baxter.
To assist with the transition, Drummond Miller will remain with the business for a period of 12 months.
The Harbro Group Limited includes Harbro Limited, Scotland’s leading independent feed manufacturer which trades throughout Scotland and England, selling innovative, performance livestock feeds for beef, dairy, sheep and poultry.