Animal Health

Fonterra to sell NZ livestock division

By Dairy News

FONTERRA NEW Zealand has announced it will sell the Farm Source livestock division to Carrfields Livestock — an established livestock agency provider.

Fonterra Farm Source stores director Richard Allen, said the decision to sell was made in the context of a larger review underway within the Co-op.

“In the context of the review of the Co-op’s assets and investments, we have made the decision to sell the livestock division to Carrfields Livestock. This will better serve the livestock team and the farms they service.

“While Farm Source’s livestock division has contributed positive returns since inception, we believe the investment required to maintain and grow this division can be more effectively targeted towards improving core areas of the Farm Source™ business,” says Mr Allen.

Farm Source is working with Carrfields to develop a range of partnership offerings to ensure a positive connection and competitive offer remains for Fonterra farmers.

Craig Carr, Carrfields Group Managing Director, says this acquisition is both exciting and a strategic opportunity for Carrfields Livestock to fill gaps in their current national network.

“This acquisition will take the Carrfields Livestock team to over 150 livestock agents spread right across the country. This strategic partnership will offer Farm Source™ clients and Fonterra farmer owners access to a nationwide agent and sale yard network provided by a New Zealand family-owned business,” says Mr Carr.