AB Agri has completed its purchase of the agri-tech and genomic testing company National Milk Records (NMR).

NMR provides management information and testing services to the UK dairy industry and collects milk samples from virtually every dairy farm in Great Britain.

Animal feed manufacturer AB Agri sad it was delighted to acquire NMR as it holds an important position in the UK dairy supply chain – developing technology used to inform farming efficiency and animal welfare.

AB Agri said NMR is positioned as a “highly respected and present voice across the dairy sector” and has found great success.

“NMR’s success has been driven by strong collaborative relationships with key industry players, including dairy farmers, vets, milk processors, third party suppliers, and major retailers,” it said.

“NMR continues to develop and invest in new products and services, notably genomics and GenoCells.”

Commenting on the acquisition, AB Agri’s chief executive José Nobre said: “I am delighted that AB Agri has acquired NMR. NMR is a high-quality business which is extremely complementary and additive to our dairy strategy and offering to the dairy industry. 

“We have supported dairy farmers for more than 30 years with nutrition and specialty feed products, and more recently with data and technology platforms which deliver insights that create continuous improvement in agricultural supply chains.”

NMR’s finance director, MArk Frankcom, said NMR was delighted to now be a part of AB Agri.

“AB Agri’s status within the UK agricultural sector and expertise in the dairy industry will provide a significant benefit to NMR’s customers,” he said.

“As the UK dairy supply chain continues its drive to carbon neutrality, NMR’s work with GenoCells and milk data, and our pivotal role in payment testing, will contribute important information to aid in this transition. 

“The backing of AB Agri will accelerate and de-risk NMR’s ability to deliver its strategic objectives, streamlining industry processes by creating a holistic business that can provide end-to-end data and analysis to ensure the long-term sustainability, efficiency and profitability of UK dairy.”