John Thompson and Sons to Acquire AB Agri Ltd's Knockmore Operation

John Thompson and Sons Ltd, the Belfast based feed millers, has today announced that it has agreed to purchase the feed-milling business of AB Agri Ltd at Knockmore, Lisburn, pending regulatory approval.

The acquisition will enhance Thompson’s competitiveness in an increasingly pressurised all-Ireland market, the company said in a statement. The combined operations will meet a wider set of customer needs through their offering of high value feeds, tailored blends, alternative feeds and a range of on-farm solutions that will encompass nutritional and technical support, the statement went on.

Thompson plan to operate the Knockmore plant in its present form. The company has already invested over £2m in state of the art blending and packing equipment at its Belfast facility and the acquisition of AB Agri’s compound business further underlines Thompson’s commitment to provide a world class, modern and efficient service to farmers in the North of Ireland, they say.