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on February 17, 2014

Rattlerow and Karro Food Group agree to major deal in Scotland

Expansion places Rattlerow as the leading breeding company farming the largest number of pigs in the UK

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 affirmed its ongoing commitment to Scottish farming with agreements for Rattlerow to supply its farming operation that was formerly part of Vion Food Group UK.

The deal was reached during the second week of February, seeing the transfer of nine employees and two nucleus farms. Rattlerow will also take control of Karro's dam line breeding program to exclusively produce all its replacement gilts as well as supply artificial insemination to the processor's commercial pig production operation based in Scotland.

Both companies have also agreed to long term arrangements where Rattlerow, together with RA-SE Genetics, will operate a dedicated Scottish nucleus and multiplication program 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 of 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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