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AGRICULTURAL TESTING GROWS WITH NEW ACQUISITION

Eurofins Agro Testing UK has announced the acquisition of independent contract testing laboratory Alliance Technical Laboratories (ATL) Ltd.

The acquisition reflects the growing interest in materials testing on farms and the rise in data driven decision-making. This strategic move will help Eurofins Agro extend its range of services in the UK and meet huge growth in demand from the industry.

Eurofins is adding additional capacity to its advanced forage testing, which offers farmers and nutritionists more accurate silage analysis. The Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) tests dry and grind samples to provide a more accurate analysis than the wet NIRS alternative. The properties of the forage sample are also fed into Eurofins’ unique rumen character graphs that show the nutritional value of the sample and predict how it will act in the rumen.

Based in Suffolk, ATL carries out UKAS accredited analytical testing of soil, compost, effluents, digestate, water, food, and animal feed and its location complements the current Eurofins UK footprint.

The laboratories will assist in carrying out soil tests that include three products offered by Eurofins. Fertilisation Manager®, Soil Crop Monitor® and Soil Life Monitor® offer the most comprehensive way to analyse and improve soil health. Fertilisation Manager measures soil fertility whilst Soil Crop Monitor provides the most accurate means of testing soil during a growing season. Soil Life Monitor determines the total microbial biomass, fungi, bacteria, and protozoa. It also identifies some physical characteristics such as the quality of organic matter and organic carbon levels.

Alliance Technical Laboratories Ltd was formed by the merging of two laboratories (Alliance Technical Ltd and Gooch Garforth) in 2005. In 2012 the company became part of a larger group when it was purchased by Harlow Agricultural Merchants Ltd.