ARK Agriculture Ltd, part of The Milbank Group, has announced further growth with the acquisition of Thomas and Fontaine Ltd/Secure Covers®.
Based in Shropshire, Thomas and Fontaine Ltd are a well-established organisation supplying an internationally patented Secure Cover protective netting specially designed to prevent wind lift and protect silage stored in the clamps, as well as Secure Windbreaks and Secure Econoblinds for agricultural buildings.
Working predominantly in the dairy and livestock sector TFL are recognised as market leaders with their unique products sold under the Secure Covers brand. The company sells its range of products nationally and internationally through a network of established distributors, dealers and merchants.
Highly regarded in the farming community, Secure Covers have earned a reputation for quality, durability, value and design for their leading range of silage covers, windbreaks, econoblinds, roller doors, bay screens and other protective agricultural products.
Whilst it is intended that Secure Covers will continue to operate as an independent business from its base in Shropshire, there are significant synergies that ARK Agriculture believe will strengthen and secure the future of both companies.
Repeat business in the UK and exciting opportunities to develop new and existing markets overseas, as well as the opportunity to cross sell products between ARK Agriculture and existing customers, make Secure Covers a prime acquisition for ARK Agriculture.
This continues ARK Agriculture's mission to provide an exceptional level of service to their already strong base of customers throughout the agricultural sector.
ARK Agriculture are the UK leaders in silage storage and are the only company in the UK specialising in the supply and design of the innovative and patented sloping walled silage clamp - a structure used by renewable energy projects and livestock farmers to store silage prior to feeding to cattle or anaerobic digestion plants.
As complimentary products to the silage clamps, ARK also supply unique OXY SEAL oxygen barrier silage sheets, side-wall-films, silage clamp handrails, accessories and enzymes as part of the complete package to the end user.
ARK have supplied several of the UK’s largest silage clamp projects and have a strong clamp project pipeline of future opportunities in the promising livestock sector as they develop the market for their premium products.
As a part of The Milbank Group, ARK Agriculture join leading precast concrete manufacturers Milbank Concrete Products Ltd, mobile crane hire specialists Cadman Cranes Ltd and GRP fibreglass experts Sui Generis International Ltd.
The acquisition of Thomas and Fontaine Ltd was completed on Friday 11th October 2019 with the help of Prism Corporate Broking (buy side advisors), Birketts Solicitors and Ensors (Tax Due Diligence).
Andrew Fontaine and Gerard Thomas, Directors of Thomas & Fontaine Limited said:
We have really enjoyed working with all our customers in the UK and abroad building up the Secure Covers and Secure Windbreak brands over the past 20 years and we look forward to following its future success in the capable hands of ARK Agriculture and their range of complementary products. We are both now looking forward to a well-earned retirement and the future!
Francis Auchincloss, Managing Director of ARK Agriculture said:
On behalf of the Directors of ARK we are delighted to have acquired the Thomas & Fontaine Ltd Secure Covers® business and welcome them into ARK Agriculture and the Milbank Group. The acquisition of the Secure Covers business presents a great opportunity for ARK Agriculture to build on a successful period of steady and consistent growth within the United Kingdom and provides a platform to bolster our presence in dairy and livestock and anaerobic digestion sector nationally as well as internationally”.
If you have any questions or sales enquiries please call ARK Agriculture on 01787 220560 or email email@example.com.
Farmers Weekly have a fantastic article offering advice on the upcoming maize harvest, derived from lessons that the industry learned in 2018.
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In summary, the advice from FW is the following:
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Have a great maize harvest!
- ARK Agriculture Ltd
ARK Agriculture will be exhibiting at the UK Dairy Day 2019 at the Telford International Centre on September 11th 2019.
The 2019 UK Dairy Day will be held on Wednesday 11th September from 8.00am to 5.30pm at The International Centre, Telford and will feature:
Please visit the UK Dairy Day website for further information about the show.
We would be delighted if you could join us for the ‘2019 joint Alltech / ARK Anaerobic Digestion Optimisation Workshop’ on the 16th of April 2019.
This is a chance to learn more about optimising your AD plant by increasing silage quality with globally recognised independent silage consultant Dr Dave Davies and we are also pleased to have Jim Huntington from Harper Adams University and Ricky Maylin of ONM Energy presenting.
We will then cover making the most of your valuable silage in the plant by working with ARK, Alltech and the DIGEST P3 Enzyme (info attached) including presentations and feedback from trials in the UK.
DATE: - Tuesday 16th April 2019
VENUE: - Alltech House, Ryhall Road, Stamford, PE9 1TZ
Workshop Programme: -
09.30am - Arrive / Registration / Coffee
10.00am – Welcome – Bob Kendal, Alltech
10.10am – Introduction – William Wilson, ARK Agriculture
10.20am – Silage making –Dr Dave Davies, Independent nutritionist / silage advisor
We are delighted to be joined by Dr Dave Davies, Dave is the UK’s leading independent silage consultant and an expert in the making and management of silage.
With a 20-year career in the industry Dr Davies has produced and worked on many trials and research projects focusing on improving silage making in the dairy sector. These findings transfer well to the UK AD sector where, as we know, silage clamp losses have a massive impact on the financial success of a plant.
11.10am – The process of anaerobic digestion – Dr Jim Huntington, Harper Adams University
Jim has been working with AD plants and the biology behind them for several years including pilot studies with Alltech and the DIGEST P3 Enzyme showing a 15% increase in methane production.
12.00am – Lunch and opportunity to meet the speakers and delegates and do a bit of networking.
Lunch will be provided on the day and there will be a chance to see the new Alltech offices and the ‘Kentucky bar’ a wood panelled Kentucky style bar on site (not to be missed).
12.45pm – Optimising Operational Performance - Ricky Maylin, Director ONM Energy.
Prior to founding ONM, Ricky managed plants for Material Change and Tamar Energy.
13.15pm – DIGEST P3 - Niall Brennan, Anaerobic Digestions Technical Project Manager, Alltech – a roundup of results using DIGEST P3
Niall is the lead at Alltech on the DIGEST P3 enzyme and has been running trials with plants across Europe. Niall will run through some of the results so far and the feedback from plants using DIGEST P3.
13.45pm – Questions and close
14.00pm - Depart
Please see more information attached about the DIGEST P3 enzyme and how it can benefit your plant.
On a personal note it is not often we get to bring the AD sector together in such incredible surroundings, the brand new Alltech offices we are meeting in are extremely impressive - reflecting the company’s American roots- for more info google ‘Alltech Stamford’.
Couple this with the excellent speakers we have lined up we hope you will enjoy a day of learning and networking with us.
To help us with the organisation and catering can you please RSVP by 5th April along with any dietary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01787 220 560.
We look forward to seeing you on the 16th April.
- ARK Agriculture Ltd
Welsh Farmers investing in silage storage through the Sustainable Production Grant Scheme should consider ARK sloping walled silage clamps - helping them make better silage, safer with a ready made Environment Agency compliant system.
This is the message from Will Wilson, Business Development Director, ARK Agriculture. ARK Agriculture specialise in the construction of the patented, innovative, sloping wall silage clamp.
‘ARK is unique in the UK as we are the only company that works specifically with silage clamps, so we try really hard to give our customers the best possible advice to improve silage quality and make silage storage safer and compliant,’ says Mr Wilson.
‘When we design silage clamps we start with the goal of making the best silage possible and we consider dozens of variables, many of which have been overlooked in the past, to get the design right. Part of this aim for silage quality is the use of the sloping walled system’.
Here are two tools that will help you manage your silage clamps...
InTouch Forage Budgeting Calculator
This is an app from Alltech, which will measure the volume of feedstock in your silage clamp helping you plan ahead for the future.
Calculate Required Weight of Compacting Machinery
This calculator is provided by the Smart Silage research carried out by Aberystwyth University. You can use it to calculate the ideal weight of compacting machinery (tractors) that you will need to use to ensure adequate compaction of your forage.
Visit this page to download the Excel spreadsheet calculator:
ARK Agriculture will be exhibiting at Dairy-Tech on February 6th at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry - stand 150.
"Dairy-Tech is a dairy event tailored for the new generation of dairy farmer, manager and technician.
Its first ever event in February showcased ground-breaking technology; inspired uptake of the latest science and field-based skills, introduced a fresh range of innovative products and services and pioneered new global concepts in management efficiency.
Due to the transformation in the dairy industry over recent years it is becoming increasingly apparent that farmers need to be competitive, and irrespective of their system type and market they supply, they need to match both to their available resources and milk contract.
Regardless of their cost base, future successful dairy businesses must be informed, resilient, proactive and efficient; Dairy-Tech provides this platform, alongside a recognition that dairy farming has become a professional industry.
Dairy-Tech will showcase a fresh show that recognises the pressing needs of the modern dairy professional, allowing them to gain maximum exposure to new and exciting industry innovations relevant to their business, despite a large variation in cost base and system."
If you are attending Dairy-Tech and would like to talk to us about silage clamps, silage sheets or anything else feel free to visit us on stand 150 - we look forward to seeing you!
- ARK Agriculture
The ARK office will be closed from 21st December and will re-open on the 7th January 2019.
We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
- ARK Agriculture
The Renewable Energy Association is holding this event on January 16th 2019 in Birmingham and is open to non-members as well as members of the REA.
Will Wilson from ARK Agriculture Ltd will be giving a presentation on "Understanding Feedstock Storage Fundamentals to Retain Maximum Value".
Other key topics to include:
Who should attend?
AD developers, funders, consultants, farmers, AD operators, local authorities, policy makers, environmental regulators and anyone else with an interest in the AD sector.
Tickets can be purchased here.
We look forward to seeing you at the event.
- ARK Agriculture Ltd.