Three acquisitions over the last twelve months mean that Cawood Scientific, the UK’s largest independent provider of analytical laboratory testing services for the land-based industries, can now offer a fully integrated range of animal, soil and plant analyses.
The company notes that analyses are becoming an increasingly important tool in farm and environmental management, particularly in measuring soil health. “Farm and environmental managers are increasingly basing their decision-making on sound science, to better target inputs and improve efficiencies,” says Cawood managing director Nigel Patrick. “As leading specialists in this area it made sense to expand our services, to offer a complete package of analytical services across the entire agricultural, horticultural and environmental sectors.”
The first acquisition was Mambo-Tox, which is based at Southampton University, a business that specialises in soil ecotoxicology. It works with international agrochemical manufactures in providing data for regulatory approvals, through evaluates agrochemicals for their efficacy in laboratory and field conditions, as well as their impact on non-target insects like honeybees.
The second purchase was St David’s Laboratory Services, located in Dungannon, County Tyrone and now rebranded Sci-Tech (Ireland). It focuses on poultry serology, performing diagnostic work for poultry producers and vets throughout Ireland, work that complements the services provided by Cawood’s existing Sci-Tech laboratories in Shropshire.
“Our laboratories offer high quality microbiological and blood testing across all aspects of poultry and porcine production – from the hatchery to the abattoir,” explains Mr Patrick. “Not only can this help pinpoint potential health issues, but also demonstrate compliance with industry regulation.”
The third and most recent acquisition is Enitial, a Wolverhampton-based operation offering environmental monitoring and support services. The company has over 70 accredited samplers throughout the UK to monitor emissions and pollution from facilities such as landfill sites and water treatment works.
“Enitial is a good fit for Cawood, as our accredited analytical testing service is now joined by an accredited sampling team,” says Mr Patrick. “Our entire focus is on the delivery of sound science to help customers manage their businesses effectively and profitably.”
The three new additions will operate as business divisions within Cawood Scientific alongside the three existing ones - Sciantec Analytical Services in Yorkshire, servicing all aspects of animal nutrition; NRM Laboratories with labs in Berkshire and Norfolk providing agricultural, horticultural and environmental services within the land-based industries; and specialist in veterinary diagnostics Sci-Tech Laboratories in Shropshire.
“There is a growing concern about the health of our soils,” notes Lord Donald Curry, chairman of Cawood Scientific. “It featured very strongly in the Government’s Health and Harmony consultation document. We need to respond to this concern with targeted action, which requires intelligent data. Cawood Scientific can provide the independent data to allow agricultural managers to better utilise their inputs, whether growing crops or keeping livestock, and in doing so improve their productivity.”