Dalgety supplies seed, agro-chemicals and fertilisers to farmers, and until recently collected about a sixth of the grain grown on Britain’s farms. In April 2003 the company sold its grain marketing business to a farmers’ co-operative for an undisclosed sum, in a restructuring designed to reduce complexity and operating losses. This will cut Dalgety’s sales by about £300m next year, but in 2002 the company reported annualised sales of £476m, when it employed 658 people. The Gloucestershire company also offers a consulting service to famers with its Digital Farming package. This maps soils for chemical elements and pH to enable growers to apply fertiliser more precisely, reducing costs and helping the environment.
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