Merged Database to Go Ahead despite Referral to Watchdog
Byline: By Steve Dube Western Mail
Two into one might not go, following the Office of Fair Trading's decision to refer the proposed acquisition of the Cattle Information Service (CIS) by National Milk Records to the Competition Commission.
But Holstein UK, which owns CIS, says it will go ahead anyway with plans to establish an integrated Centre for Dairy Information.
Speaking after the Office of Fair Trading announced its decision last week, Holstein UK chief executive David Hewitt said the referral cast a cloud over the bid to create an integrated national milk recording centre by combining the two services.
But the society will press ahead with its plans for a single national database in Hertfordshire.
'The commitments given by NMR in our detailed 2003 negotiations were sufficient to convince us that the agreement as a whole was the best way ahead for the dairy industry,' said Mr Hewitt.
'It was also exactly the sort of initiative so positively encouraged by the Curry Report to meet the challenges of the rapidly-changing agricultural market.
'Thankfully, the OFT has raised no objections whatsoever to our parallel proposals for a single national database, for which we have received unanimous and enthusiastic support from across the industry. …