Evolution (Noyal sur Vilaine) was born last June by the merger of three cooperatives – Amélis, Génoé and Urcéo -, which had already pooled their resources in 2013.
As leader in animal genetics in France and second in Europe, Evolution’s goal is to “become a major player as a global reference in the genetics and livestock biotechnology market”, mainly in genotyping, a technique which aims to improve “the efficiency of livestock farms” (54,000 genotypings in 2015) and in “sexing” semen, thereby allowing the farmer to choose in advance the sex of the calf to be born.
The new cooperative employs 1,155 staff for a €150M turnover in 2015, groups virtually 32,000 member farmers in Bretagne, Pays de la Loire and Normandie and has three overseas subsidiaries on which it is banking for its international development. Evolution notably acquired the South African Taurus in 2015 which it will use as a base for its expansion into Africa.
Source: API e-newsletter of 16/06/16 and 27/06/2016