WESTPORT, Conn. – H.J. Baker & Bro., Inc., has purchased Rumiphos Industria e Comercio de Sal Mineral e Racoes and Mineral Fanton Industrial e Comercio Ltda. Both companies are animal nutrition firms based in Brazil.

Rumiphos, in Mato Grosso do Sul, is a producer of free choice minerals and protein supplements for ruminants. The company has operated for more than a decade, according to H.J. Baker. Sao Paulo-based Mineral Fanton also produces free choice minerals for beef cattle in addition to feed for cattle, horses and sheep. Fanton has operated for 28 years in eight states in Brazil, H.J. Baker said.

“We are pleased to announce the purchases of Rumiphos and Fanton,” said Christopher V. B. Smith, president and CEO of H. J. Baker. “We all know that natural forages and pastures can be mineral deficient and protein deficient in the cold season. Providing beef cattle, horses and sheep free choice minerals helps produce healthier herds, increased growth and improved reproduction.

“Rumiphos and Fanton are producing free choice minerals of the same high quality and standards that we maintain for all our products.”