Genus plc (LSE: GNS) is a British-based business selling products manufactured using biotechnology to cattle and pig farmers.
It is headquartered in Basingstoke and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
Genus is the world's largest animal genetics company, and consequently a significant player in the economic exploitation of farmed animals.
The business has its origins in the former Breeding & Production Division of the Milk Marketing Board which was established in 1933 and broken up in 1994.
In 1999 Genus acquired ABS Global, a company founded by J.R. Prentice in the US as the Animal Breeding Service in 1941 selling the semen of cattle.
In 2005 Genus acquired, through the takeover of Sygen International plc, PIC, a company founded by six pork producers in the UK as the Pig Improvement Company in 1962.