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Simon Mounsey Ltd was formed in December 2003 following the division of animal feed publisher HGM Publications into two separate companies.

HGM Publications was founded in 1980 in the Thames Valley village of Wargrave by Howard Grahame Mounsey, from whose initials it took its name.

Drawing on a background in publishing and editing, and ten years’ experience as Feed Executive Director of The United Kingdom Agricultural Supply Trade Association (UKASTA), Howard launched the first UK monthly journal exclusively for the animal feed industry, The Feed Compounder, the first issue of which appeared in January 1981.

The magazine gained rapid acceptance by British feed compounders and within a short time was seen and talked about by most people working within the industry — a situation which happily remains the case today.

Feed Compounder, was soon joined by two annual publications.  The Digest of Feed Facts & Figures was launched in October 1981 and The Handbook of Medicinal Feed Additives in 1982. Both are still published, albeit in the guise of Feed Statistics and Handbook of Feed Additives.

HGM Publications became a partnership when Howard's wife Jane joined the business full-time in 1983. Jane brought her experience in journalism to bear and is remembered by many readers of Feed Compounder for a series of over 100 articles based on visits to feed companies and their suppliers. Out & About was one of the most popular features of the journal and appeared in nearly every issue from April 1981 until April 1994.

After re-locating to the Peak District village of Baslow, the business became a family concern when Howard and Jane were joined by sons Simon in 1986, and Andrew the following year.  Following a Physics degree at Manchester University, Simon had embarked on a career in sales and joined as Sales and Advertisement Manager from the pharmaceutical company Leo Laboratories. Andrew took an Honours degree in Agriculture at Edinburgh University and, following two years working for WCF in West Yorkshire selling feed and other agricultural supplies, joined HGM Publications as Assistant Editor.

Howard and Jane retired in 1997 and moved to a village near Malvern in Worcestershire. They returned to Derbyshire ten years later and lived together in Darley Dale until Howard's death in November 2107.

HGM Publications continued to operate until November 2003 when it separated into two businesses. Feed Compounder, and the associated Pet Food Supplement are now produced by Andrew Mounsey in his new business - Pentlands Publishing Ltd. Simon Mounsey Ltd produces all the other feed-related titles (Handbook of Feed Additives, Feed Statistics, Feed Businesses, Feed Legislation and Feed Industry Review) and also provides data and analysis related to the European animal feed industry.


Howard Mounsey, with his wife Jane.

The Farmers' Club Pavilion, The Royal Showground – July 1980.

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Howard Mounsey from cancer at the age of 86.

Howard was the founder and first editor of Feed Compounder magazine. His involvement with the agricultural supply industry began in 1972 when he joined CAFMNA (the Compound Animal Feedingstuffs Manufacturers National Association). He went on to become the Deputy Director General of the association, and held that position in 1977 when it merged with BASAM (the British Association of Seed and Agricultural Merchants) to form UKASTA (the United Kingdom Agricultural Supply Trade Association), a forerunner of the AIC.

In 1980 Howard left his position as Feed Executive Director at UKASTA to launch HGM Publications which published the first issue of Feed Compounder in January 1981. He went on to produce a number of feed titles including the Digest of Feed Facts & Figures, The Handbook of Medicinal Feed Additives, Feed Facts Quarterly, Feed Industry Review, Home-Mixer, Feeds & Feeding and several others. Howard’s wife Jane was a partner in the business and became well-known as a writer of reports on visits to feed compounders and feed industry suppliers. They were joined in the business by their sons Simon, in 1986 and Andrew, in 1987. Howard and Jane retired in 1991 but their sons have continued to publish several of the titles which Howard launched in the 1980s.

Born in Sheffield city centre in 1931, his family moved to a North Derbyshire village during the Second World War to escape the dangers of German bombing raids (and a good thing too, as the house in which they had been living would later be completely destroyed by a direct hit). After the War, Howard undertook National Service with the Royal Navy, a glorious time of his life as he was appointed Education Officer on board a frigate stationed in the Mediterranean. He then became the first in his family to go on to Higher Education as one of the earliest students of the recently established University College of North Staffordshire at Keele; after graduating, his first job was with Kemps, a publisher of business directories. Subsequently, his career was largely in trade associations for a variety of industries, which at times included responsibility for producing association magazines. It was a combination of this background in magazine production and his appointment to CAFMNA which put him in a position to recognise the gap in the market for a dedicated feed trade journal, and to have the skills necessary to fill it.

In his day, he was a keen sportsman, playing cricket for his village, rugby for his school and football for his University before taking up tennis and later becoming a regular golfer. He was also a very dedicated (and at times highly critical) follower and supporter of Sheffield United FC, having attended his first match at the age of 3. Together with Jane, he shared a love of walking, listening to music, travel (particularly to France and Madeira) and theatre (especially opera and ballet but also musicals and plays). He was an avid reader and had a lifelong love of Shakespeare, dating back to an involvement in local amateur dramatics in his boyhood village, and could quote long passages from Henry V and Hamlet amongst others even into his 80s.

Howard is survived by his wife Jane, their three children Simon, Andrew and Helen, as well as seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family have been touched by the many kind words which have been written about Howard by people in the industry. His funeral will be held at Chesterfield Crematorium on Thursday 21 December at 12pm with a gathering afterwards at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium. Anyone attending the funeral who would like to make a floral tribute, please bring just a single flower, either red or white, to be placed on the casket. Charitable donations in Howard’s memory can be made to Ashgate Hospice (www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk).

 

 

 

This page was last updated on January 15, 2018

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