Romania is another potential market for the sector, where Sogama is already present. Visecorsa will build three plants to collect dead livestock in four provinces of the country.

The mad cow crisis, which menaced all of Europe almost ten years ago, marked a change without reverse gear in the livestock farming world. The prohibition of burning or burying livestock not only generated the apparition of a sector dedicated to the managing of animal residues, but also, in addition, the regulation is forcing radical changes in the countries recently integrated in the EU. In the case of Poland, where the Galician company Visercosa is preparing its disembarkment to manage animal residues from livestock farms in four provinces, among them Warsaw. It will be one of the first Galician companies to establish itself in the Slav giant market, still much linked to livestock farming, in order to which it counts with the collaboration of a local partner. The project, which already is under way, will suppose the creation of three plants for the treatment of animal residues, with an estimated inversion of 60 million euro and that, foreseeably, will start to operate at the beginning of 2008.

A country with no experience

«There much activity is awaiting us. We have to think that nowadays they keep on burning and burying livestock and the European legislation obliges them to start to manage residues in another way, something they have no experience about», Ramón Devesa, manager of the company that will be established in Polonia, explains. Thus Visercosa gives a jump in the diversification of its activity, mainly centred in the collection of residues derived from the treatment of wood in Galicia.

Romania is another of the potential markets where Galician technology for the managing of meat residues could be introduced. In this case, it would be the company Gesuga (participated by Artabra, Coren and Visecorsa itself), precisely worthy of the concession to collect dead livestock in Galicia until 2014. According to what company sources signalled, up to the moment there have only been talks and “a true interest” by both sides, but there is not anything concrete yet. Sogama opened the way for the entry of the companies of the Galician environmental sector in Romania. The company will take charge of technical assistance in one of the country regions where a pilot project of residues management will be set up.