Innovative founder of Stanton animal health company has died

William Leslie 'Les' Porter
William Leslie 'Les' Porter
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William ‘Les’ Porter, founder of Animax Veterinary technology at Stanton, has died unexpectedly.

Mr Porter founded the company, which specialises in trace element supplements for farm animals, in 1982, working at his kitchen table and it now employs 120.

Mr Porter grew up in Scotland and graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1963, where he met his wife Jill at a student union dance.

He worked in vet practices in Scotland and Kent before joining New Zealand’s Ministry of Agriculture in 1967 and then the Invermay Research Station where he researched sheep diseases.

After more research work in India and Australia, he bought a Suffolk pig farm in 1975 then joined Bayer UK, in Bury St Edmunds in 1976 as their veterinary advisor

Having started Animax, his zest for innovation led to him developing a range of disinfectants now used extensively in hospitals and pursuing many other diverse product applications.

Despite various health concerns over the last 25 years, he was fully active at the helm of his company, was a keen sailor and passionate about his motorbike collection.

Mr Porter leaves his wife of 51 years, Jill, four children and seven grandchildren.