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Company History

Wynnstay Group has had a diverse history, its growth and strength continues to the present day. Our timeline of events explores the initial creation of the co-operative right through to its current day existence as a PLC.


1916 -  Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn and the landowners called a meeting in Llanfechain to gauge the feeling of the farming community at the time, and following this a representative from each estate joined to create a committee of 12 people who would go on to form a farmers co-operative.

1917 - Llanfyllin district landowners, Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, Miss Lomax, Miss Dugdale, General Sandbach and Miss Perrott, whose family is still farming to this day in the village of Llansantffraid, brought together their tenants to discuss the formation of a farmers co-operative.

1918 - The farmers cooperative was formed and a committee of 12 farmers from the Mechain area appointed Mr Joseph Henry Dowle as the First General Manager.

1922 - Society begins to sell coal - First official depot located at Llansantffraid to group together animal feed sourced from Liverpool.

1928 - Plans are developed for a mill for the Wynnstay Farmers Association to grind their own animal meals.

1931 - Wynnstay's first mill opens in Llansantffraid

1939 - Announced that Wynnstay's balanced rations can now be supplied in cubes.

1943 - A seed cleaning plant was established by purchasing the old brewery at Llansantffraid, along with machinery for grinding limestone.

1943 - Wynnstay Farmers Association Silver Jubilee.

1944 - Grass drying and agricultural services started operating from Hendomen, Montgomeryshire.



1955 - Wynnstay Farmers Association and Montgomeryshire Farmers Association were amalgamated.

1956 - West Midland Egg Packing Station at Newtown was acquired.

1959 - Freehold of the mill at Llansantffraid purchased.

1963 - Society becomes Wynnstay and Montgomeryshire Farmers Limited, a board of directors is appointed and an advisory committee initiated.

1963 - Wynnstay Quality Weaner Group and Wynnstay Quality Egg Group founded.

1966 - Remainder of disused railway station at Llansantffraid purchased for development.

1968 - Societies Golden Jubilee

1969 - A joint working party is set up with the C.W.S Agricultural Milling Group to start manufacturing feed stuffs at Llansantffraid.

1970 - New weighbridge was installed at Llansantffraid.

1973 - New mill is officially opened by the Secretary of State for Wales.

1974 - Expansion of bulk out loading storage facilities.

1975 - Eagle House purchased in Llansantffraid along with Tan Yard Farm.

1979 - Contracts placed for development of the Mill plant, a Maintenance Garage on the Tan Yard, extension of Eagle house for an administration centre, improved IT and improvements of the packing facilities.

1981- Prince Charles visited Llansantffraid to open the new mill which was the most modern mill in Europe at the time

1985 - Fire in the mill at Llansantffraid

1987- L.Rowland & Co acquired

1987- Shropshire Grain Farm Supplies (May)

1988- Trevor Williams, Llanidloes acquired (April)

1989 - Wynnstay and Montgomeryshire Farmers Ltd, amalgamates with Vale of Clwyd Farmers, to become Wynnstay and Clwyd Farmers

1989- Wynnstay Fuels Ltd established

1992 - Wynnstay becomes a PLC

1993 - L N Jones acquired

1995 - Joined the OFEX to provide a trading platform for its ordinary shares

1995 -  Jack Jones Haulage acquired

1996 - T & C L Nield Ltd acquired

1997 - Shropshire Grain acquired

1997 - Griffiths & Simpson acquired

1998 - Orion Feeds Ltd acquired

2000 – D. Nunn & Ridleys Seed acquired

2001 Wyro set up as a joint venture with S J Roberts in the building development industry

2002 –Wrekin Seeds acquired

2003 - Eifionydd Farmers acquired

2003 - Celtic Pride brand established.

2004 - Company AIM listed

2004 - Robin Williams and Son acquired

2005- Carmarthen Mill bought from Dalgety in a three way joint venture involving Clynderwen Farmers, Wynnstay and Bibby Ltd

2005 -  Jim Quin Animal Health acquired

2005- Wynnstay bought 25% share in Bibby bought from Carrs Billington following Bibby Ltd collapse in July 2005 (October)

2006 – Acquisition of Glasson Grain, major agricultural trade supplier and manufacturer

2007- First Just for Pets store opened

2007 - Joint venture Total Angling opened in Shrewsbury.

2007 - Wrekin Country Stores, T & M Williams, MVZ and Westhope Farm Supplies acquired

2008 - Wilsons Pet Centres acquired and re-branded Just for Pets

2008 - J Hatton Agriculture acquired

2008- Wynnstay acquired Welsh Feed Producers and at which point had a 50% share in Bibby Ltd

2007 – Wrekin Country Stores acquired

2009Youngs Animal Feeds acquired

2010 – Woodhead Seeds acquired

2011 – Wrekin Grain acquired and GrainLink formed

2011 - C & M Transport acquired

2011 - FertLink established

2012 - Whitchurch Animal Health Ltd, Banbury Farm & General Supplies Ltd and PSB (Country Supplies Ltd) acquired

2013 – Wynnstay starts trading as Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) Ltd as part of revised structure, managed by two directors, Mr Gareth Davies (Agriculture) and Mr Andrew Evans (Specialist Retail), with supporting divisional directors

2013 - David Davies Farm Supplies Tanygroes becomes Wynnstay Stores Tanygroes

2013 –Carmarthen and Pumsaint Farmers acquired

2014 -  Mansell Powell Supplies acquired

2015 –Agricentre acquired

2015 - Ross Feeds acquired, S. Jones & Sons and Horti-stores acquired

2017 - Purchase of fertiliser processing facility in Montrose

2018 - M D Lloyd acquisition

2018 - Mike Hawken Agriculture Ltd acquired 

2018 - Countrywide Farmers Bridgnorth acquired

2018 - Countrywide Farmers Raglan acquired

2018 - Countrywide Farmers Thame acquired

2018 - Countrywide Farmers Crewkerne acquired

2018 - Countrywide Farmers Dartington acquired

2018 - Cornwalll Farmers Helston acquired

2018 - Cornwall Farmers Wadebridge

2018 - Cornwall Farmers Otterham acquired