The son of a dairy farmer from County Cork in Southern Ireland, currently based in Cheshire, David has worked in the ruminant feed industry in the UK for over 12 years having studied at Harper Adams University.
Previous experience includes working for five years as Technical Manager for a large mineral and supplement business, as well as a Ruminant Nutritionist for seven years within the compound feed and blends sector.
David has specialised in key areas such as robotic milking, lameness in dairy cows and transition cow management.
As a qualified Cow Signals Master Trainer, David has been a mentor for Farming Connect in the area of robotic milking systems and now looks forward to leading the direction of the Wynnstay dairy strategy.
From Aberystwyth, Ken joined Wynnstay in April 2017, whilst increasing the average age of the Dairy Technical Team significantly, he also brings some interesting experience. Specialising in the dairy sector, Ken’s career in agriculture started when he became director of a young innovative agricultural company, developing the first freeze-dried silage inoculant manufactured by Lallemand. Alongside this came high glucogenic compounds balanced for rumen efficiency encouraging forage intake. Latterly, Ken’s interest has focused on the benefits of balancing dairy cow diets for amino acids whilst reducing the crude protein, a passion that started on a visit to Germany in 2008, and continues to drive his search for ruminant knowledge. Apart from his passion for dairy nutrition, Ken’s other passion is football; a qualified coach. He has, until recently, coached Aberystwyth University 1st team for 12 years. He also holds qualifications in Sports Agility & Quickness Coaching, Sports Psychology, and Ruminant Nutrition.
Bethany studied Animal Science with Nutrition at The University of Nottingham; specialising in dairy nutrition and fertility, graduating in 2014. Following this, she completed a commercial nutrition graduate scheme with AB Agri before spending two years as Ruminant and Co-product Developer; getting involved in the whole feed process from ‘farm to fork’ and working with leading UK researchers to bring new products to market that capitalise on cost-effective and sustainable production.
12 months ago, Bethany took the plunge and moved in with her partner on a beef and sheep farm on the Llyn peninsula and started a technical sales role for KW feeds covering North Wales.
Joining Wynnstay in 2018, Bethany now covers North Wales as part of the Dairy Technical Services team (living one minute from the Rhosfawr store and blend site is very handy!), with a keen interest in rationing development, nutrition research, and making the best use of home-grown forage’s in combination with appropriate feeds/additives to make production more profitable.
Rachel Joined Wynnstay in December 2017 as part of the Dairy Technical Team, having previously worked for Delaval since graduating from Aberystwyth University in 2015, where she studied BSc Agriculture with Animal Science.
During her time at university, she became increasingly interested in the dairy industry and took a placement year to work as a herdsperson on a dairy farm in Lincolnshire, then continuing to work at Aberystwyth university’s dairy farm for two years while completing her degree.
Based in Carmarthenshire, Rachel covers the South Wales region; and has a particular interest in body condition, lameness and overall herd health.
Aneurin joined Wynnstay’s Dairy Technical Team in 2019 as a Key Account Manager and brings a wealth of experiences and knowledge to this role. Aneurin gained a BSc Hons degree in Agriculture with Animal Science at Aberystwyth before working in the ruminant feed industry for over 10 years having experienced in several roles.
Aneurin is a qualified Feed Advisor accredited by the Agricultural Industries Confederation and prides himself in providing specialist nutritional advice to ensure profitable on-farm results; latterly, specialising in focusing on properly balancing TMR rations to increase feed efficiency.
Eimear joined the Wynnstay team in 2017 as a Calf Specialist, covering the South West of England she developed the presence of calf milk and youngstock feeds and supported the regional sales team. In October 2018 Eimear was promoted to the position of Calf & Youngstock Manager with overall responsibility to manage The Calf & Youngstock Team, whilst also being the Product Manager for Calf and Lamb Milk Replacers.
Eimear has a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Bristol University and after graduating she joined Foyle Foods, a meat processing company where she developed a keen eye for good carcass quality. Raised on a beef farm in Northern Ireland, Eimear has a firm understanding for the importance of getting the first few months of a calf’s life correct, resulting in a more productive cow and better quality carcass.
Sammy is from a beef and sheep farm in the hills of the Rossendale valley, and although lambing time is her favourite time of year, dairy calves now generally occupy her attention for the other 50 weeks of the year! Her interest in dairy farming was sparked during a one year work placement whilst studying for her degree, BSc Hons Animal Behaviour and Welfare, at Harper Adams University. She was based on a large dairy farm in West Sussex carrying out a research project and getting to grips with the day to day workings of the farm.
Sammy went onto work for a progressive farm animal vets practice as a Veterinary Technician after University, here she has developed a greater knowledge of the health and production aspects of dairy farming, in particular successful calf rearing. Having seen many calf rearing systems, she has an excellent understanding of the importance of setting clear goals and getting things right from the start to ensure healthy and profitable animals.
Sammy will be covering Lancashire and Cumbria.
Calf & Youngstock Specialist - Shropshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire & North Wales
Jess joined as a Wynnstay Calf Specialist in January 2017 having previously worked at Walford college teaching Agriculture. Before that Jess worked at a large veterinary practice in Shropshire as a Veterinary Technician specialising in embryo transfer.
Jess studied for four years at Harper Adams University where she completed a degree in Animal Health (BSc). During her placement year, she worked as a herdsman and calf rearer on a dairy farm in Cheshire. She currently lives on a 400-cow spring calving dairy unit in Shropshire with her partner. Special interests include calf health and productivity.
Living south of Shrewsbury, Jess will cover the counties of North Herefordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire and the North Midlands providing top class advice to farmers and promoting the sales of milk powders, calf feeds, calf machines and other calf related products in conjunction with feed and animal health sales staff and the relevant Wynnstay Stores.
A farmer’s daughter raised on a dairy farm in South Wales, Elinor brings a hands-on approach to the calf specialist team.
Elinor studied for a foundation degree in agriculture at Gelli Aur College. During her time there she worked on a 200 cow dairy farm in the Vale of Glamorgan and was responsible for the role of managing the herd; additional experience included a placement on a spring and autumn calving farm in Aberaeron, rearing calves.
Living in South Wales Elinor will be covering Gwent in the east to Haverfordwest in the west of Wales, Elinor will be there to support and provide advice to farmers on all aspects of calf rearing; ranging from milk powders, heifer feed and calf accommodation.
Elinor has a keen interest in calf housing and is looking forward to helping you make the right choices when it comes to providing calves with the best environment in which they can thrive in.
A farmer’s daughter raised on a mixed beef and sheep farm near Bath, Millie brings a practical and hands-on approach to youngstock rearing.
Living between Bath & Bristol, Millie will cover Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Herefordshire, North Wiltshire, North Somerset and eastwards along the M4 corridor.
With a keen passion for all types of livestock through success in the show ring, stock judging and having established her own pedigree shorthorn herd Millie joins the team bringing with her a wealth of knowledge on the beef industry. Previous experience as a livestock buyer has also lead to a great understanding of what is required when it comes to the end goal of your animal.
A sheep farmer’s daughter from Mid Cornwall; Laura plays a large part in the sheep enterprises at home – breeding and selling pedigree Charolais and Texel sheep. Alongside this, the farm is involved in rearing beef cross dairy calves to be sold as stores.
Laura has gained almost 10 years of relief milking experience on a number of different systems from three-times a day high input to spring calving grass-based herds. Laura studied at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester and graduated with an honour’s degree in Agricultural Management with specific modules in Advanced Livestock Production.
Her studies and hands-on experience have given her a firm understanding of the end requirements of the calves in varying systems.
Having grown up on the family dairy farm in Somerset, when the farm was sold in 2014, Kerry travelled to New Zealand working on a 500 cow dairy farm, on the South Island, for around a year.
Kerry has recently joined the Wynnstay Calf & Youngstock Team having previously worked as a calf rearer and farm admin assistant on a large, autumn block calving herd in Somerset. Kerry helped rear around 500 replacement heifers and 2000 beef calves during the block, gaining excellent experience with automatic feeders and all the challenges rearing large numbers of calves can present.