Wynnstay Dairy Team

Steve Brown

Steve Brown

Ruminant Feeds Product Manager

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Steve joined Wynnstay in 1997 as Ruminant Feeds Technical Manager, following a 19 year career with the ABN group of companies as Ruminant Sales Manager and latterly Nutrition Consultant. Steve is responsible for product development, pricing, marketing and management of all ruminant compound feeds, including milk powders, minerals, supplements and liquid feeds and also heads up the team of Calf and Youngstock Specialists.

Steve started his agricultural career as herdsman for a 300 cow Cheshire dairy farm and after gaining a Diploma in Agriculture, joined a national animal feed company where he progressed to the position of Nutrition Consultant.

Steve has over 35 year’s experience of management and nutrition of dairy cows, calves, beef cattle and sheep and is dedicated to ensuring our customer’s ruminant stock achieve top results.

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Dr Huw McConochie

Dr Huw McConochie

Head of Dairy Technical Services

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Huw joined Wynnstay in 2011 as Senior Dairy Specialist and is now Head of Dairy Technical Services.

Huw heads up the six strong Dairy Technical Services team who provide technical services to Wynnstay customers. Experience wise Huw has worked in the dairy industry for over 27 years during which time he progressed from Herdsman to Farms Manager.

A graduate of Aberystwyth University Huw gained an honours degree in Animal Science and a PhD in Lactation Physiology.

Huw is passionate about the dairy industry with an avid interest in the economics and business operations of dairy farms.

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Rebecca Davies

Rebecca Davies

Product Manager - Milks

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Rebecca Joined Wynnstay in 2013 as a Calf Specialist, progressing to Senior Calf Specialist before becoming the Product Manager for Milks in 2017.

With a BA and MA in Business Management with food supply chain and International Business, RAU, Rebecca brings a business perspective to calf rearing and is passionate about rearing profitable heifers.

A farmer’s daughter and farmers wife, Rebecca is never far from a calf and has a true understanding for just how frustrating they can be at times.

Her role involves being a point of contact for calf milk replacers and their development in Wynnstay – in 2016 Rebecca launched the LifeStart milk powders in to the Wynngold range - as well as sales support for Wynnstay field sales representatives.

Based in Carmarthenshire, Rebecca handles key accounts in South Wales and is involved in everything to do with calves: ranging from milk powder, starter nuts, heifer nuts, to calf accommodation and feeding equipment.


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Iwan Vaughan 

Iwan Vaughan

Dairy Specialist

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Iwan joined Wynnstay in July 2010, after graduating from Aberystwyth University with a First Class BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Animal Science, and later a Diploma in Ruminant Nutrition at Harper Adams University.

After 2 years’ experience within the sales team Iwan joined the Wynnstay Dairy Technical Team.

Iwan’s passion for ruminant management and nutrition, especially dairy, originates from his family farm, which runs dairy, beef and sheep enterprises.

Iwan covers North and Mid Wales areas.

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Mark Price

Mark Price

Dairy Specialist

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From a Dairy Farm in Shropshire, Mark studied Agriculture at University of Reading from 2007 to 2010.

He then spent two years on a Dairy Management training scheme with Kite Consulting, where he worked on a 1200 cow dairy business in Southwest Scotland, the Harper Adams College and a dairy unit in Dorset.

After that, Mark worked on a dairy farm in Shropshire before joining Wynnstay Dairy Technical Services team in March 2015.

Special interests include dairy nutrition locomotion and digital dermatitis.

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Ken March 

Ken March

Dairy Specialist

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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.

Martin Hope 

Martin Hope

Dairy Specialist

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Martin is from a family farm Nr Tewkesbury Gloucestershire.

Has an extensive background in dairy farming having run the dairy business at home for 20 years and previously worked abroad.

Now has a mixed farming enterprise.

Martin joined Wynnstay as part of the dairy technical team in November 2016 and has a particular interest in forage utilisation, transition, overall dairy health and genetics. 

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Nia Davies 

Nia Davies

Dairy Specialist (trainee)

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Nia grew up on a beef and sheep family farm near Tregaron, Ceredigion.

She has been milking for the last five years at a local dairy unit and has developed a passion for this specific sector of the agricultural industry.

Nia has also previously been a relief milker in Ceredigion and involved in calf rearing. Her father is a local Agricultural and Plant Contractor, where she has gained practical experience with farm machinery.

Nia has recently joined Wynnstay part time as a Dairy Technical Specialist (trainee) whilst completing her BSc Agriculture degree at Aberystwyth University, graduating 2018.

Specialist interests include rumen function, forage quality and overall herd health.

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Rachel Gardner

Dairy Specialist (Trainee)

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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 particular interest in body condition, Lameness and overall herd health. 

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Jessica Charlton

Jessica Charlton

Calf Specialist

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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.

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Millie Hendy 

Millie Hendy

Calf Specialist

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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 showring, 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 end goal of your animal.

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Eimear Diamond 

Eimear Diamond

Calf Specialist

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Eimear Joined the Wynnstay team in 2017 as a Calf Specialist.

Eimear has a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Bristol University. 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 calves life correct, resulting in a more productive cow, and better quality carcass.

Eimear, who lives near Exeter, will cover Devon, South Somerset, Dorset, South Wiltshire, Hampshire and other relevant southern areas. 

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Sandy Wilson 

Sandy Wilson

Calf Specialist

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Sandy joined Wynnstay in March 2012 as an Animal Health Specialist covering the North Wales/Cheshire borders.  Sandy is a farmer’s daughter from Ruthin, North Wales, farming both beef and sheep, with an emphasis on calf rearing.  Prior to joining Wynnstay, she studied at Reaseheath College and Harper Adams; alongside her studies, she undertook relief milking on a self-employed basis, gaining invaluable experience of working on a number of different systems.

In August 2016, Sandy, together with her own beef herd, relocated to West Wales where she joined her partner’s family farm of circa 350 head of beef cattle.  In addition, Sandy accepted the role of Calf Specialist covering North, Mid and West Wales, capitalising on her enthusiasm for ensuring maximising productivity, health and performance of cattle. 

Sandy is currently undertaking a distance learning course with Aberystwyth University in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production, ultimately aiming towards a Master’s degree (MSc).  

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Sammy Howorth 

Sammy Howorth

Calf Specialist

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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  Lancaster and Cumbria.

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