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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Iwan Vaughan 

Iwan Vaughan

Head of Dairy Technical Services

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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.

Rachel Gardner 

Rachel Gardner

Dairy Specialist

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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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Alasdair Taylor  

Alasdair Taylor 

Dairy Technical Specialist

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Al, is from a farming background where he joined his father and uncle on the family farm specialising in Dairy. With Al’s particular desire to enhance the business model, they progressed to set up a successful heifer rearing business alongside the milking herd; supplying high end and fresh heifers to other dairy units.

Al chose to go to University to further develop his knowledge on nutrition and, upon leaving, enhanced his skills by working on various dairy units, gaining valuable experience with different milking methods and herd sizes.

With a wealth of experience behind him, Al joined Wynnstay in 2017 as a Trainee Dairy Technical Specialist and quickly progressed to a Technical Specialist. He is based in Shropshire and the Welsh Border counties where he is able to give sound technical advice on the health of the dairy heard, as well as rearing advice on the farm’s youngstock.

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Bethany May 

Bethany May

Dairy Specialist

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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 best use of home-grown forage’s in combination with appropriate feeds/additives to make production more profitable.

Eimear Diamond

Calf & Youngstock Manager

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Eimear joined the Wynnstay team in 2017 as a Calf Specialist, covering the South West of England she developed the presence of calf milks 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.

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Sandy Wilson 

Sandy Wilson

Calf & Youngstock 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 & Youngstock 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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Jessica Charlton

Jessica Charlton

Calf & Youngstock 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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Elinor Thomas  

Elinor Thomas 

Calf & Youngstock Specialist

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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 help you make the right choices when it comes to providing calves with the best environment in which they can thrive in.  

Millie Hendy 

Millie Hendy

Calf & Youngstock 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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