A second-generation farmer, Phil was a farm manager for 18 years, until four years ago when he and his wife took an opportunity to begin farming in their own right. They now run a 300-ewe flock on 200 acres and also have a forage business supplying equine feed. Phil is a Nuffield Scholar and a trustee of the John Longwill Agricultural Scheme, who is passionate about getting young people into agriculture trustees.
Andrew works for the Morrison family, looking after their farming interests in North Yorkshire and is based near Thirsk. New to the position, the main estate he is looking after is a blank canvas and he will be starting a new 250-head native-bred suckler herd and a sheep flock over the next 12 months.
Stan is the Livestock Manager at Dunbia (Sawley). He has worked in the meat industry for 40 years. In his spare time Stan enjoys shooting and working his gundogs.
Peter, an AHDB Beef & Lamb board member, is a commercial sheep farmer with a keen interest in breeding. Named as the Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year in 2007, Peter farms in Devon, with 800 breeding ewes and 350 ewe lambs, which are all fully performance recorded 130 Suffolks, 120 Texels, 140 Friesland and 760 Exlana Composites.
Jonathan is chief executive of the British Charollais Sheep Society. He is also chairman of the Charollais Sires, CST Recorded Ram Marketing and the Sheep Breeders Roundtable. Jonathan runs a pedigree Charollais sheep breeding flock in Norfolk. He and his wife are partners in their own business which provides services to farming organisations and also farm ducks.
Howard, an AHDB board member, runs a flock of 800 Romney Marsh and Texel X Romney ewes with 200 homebred replacements on 250 acres in Kent. The flock is closed and high-indexed New Zealand genetics are used across the best recorded sheep to breed replacements, with commercial ewes going to a Texel ram. Predominately a forage-based system with some away-wintering and high quality haylage, very little concentrate is fed.
Kevin is a senior lecturer in livestock production at Bicton College, Devon. He has a special interest in safeguarding the training of practical skills, putting science into practice and the efficiency of ruminant production systems. Kevin was brought up on a family farm in South Devon and was educated at Bicton College and Nottingham University. He began working at a college in East Anglia in 1996, before returning to Devon 10 years ago.
Bryan was educated at Hartpury College, where he now works as a lecturer in agriculture. He is the leader of the agriculture apprenticeship provision and tutor to the students. With more than 20 years experience in the industry, Bryan covers all aspects of agriculture, but the majority of his lecturing has a livestock bias. Bryan has a particular interest in recording sheep; he works with Signet-recorded pedigree Lleyns alongside his Hartpury commitments.
Nick brings extensive experience of the Agri-food industry having previously worked from farm to fork delivering supply chain initiatives around the world in a wide range of categories. He has proven skills in supply chain management, animal welfare auditing and particular knowledge of how to drive business performance and relationships and how to deliver supply chain requirements.
Since leaving Harper Adams University in 2005, George has farmed with his father on their family farm just south of York . The farm comprises of sheep and landscape turf over 1000 acres. The sheep consist of 400 Meatlinc ewes, producing 120 rams for sale each year. There are a further 400 commercial ewes producing slaughter lambs. Georges main passion is driving forward the genetic progress of the Meatlinc
Ed is a fifth-generation farmer running the family beef and arable farm on the edge of the Mendip Hills. Cattle are rotationally grazed in mobs on custom-feeding contracts. He holds board positions with AHDB Beef & Lamb and Nuffield Farming Scholarships. He is also chairman of Meat South West, the organisation behind the Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) status for West Country Beef and Lamb.
Sarah is Group Agriculture Manager for Dawn Meats covering the UK and Ireland. Sarah originates from a beef farm in Norfolk but now lives with her husband William in Northern Ireland, running pedigree Hereford herd and a cross-bred suckler herd. Sarah is Nuffield Farming Scholar.
Ed Higgins farms alongside his father in South Shropshire, where they run 1300 lowland ewes and finish their lambs intensively. He has worked on the family farm for the past 16 years, having previously attended Walford College and spent time working in New Zealand. Ed has a keen interest in the costs of production and forage grazing management.
Pearce is Asda’s agricultural development manager and has worked for Asda since June 2007. Prior to that he worked for Welsh Country Foods, where he was a lamb buyer and the company’s Asda LambLink coordinator. Pearce is also heavily involved in running the family beef and sheep farm in North Wales. This involvement inspires him to make changes that will benefit all links in Asda’s many agricultural supply chains.
Ted is Farmstock Sales Manager and Auctioneer at Skipton Mart, which is part of a larger group that handles the sale of 300,000 sheep and 20,000 cattle annually. He studied Agricultural Marketing at Harper Adams University and Valuation Surveying at the University of Salford. Ted is a Fellow of The Livestock Auctions Association and the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland. His family farm beef and sheep in the Yorkshire Dales.
Mike runs a 320 acre mixed farm near York. Half of the farm is arable, providing feed and bedding for the 110 cow Elm House Red suckler herd, which produces high-quality, fast-growing British Blue X cattle from the South Devon X Limousin cows. The farm has strong supply chain links through ABP and is also ASDA’s development and educational beef farm. Mike has served two terms as an AHDB Beef & lamb board member.
A previous AHDB Beef & Lamb board member, David is involved with the NFU and Assured Farm Standards Beef and Lamb Board. David farms 1200 acres; a mixture of lowland and arable, which rises to 2,000ft above sea level. He runs hill sheep, suckler cows and finishing cattle, with the sheep sold for breeding or as finished lambs. His cattle are sold at a local auction market as entire bulls and heifers.
Carl was born and bred on a County Durham hill farm, which produces Swaledales, North of England Mules and Blue Faced Leicester sheep, as well as pedigree Limousin and Beef Shorthorn cattle. Carl is on the National Sheep Association organising Committee for North Sheep. He has just completed his term as National Blue Faced Leicester Chairman and has been elected the North of England British Wool Marketing Board Member. He is Vice-Chairman of his local auction mart.
John is the chairman and senior partner of McCartneys Livestock Auctioneers, chartered surveyors and estate agents, based at Ludlow. He has been in auctioneering since graduating from Reading University in 1973. John has been on the BRP beef steering committee since its inception. Away from the day job, he is a member of a small family partnership that breeds and keeps pedigree Texel sheep and Aberdeen Angus cattle.
Neil Wharton is a farmer’s son who has spent his life in the agriculture industry. He is currently Regional Business Director for Genus with additional responsibilities for beef in the Genus UK business. He previously spent 35 years on beef, sheep, dairy and arable farms. He has worked in the UK, Canada, USA, South America, New Zealand and Australia, and has spent the last 15 years working with Genus.