John brought his considerable dairy expertise to CMC in 2015, immediately becoming a key part of our ruminant technical team joining Matt, Pete and Mark.
As well as being a dairy feed nutritionist, he also has a family run, robotic, dairy farm in Devon. John says this means he sees both sides of the fence.
I knew I wanted to be a farmer from a very young age and couldn’t wait to leave school to work on a large local dairy farm. I learnt a great deal and it made me even more determined to build my own farming business.
In 1995 after applying for many council farms, myself, and my wife Tracey, were successful with a 15 year tenancy for a 112 acre dairy farm in Tavistock. After 14 years, and no chance extending our tenancy, we made the very hard decision to sell our 150 cows which enabled us to buy a small dairy farm in Highampton. Here we contract reared dairy replacements and I started my Sales Rep career.
In 2013 we decided to start milking cows again, this time with a robot. In November 2013 everything came together and we started our dairy farming business again and I was able to also carry on my role as a Sales Rep.
Since starting as a what he calls a ‘Sales Rep’ but what we call a Dairy Feeds Advisor, John has forged a considerable reputation and can always be relied on to say it how he sees it!