North of England
Bridget Taylor - Chairperson of the North of England Regional Advisors
Bridget qualified as a vet from the R(D)SVS, Edinburgh in 1984. After travelling to Botswana on a veterinary research project, a year working back at the Dick Vet in large animal medicine and further travels to New Zealand, she finally settled down in a large mixed practice in Macclesfield, Cheshire, where she has been a partner since 2001. Her day to day work involves dairy cows, beef cattle and sheep and her particular interests are in disease prevention, health planning, farmer training and knowledge transfer.
Fiona attended both Newton Rigg and Lancashire Agricultural Colleges in the 1980’s. She is a RSQP which is useful as her employment with Virbac Animal Health in the North of England brings her into contact with vets, trade and farmers. Interests outside work includes helping on the family arable/sheep farm in Cumbria and following National Hunt Racing.
Eddie spent his early working years as a shepherd and livestock manager in the North West of England and has farmed an extensive hill farm in the Lake District with 2000 Cheviot and Swaledale breeding ewes since 1990. Eddie recently purchased a small farm on the Solway Plain to breed pedigree Cheviot and Texel sheep. Eddie is interested in all aspects of the sheep industry, including working sheepdogs. Eddie has been a member of the National Sheep Association (NSA) Northern regional Committee since 1995 and also now represents this area on the English committee.
Graeme is a veterinary surgeon and farmer's son from North Northumberland. Having qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Edinburgh's Royal Dick Vet School in 1981, Graeme went on to work in Belize for six months and the Republic of Ireland before returning to the home practice in Berwick in 1982. Graeme became a partner of RentonSwan Vets in 1986 and is to become director in the newly merged twenty five man practice of Galedin Veterinary (RentonSwan Vets and Merlin Vet Group).
Thomas lives and works on the family farm at the head of the South Tyne Valley in Cumbria, stocking pedigree Swaledale and Bluefaced Leicester ewes and Galloway cows.
Thomas graduated from Leeds Universtity with a BSc (Hons) degree in Genetics and went on to train as a Clinical Scientist in Molecular Genetics before returning home to farm. His main interests lie in livestock health and production, scientific research and the increasingly important role that genetics has in the livestock industry. Thomas has also been recently invited onto the National Sheep Association Northern Regional Committee.
Rachel is a Veterinary student at the University of Liverpool. She grew up on a dairy farm that currently milks 700 Holsteins. She is particularly interested in youngstock management, infectious diseases and parasite control. In the future Rachel hopes to travel to New Zealand and the USA to look at different farming strategies. In her spare time she enjoys athletics, playing hockey and helping on the family farm.
Clive Brown (co-opted)
Clive joined Eblex in December 2002 as a Regional Manager and now heads up that team. Having spent nearly 20 years working for 2 livestock marketing co-operatives he has a good understanding of livestock production and the whole red meat supply chain. A lot of his time was focused on the development of the beef & sheep industry through supply chain management together with improvements in breeding, feeding and selection.
His current role as head of regional development for EBLEX is one of industry relations and development, liaising with all relevant bodies & individuals, either directly or through other regional staff.
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