South of England
Frank Langrish - Chairman of the South of England Regional Advisors
Frank farms sheep and cattle on farms at Rye in East Sussex, with over 4,000 Romney and Romney cross ewes and purchased store cattle. Most of the lambs are sold finished through Ashford market or to local butchers and farm shops. He is past chairman of the British Wool Marketing Board and is a Council Member of the NFU.
Emma graduated from Newcastle University in 1984 with a degree in Agriculture. She then spent two years in New Zealand working with sheep and derr before returning to the UK to take over the management of the 6,000 acre family farm in Herefordshire with her husband. Emma has a particular interest in all aspects of sheep and grassland management having won numerous local sheep and grassland competitions over the years.
Patrick graduated from Bangor University in 1987 with a degree in agriculture. After a year travelling he returned to the family farm in Northamptonshire and to his passions of rugby and sheep. The farm is now dominated by 1250 ewes and ewe lambs, a North Country Mule core flock crossed with NZ Suffolk to produce ewe lambs for the main flock. Charolais terminal sires then supply the desired product. Rugby completes the picture, although Patrick confesses that he is too ancient to play, he does enjoy coaching a junior team to keep his hand in!
Peter has a sheep farm on permanent pasture LFA land within the Dartmoor National Park, in Devon, with 1100 breeding ewes, all fully performance recorded. Virtually all breeding stock are sold direct from the farm, relying on the development of good customer relations to ensure repeat custom by maintaining a reputation for producing stock which are truly fit for purpose. Previously Peter was a Dairy Cattle specialist advisor with ADAS. He also spent 3 years on a world study tour including New Zealand, Australia, parts of South America and South East Asia. His other interests include his family, travel, and sport.
Nick qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1976. His working career has been in mixed practice and he retired from general practice in 2011, leaving as he senior partner in a six vet mixed practice. Prior to retirement his special interest was in sheep and dairy goat health and production. Nick now works part time for a sheep AI company with particular interest in ram and sheep reproduction. Nick also runs the family farm breeding pedigree charollais sheep and producing finished lambs.
Bill is an SQP from North Devon whose sales area covers North Devon and West Somerset including all of the Exmoor National Park.
He was raised on his parents' beef and sheep farm in North Devon, and upon leaving school he worked on the family farm part-time alongside work on a neighbouring dairy farm. Bill studied agricultural engineering at North Devon College and once his parents’ farm was sold in 1973 he joined a local agricultural engineers business where he worked as a sales representative for many years.
Wanting to concentrate more on the livestock sector, he became an agent for Osmond’s Animal Health in the late 1980s. He joined his current employers, D & I Bridgman & Son in 1995, as a sales team member with special responsibility for animal health, and became an SQP in 1997.
Bill has been married to his wife Gail for 36 years and has 3 children, becoming proud grandparents in 2011.
Nerys Wright (Co-opted member)
Nerys Wright is the South East Regional contact for EBLEX representing English beef and lamb producers. Nerys has a background in farm livestock health and production and has a keen interest in sheep and beef disease.
Nerys is a farm animal SQP (suitably qualified person) and is studying for a part-time PhD with the University of Nottingham. The research project is the impact that ewe body condition has on lamb weight weaned per ewe.
Alan qualified from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1990 and spent sixteen years in private large animal practice. Whilst based predominantly in the North West he also worked in Yorkshire, Northumbria and East Anglia. In practice he worked with all sectors of the livestock industry and was awarded a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction with Liverpool University. In 2006 he joined the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) as a Veterinary Investigation Officer (VIO). This enabled him to pursue a career in gross pathology and disease diagnostics of livestock species. In addition to this he developed additional expertise in areas such as zoonosis, notifiable disease, teaching and food safety. Further qualifications beckoned and he gained an MSc in Applied Toxicology whilst in this role. The VLA laboratory he was based at acted as a clinical associate of Nottingham Veterinary School, teaching final year students. He has published a number of peer reviewed journals and presented at both national and international conferences.
Following the review of surveillance provision in England and Wales, his VIO role was discontinued. He took up the role of senior large animal pathologist and laboratory manager with the Origin Animal Health Group, based at Sutton Bonington. This allowed him to maintain his teaching role with the Nottingham Vet School in conjunction with provision of a post mortem service for local livestock practitioners. He has recently established an independent consultancy business and is now looking for opportunities to develop this service full time. He is currently on the British Veterinary Association’s Continuing Professional Development Committee providing guidance on livestock training for practitioners. He also works part time at the Shrewsbury Veterinary Investigation Centre so keeps up to date with both the current endemic disease patterns and new and emerging issues.
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