One of the North East’s leading livestock feed companies has announced the appointment of an agri-livestock specialist to work with farmers across Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.
Will Hopkins joins Northumbrian Quality Feeds from Mole Valley Farmers, where he held the same position at the company’s Alnwick store and was responsible for more than 1,000 accounts.
He made the move from farm store giant to family run firm, he explained, to develop a more ‘hands on’ relationship with farmers.
Founded by livestock farmers Stuart and Wendy Hyslop in 2007, NQF caters for customers in Northumberland and the Borders, providing both conventional and organic ranges of nuts, rolls, pellets, mixtures, blends and minerals both for delivery and for collection from its at Easington Farm in Belford, Northumberland.
Mr Hopkins said: “I have already formed some good relationships with farmers and customers in the area in my previous role.
“I am looking forward to developing these relationships further with NQF, and also being a part of the future evolution of the products and the company.”
As well as a wealth of experience, Mr Hopkins also brings to the NQF team his newly qualified status of R-SQP.
The qualification, from the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA), means he is able to give advice on feed, prescribe medicines and devise animal health plans for farm animals, equine and companion animals.
Mr Hopkins added: “I am excited to get stuck into my new role, to grow the business and strengthen already existing relationships with customers.
“In my new position my aim is to help farmers to get the best from their livestock.”
NQF general manager John Naylor said: “We are delighted to welcome Will to the team. His main focus in the business will be to support and advise farmers and devise bespoke advisory packages for each.
“His experience with customers in the Northumberland and Border area, and his new qualification gives him the exact skills to embrace this position.”
Priding itself on being a company run by farmers for farmers, NQF employs seven people and focuses on ensuring animals’ nutritional requirements can be met at all times through the correct feed packages.
Offering tailor-made solutions for livestock, it says, is becoming increasingly important at a tight when farmers’ margins remain tight.