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Meet our Forage Team

We have a team of highly trained Forage Specialists covering the whole of the UK and are here to help you improve the health and performance of your soil, to maximise your crop yield and quality. From soil testing to nutrient management plans and crop walking, our team are here to help advise and provide you with the best solutions, along with product choice and selection across a wide forage portfolio.

Our Forage Services

Our Specialists have a wealth of knowledge and experience and can help with a wide range of forage related areas including:

Grass   Forage Crops    Fertiliser               Nutrient Management Plans
Maize   Silage Additives   Crop Plans Soil and Slurry Testing

Mel Digger - Forage Product Manager

I joined ForFarmers in 2015 as the UK Forage Product Manager. I work with the Forage Technical Specialists around the country advising and supporting farmers with maximising production and quality from home grown forage. Working with our Ruminant Specialists we can build a feed ration from the soil up to achieve production goals. 

No season is the same so adapting and reviewing opportunities to select the correct crops at the correct time whilst feeding the correct nutrients and  preserving to reduce losses is key to maximising farm profitability.

Call: 07941 859499      Email: mel.digger@forfarmers.eu

Paul Coupe - National Fertiliser Manager

I have worked in the fertiliser industry for many years now and I'm currently responsible for the overall control of the National Fertiliser book for ForFarmers and work in conjunction with the Northern Fertiliser Trader. My area covers from the tip of Cornwall to the Midlands and across to the East Coast.

I work with customers, our sales teams and suppliers to ensure the most suitable and cost effective products on farm, as well as follow the latest market trends.

Call: 07831 665140      Email: paul.coupe@forfarmers.eu

Michelle Cross - Technical Forage Specialist – Wales

I’m the FACTS qualified Forage Specialist working mainly in West Wales but supporting all of Wales as and when needed. There is nothing more satisfying than making a difference and improving forage for my customers.  I love what I do and as my customers know I will do whatever I can to help achieve more milk or meat from forage.

From digging holes, soil sampling, assessing leys, reviewing silage quality and helping improve the slurry utilisation whilst selling the correct product to save on some fertiliser costs - it’s all in a day’s work. I am very fortunate to have a great team to work with and some amazing customers some of which have become good friends as well.

Call: 07825 528961      Email: michelle.cross@forfarmers.eu

Gary Sanderson - Forage Technical Manager – Midlands & North West

Originally from Skipton, North Yorkshire I have over 40 years of experience in the industry. I worked as a dairy farm manager in Staffordshire up until 2008 when I took the decision to re-train as an Agronomist. I joined ForFarmers in 2013 and now work across the North of England, offering BASIS & FACTS qualified advice to farmers on all crops but with a speciality in forage crops.

Outside of work I’m a keen photographer and Rugby Union fan, following Sale Sharks and my local club side Burntwood RUFC, of which I’m also a patron.

Call: 07803 286889      Email: gary.sanderson@forfarmers.eu

Stuart Calow - Northern Fertiliser Trader

I joined ForFarmers in 2018 as the Northern Fertiliser Trader. I cover the Midlands, Mid Wales and all the way to top of Scotland.

I work with customers and suppliers to get the most suitable and cost effective fertiliser products on farm. By following the latest market trends I am able to advise farmers on current buying options and being FACTS qualified the correct product choice.

Call: 07802 173103      Email: stuart.calow@forfarmers.eu

Alan Lockhart - Forage Technical Specialist - South

As the newest member of the team, my role is to help provide technical support to new and existing customers across the South of England. My area stretches from Dorset to Reading and includes the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands.

I've been working in the livestock sector for over 20 years and this has included spells working abroad as an agronomist in both Canada and Saudi Arabia, where I helped large dairy companies grow high quality forages for their dairy herds. I'm FACTS and BASIS qualified and have a keen personal and professional interest in alternative forages, crop protection and agronomy.

I have always felt that if farmers can produce good volumes of high-quality forage, it makes their life so much easier. Rationing is much more straight forward, and livestock health is often improved, as well as overall animal performance.

Call: 07341 589810      Email: alan.lockhart@forfarmers.eu

Hefin Llwyd – Forage Technical Specialist – South West

I have been involved in the agricultural industry all my life, starting out as a stockman, before going into farm management. For twenty years I was a tenant farmer in Mid Devon running a mixed farming business.

I enjoy my role as Forage Specialist, were I can help maximise home grown forage, advise on cropping plans, fertiliser recommendations and use of inoculants. Being FACTS qualified, it allows me to create nutrient management plans and advise best practice on fertiliser and crops.

I have had a long standing interest in maximising production per acre and understanding and finding out how to get the best from the land.

Call: 07767 351164      Email: hefin.llwyd@forfarmers.eu

David Wilde – Forage Technical Manager – North and Scotland

I have an extensive career in agricultural forage including seeds manager and additive product development. I therefore offer a broad depth of knowledge to help and support customers in the North of England and Scotland with their forage choices.

Call: 07881 921445      Email: david.wilde@forfarmers.eu


For more information

To find out more details about our forage services or if you would like to increase your homegrown forage quality contact our team today:

Contact a Forage Specialist today