Region: South West and WalesRead Profile
Colin Gravatt supports poultry producers in the mid-South West and Wales, with good practical advice for free range and organic producers.
Colin joined Humphrey Feeds and Pullets in 2002. He had previously sold game feed for a regional compounder, then switched to looking after broiler and layer customers for a national feed manufacturer.
Now with 30 years' experience under his belt, Colin's experience, calm manner and amazing brain for numbers prove hugely popular with his customers and colleagues alike.
Colin is a passionate believer in being up close with the birds to ensure that they are happy. If they are displaying the correct behaviours, have the right nutrition, ventilation, water and light, then he knows the farmer will be successful.
In 2016, he was runner up for the Farmers Weekly Advisor of the Year Award.
Colin is married to Cindy and has two children one of whom is studying in New Zealand. His passion for rugby stems from the fact that he is a New Zealander but is one Kiwi who supports England!
“Colin sets the bar high for everyone else, he’s just the all-round package. He nurtures everything – his colleagues, the birds, his relationship with industry. He’s a person that truly believes in what he does.”
— Martin Humphrey
Region: South EastRead Profile
Steve’s supports poultry producers in the South East.
Steve qualified from Hadlow College in 1995 and promptly joined, Barradale Farm Ltd. He worked for a year in the West Country on a 30,000 free-range site, then moved to West Sussex running a 30,000 free-range poultry site for a further 4 years. Barrodale Farms had close to 800,000 birds and supplied the London trade directly, including Buckingham Palace and Harrods.
When Barradale Farm Ltd was sold, Steve moved to a local feed compounder and after three years, Humphrey Feeds and Pullets was delighted to have Steve join their team in 2003.
Steve’s entire working experience has been in poultry where his passion and professionalism for this sector is clear to all and he is a highly respected member of the team.
"Steve has extensive poultry experience, learning initially from his fatherwho was the farms director of a egg laying business. He started his professional life running a free range farm, and in the following 20 years involved in the free range sector, has been amassing knowledge and sharing best practice with his customers ever since.
Outside of work, he is a keen enthusiast of all country pursuits"
- Martin Humphrey
Region: Wales & Welsh/English borderRead Profile
Gwenda supports free range and organic producers throughout Wales and along the border. She supports feed and pullet customers in this developing region of the UK. She is based in Mid Wales sp is located close to her customers.
Gwenda joined Humphrey Feeds and Pullets in November 2014 following 7 years with a poultry producer group in mid Wales, where she worked as a supplier auditor ensuring all produce met the market standards including Freedom Foods and the Lion Code. Following a degree in Criminology from Swansea and after packing eggs as a holiday job keeping egg suppliers in line and to standard was second nature.
Being local, has been of huge benefit in the rapidly developing Welsh free range free range sector. Gwenda’s customers know that her passion and knowledge of the sector is available whenever needed – of particular significance to the many producers newly setting up within the sector.
Gwenda has advised a number of producers including those new to Free Range, assisting them to achieve impressive results. One of her strengths is the ability to extract the best control and optimal performance from the latest computerised enviornmental control systems.
Gwenda is a great traveller and you are as likely to see her on the Inca trail as exploring the many beautiful parts of the UK.
"Gwenda is an asset to our team, bringing youthful enthusiasm and a questioning mind as well as a massive desire to resolve on farm challenges in the best possible way"
- Martin Humphrey
Region: CentralRead Profile
David Hope supports free range and organic producers in the central region. David’s territory is best described as North of the M4 as far as Leicester, extending over to the M5 in the west and eastward into Norfolk for feed customers. Pullet deliveries do extend further northwards, with David able to assist pullet customers into Yorkshire.
David joined Humphrey Feeds and Pullets in October 2016 from Integra, where he worked as Technical Operations Manager. David also draws on his previous experience as Egg Production Manager at Barrington Park Estate.
Building relationships with farmers is a key part of David’s approach to flock management. By staying close to the detail, David is able to monitor changes and provide the best solutions for his customers.
David has a young daughter, Lottie, and spends much of his spare time running alongside her as she rides her pony.
"David has a broad range of experience; rearing, layers and organic systems, as well as an in depth understanding of auditing requirements, all sills and experience he has used to help his customers.
I am pleased to have David's skills and experience in the team"
- Martin Humphrey
Region: South WestRead Profile
Anna Cutler has two focuses:
1. helping free range producers in in the South West
2. managing our contract rearing farms in the South West
Anna previously had eleven years working experience in the poultry sector, seven of which has focused predominately in the free-range sector.
Anna initially supported Colin Gravatt on a part-time basis from 2008, and Humphrey Feeds was delighted for Anna to permanently join the team of Poultry Specialists in a full-time capacity from January 2010.
Anna’s invaluable stock management knowledge and experience along with an enormous determination to find solutions to the tiniest of problems, has seen Anna win the respect of her customers as a trusted Poultry Specialist.
Anna comments “The overall health of the bird is the most important aspect of keeping chicken. If the bird is happy and healthy then the eggs will naturally follow. That means getting the internal and external environments correct from day one.”
Anna and her daughter share their home with a menagerie of various pets.
"Anna has a natural affinity with flocks and believes in a holistic, well-rounded approach to all animals. Anna’s natural enthusiasm and energy for life, coupled with her special bond for any animal is an endearing trait that is appreciated by her customers and colleagues alike"
- Martin Humphrey
Region: Welsh BordersRead Profile
James Wilson has joined Humphrey Feeds and Pullets as a Poultry Specialist based in the Welsh Borders. He grew up on a mixed farm in Northampton, where his family farmed beef, sheep and arable, but he spent his weekends and holidays helping out at home and at a friend’s organic laying farm locally; so his future was always going to be agricultural.
James has many years of experience in free range; conventional and organic, including 3 years at Stonegate.
A keen sportsman, James enjoys cricket, rugby and football and is part of the NFU Poultry Industry Programme 2018
CEO FeedsRead Profile
Paul qualified with a degree in Animal Physiology and Nutrition in 1978. His first appointment was as a nutritional sales representative for Upjohn. He then moved to the feed compounding industry as Assistant Nutritionist at Oldacres, then was seconded to work for family-owned feedmills and premix plants in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
Paul then joined Format International – where for several years he travelled the world selling feed formulation software and training nutritionists. He was appointed CEO of Lys Mill in 1989, an Oxfordshire based feed compounder, when he also studied for his MBA.
Paul joined Humphrey Feeds in 2004, where he is responsible for nutrition, raw material purchasing, and production and logistics.
Paul sits on the Feed Executive Committee of the Agricultural Industry Confederation, after many years contributing to the Legal and Scientific Feed Committee of AIC. Paul has been a staunch supporter of the Society of Feed Technologist, having been actively involved on their committee for many years, and recently presented a paper covering the history of the UK feed industry.
In his spare time, Paul researches the history of old buildings and local history.
Sales DirectorRead Profile
University seems a long time ago, but Martin left Newcastle with a degree in Agricultural and Food Marketing. After a stint as an accountant, Martin joined the family business swapping a pin-stripped suit for a shovel, and started work on our broiler farms. He ran a site for nearly a year before moving to work on two laying farms.
Martin then moved to the feeds business which was largely integrated, supplying predominantly company farms and a few friends. Martin's focus was production, raw material purchasing and formulations. He took on the sales activity, developing the team of experienced poultry specialists that are now supporting customers across the south of the UK.
When Paul Poornan joined the business, Martin, was able to focus on the sales side of the feed business, and more recently has taken on the responsibility of Humphrey Pullets, which he loves, as it takes him back closer to his poultry production routes.
Martin has been co-opted to sit on the NFU Poultry Board and the BFREPA committee.
Rearing DirectorRead Profile
After graduating from the Royal Agricultural College, Charles managed farming estates initially in Wiltshire and Dorset. His main focus was arable crops, mixed with a variety of livestock enterprises, game shooting and equestrian activities, all of which provided a variety of enjoyable challenges.
After a move to an estate in Hampshire in 2003, he introduced domestic and commercial property to the mixed farming experience which lead 4 years later, to a move to Humphrey Farms as Property Manager.
After managing the re-development of mothballed intensive laying houses at Twyford, which created Hazeley Enterprise Park, Charles assisted Peter Humphrey with the development of the companies Barn egg production units and the fledgling pullet supply enterprise.
10 years after joining the company Charles is proud of Humphrey Pullets achievements and has ambitious plans to expand the business.
Charles is the Chairman of the Pullet Rearer's Association, and is the PRA's nominated representative on the BEIC Council. Charles is also secretary of the Severn Valley Discussion Group which meets for the benefit of free range farmers in Ross-on-Wye.
"Charles has had a significant impact upon the growth of Humphrey Pullets, bringing his intense attention to detail, boundless energy enthusiasm to every challenge the business experiences. He has enjoyed the transition from being a `farm manager buying things, to being a director selling pullets'. With George he leads a strong team focussed on producing the best pullets available."
- Martin Humphrey
General Manager RearingRead Profile
George is responsible for the operation and management of our rearing farms, both of our own farms, and contracted farms.
George managed the company’s laying and rearing farms for 12 years, before taking a break to run a Pub! “I was responsible for both free range and barn production systems as well as working on the feed side, which has given me a unique perspective across the business.”
George rejoined the business six years ago, and was responsible for feed and pullet sales in the area north of the M4 and east of Birmingham. As such he has worked closed with a number of customers for several years before he took on his current role, which returns him to his production roots.
George works closely with Charles Macleod as well as the team of Poultry Specialists who cover the south of the UK.
“I am delighted to announce that George has migrated from his sales role to the rearing of our pullets as I know that he always loved working with young birds.”
“George will be working with Charles and our pullet customers to rear, and deliver robust pullets ready for the rigours of life on the range. As a poultry farmer with many years’ experience on farm and at the feed mill, he has a tremendous amount of knowledge covering the entire stock management process which will be of great value to our customers.”
— Martin Humphrey