ForFarmers has appointed James Collantine as its blend development manager operating in northern England.

The role will entail pricing, raw material acquisition and tailored blend formulation for ForFarmers customers from Birmingham to the Scottish border.

ForFarmers said Collantine has a wealth of experience having worked in similar roles within the feed industry for more than 10 years.

He also has practical, on-farm experience having also worked as a dairy farm manager.

On his appointment, Collantine said: “After a spell working in feed sales in Scotland, I undertook further education and studied for a diploma in ruminant nutrition at Harper Adams in 2016, to expand my knowledge and skillset.

“My new role provides a great opportunity to apply my expertise by understanding the requirements of ForFarmers customers and delivering the most suitable blends that maximise their returns on feed.”

ForFarmers sales manager of blends, Huw Richard Jones, said: “With a vast range of experience within the agriculture industry combined with his technical knowledge, James will be a great asset for ForFarmers and our ruminant customers in the north.”

GSC Grays appointments

GSC Grays has expanded its North of England and Scottish Borders team with James Denne and Tom Robertson joining the company’s Alnwick office.

Denne and Robertson are joining the recently appointed Victoria Mitchell at the farm business consultancy’s Alnwick office.

GSC Grays said the arrival of the new appointments builds on its expansion plans, with the company now employing over 130 staff who operate from nine offices from Nottingham to the Scottish Borders.

GSC Grays managing director Guy Coggrave: “We are delighted to welcome Victoria, James and Tom to our team in Alnwick, particularly during this exciting and challenging phase of expansion for GSC Grays.

“What drives us at GSC Grays is our commitment to exceptional service delivered by local staff who bring energy, drive and expertise to the areas they live in.

“Many of our staff have strong local connections and we continue to expand our regional office network while several competitors have opted to reduce their regional presence.”