Ruminant Team

Pete Davis

Pete Davis

Pete Davis is our Ruminant Nutritionist. His role is to support our ruminant team throughout the South West and work with our chosen partners to continually improve our technical offering and develop new ideas.

He maintains a number of accounts of his own, and his day-to-day diary can vary from advising customers on extensive grazing to intensive high yielding dairy systems. He is a specialist in on-farm trouble shooting of particularly health, fertility and performance-orientated problems.
This has led to him advising some of the most prestigious herds in the UK including Gold Cup, National Holstein and European Dairy Event-winning herds and animals.
Fundamentally though, Pete takes pride in working with any size business and helping them to achieve their goals.
 
Brought up on a large dairy, arable and beef unit in Hertfordshire, he has 30 years of experience, including managing dairy herds and farms across the country from Middlesex to Yorkshire.
Nutritional and Management Consultancy has dominated the last 16 years, which also included running a large animal vet practice.
 
“To me this job is exciting every day. There are so many ways to do the same job and fortunately no blue print that says everyone needs to be the same. I believe it is all about the bigger picture, a jigsaw if you like that will only make sense when all of the pieces are in the right place. If you have the right people working with you, then that puzzle can become the most rewarding, satisfying, exciting and profitable farm business that you could ever imagine.”
On a personal note, Pete is extremely competitive and so will do his utmost to succeed at whatever he does. For 15 years he competed at sidecarmotocross and is very proud of the fact that during that time he was fortunate to achieve a childhood dream by representing Great Britain in the European Championships for 4 years.

Contact:
South-West
M : 07872 970635
E : pete@creditonmilling.co.uk

Mark Causey

Mark Causey

After 24 years in the feed industry, Mark has now returned to Crediton, where it all began for him. Back then he was a trainee rep for Pauls Agriculture at Lords Meadow and now, although several years older and wiser, still feels there is much to learn.

Every day is a school day” is one of the rules Mark lives by. Once we stop learning we should pack up and go home. Much has changed in those 24 years but much has stayed the same. Farmers still want value for money and quality of service.
Mark’s role is to help farmers in Cornwall and the South Hams make enough profit to create a sustainable lifestyle for themselves and their families. His main focus is on long term herd health and profitable milk production. This hinges on good farming, coupled with sound advice and creating a team of people to help achieve both the management goals of the business and the personal goals of the farmer.
Mark has a small farm in South Devon which is managed by his wife Janet and played on by their son Daniel, and these three things take up most of his spare time. Mark also enjoys cycling, running and chocolate.

Contact:
South-West
M : 07968 168449
E : mark.causey@btconnect.com

John Cann

John Cann

John brought his extensive knowledge to CMC’s ruminant team in 2015. As well as being a feed advisor, he also has a family run, robotic, dairy farm in Devon. John says this means he sees both sides of the fence.

I knew I wanted to be a farmer from a very young age and couldn’t wait to leave school to work on a large local dairy farm. I learnt a great deal and it made me even more determined to build my own farming business.
In 1995 after applying for many council farms, myself, and my wife Tracey, were successful with a 15 year tenancy for a 112 acre dairy farm in Tavistock. After 14 years, and no chance extending our tenancy, we made the very hard decision to sell our 150 cows which enabled us to buy a small dairy farm in Highampton. Here we contract reared dairy replacements and I started my Sales Rep career.
In 2013 we decided to start milking cows again, this time with a robot. In November 2013 everything came together and we started our dairy farming business again and  I was able to also carry on my role as a Sales Rep.
Since starting as a ‘Sales Rep’ John has forged a considerable reputation and can always be relied on to say it how he sees it.

Contact:
South-West
M : 07971 123984
E : john.cann@creditonmilling.co.uk

Steven Baker

Steve Baker

Steven is based in East Devon and has been working with CMC for over 20 years becoming an integral part of our team. Steven is deeply involved in his customers businesses and has been trading with many for twenty years and more regarding them as his good friends.

He thinks deeply about the farm situation and will tailor our product around the individual needs of each customer.
Steven loves cricket and bike riding but hates the cold. To that end, he has mastered the use of the modern airline whereby he sources return tickets to the sunshine cheaper than a single fare to Cornwall!

Contact:
East Devon
M : 07970 578962

Phil Stoneman

Phil Stoneman

Phil joined us in 2010 and working in Mid Devon. He was a herd manager before joining Oldacres and then moved to Three Counties Feeds before arriving at CMC.

Phil thrives in the working environment afforded by an independent company so we were delighted when the sales of both of his previous employers saw him join our team. His commitment to personal service reflects our own long time ethos and he brings a good all round practical knowledge to any dairy farm.
Phil spends most of his spare time being walked by his Husky, Storm. He’s an avid follower of Tottenham Hotspur and so most Monday mornings is a bit down in the dumps. Phil also enjoys a day at Cheltenham races.

Contact:
Devon & Somerset
E: phil.stoneman@creditonmilling.co.uk
M : 07860 400133

Joe Banks

Joe Banks

Joe joined with six varied years  experience in the industry. In his short career so far, he has worked in the retail, fertiliser and feed sectors of agriculture. He believes this gives him a unique outlook on farm.

Joe’s biggest passion is for Beef and Sheep and he is continually developing his already extensive knowledge in this area. He believes in the power of grass and thinks it is one of the biggest undervalued resources on farm. He also sees that the younger generation are the future of our Industry and is very enthusiastic when engaging with the youth of farming in the UK. Joe thinks that customers are the priority and puts service first. Looking to work closely with all who deal with him. His aims are to help improve their farming business, to guide them where possible to maximise profitability and utilise as much of their on farm resources as possible. This, he believes, leads to building a sustainable business and for him, a strong relationship with his customers.
During the winter Joe is often found out working his dogs and lining up on a peg. But when the days get warmer he likes to get out and enjoy the countryside astride his trusty mountain bike.

Contact:
Somerset
M : 07885 367440
E : joe.banks@creditonmilling.co.uk

Gary Pulsford

Gary Pulsford

Gary has been a renowned feed specialist since the late 90’s. Well known through Somerset and surrounding areas he is well regarded not only for his knowledge but also the positive attitude and cheery demeanour he brings on every farm visit.

He has been immersed in farming all of his life, growing up on the families mixed dairy, arable and beef farm which they still run today. More recently the emphasis has been firmly on dairy having recently installed robotic milkers.
After agricultural college and working on the family farm Gary started up his own business hauling mainly grain and straights in and out of farms, docks and mills. Unfortunately, he lost his HGV licence at the age of 29 when diagnosed with diabetes. He then sold the business and had a change of direction and hasn’t looked back, starting his feed sales career with a local merchant before moving to a national feed compounder before joining our team. He has array of customers whom he considers to be good friends. Gary not only brings practical farm knowledge on his visits but he has also spent many weeks at Liverpool University ensuring that he has the theoretical knowledge too. Gary has the advantage and understanding you get of seeing the industry from both sides of the fence.  The family farm is always ready to trial new ideas and products and this gives him the ability to be innovative and trial any new ideas with his colleagues.
Garys spare time sees him enjoy skittles, watching his son Ashley race at Autograss meetings throughout the UK and collecting old tractors. Alongside his daughter Gemma they restore and show the tractors and currently have thirty five!
Gary and his wife Maria are currently building a new family home. Gary says that this project will probably turn him grey but he would like it on record that he doesn’t colour his hair.  (Maria is a hair dresser though and his hair is still very dark still)

Contact:
Somerset
07872 970634
gary.pulsford@creditonmilling.co.uk

Trevor Bedford

Trevor Bedford

Trevor joined CMC as a young rep in his early twenties. Thirty years later much may have changed but the trademark moustache still remains.

Nowadays he has a varied role looking after many ruminant farmers and merchant stores through our trading area, as well as being responsible for organising our events and the shows we attend.

In his spare time he enjoys hunting, squash, tennis and will often be found supporting the Exeter Chiefs.

Contact:
Devon & Gloucester
M : 07971 123982
E : trevorbedford@creditonmilling.co.uk

Steve Chapman

In 2012 Steve founded his own company, SC Nutrition. The aim is to provide a cutting edge and thorough approach to a manageable number of farms in Cornwall, paying particular focus to the effect nutrition can have on cow comfort.

He started his career out with BOCM before moving onto Mole Valley and then setting up his own company. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work so closely with Steve.
When asked about how he spends his spare time, Steve says when he isn’t focused on cows he is spending time with his family.

Contact:
Cornwall
M : 07718 086911
E : steve@scnutritionltd.com

Mike Hawken

Mike formed his own company, the imaginatively titled Mike Hawken Ag in 2005. His stated aim is to provide total farming solutions to the dairy farmer in Cornwall. He worked for FSL Bells and Mole Valley Farmers before branching out on his own.

Mike sells a broad range of farm products, and has a keen association with CMC, not only selling our feeds but also providing bagged storage and haulage in Cornwall. Mike is very focused on customer service and nothing is too much trouble and if he doesn’t know the answer, he will bring an associate to the farm that does.
Once a well known football referee and Cornish Samba band player Mikes spare time is now spent relaxing in his Jacuzzi and Sauna.

Contact:
Cornwall
M : 07870 875018