Andy joined Mole Valley Farmers in 2010, initially based at SCATS Dorchester. He became a dairy hygiene specialist in 2011 and has built up an excellent reputation with customers for a methodical approach to solving hygiene issues in a practical and cost effective manner.
Andy is now responsible for giving advice on dairy hygiene in Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. He is based in Dorchester and spends his free time as a retained fire fighter at the town’s fire station.
Gemma was born into dairy farming and remains firmly involved in the family dairy business in North Petherwin, near Launceston. She joins Mole Valley Farmers from a well-respected local vet practice where she was responsible for assessing mastitis issues and carrying out blood profiling work for dairy customers.
Gemma is responsible for dairy hygiene business and advice in Cornwall and is very keen to make a positive impact on dairy farms in Cornwall.
Will recently joined Mole Valley Farmers having previously gained extensive experience milking dairy cows in South Devon. He is responsible for the dairy hygiene business and advice in Devon.
Will is studying for his Animal Medicine (AMTRA) exams after which he will be able to make recommendations on animal health products as well as solving dairy hygiene related issues.
Will lives near Newton Abbot and is married with 3 children.
Dairy Hygiene Products:
Advice and Guidance:
- Dairy Hygiene Overview
- Low bactoscans don't necessarilty mean clean milk
- Reducing mastitis - still room to improve parlour routines
Mole Valley Farmers commitment to providing support for dairy farmers has, in recent years, taken a huge step forward.
Mole Valley Farmers have helped many hundreds of farmers who have experienced stock health and hygiene issues on their dairy farms.
Mole Valley Farmers endeavours to support and advise dairy farmers about hygiene and animal welfare to help improve the quality and yield of milk for the farmer. We can also be contacted if a new parlour or shed is being installed and a farmer wants an expert opinion to help avoid future problems.
If you have a high SCC, Bactoscan or Thermodurics report from your milk distributor we would advise you to contact us immediately. The faster we are informed the faster we can help you to resolve the problems.
It should be noted though, there is no need to wait for you to have a big problem, if you suspect that your readings are increasing, even by small amounts or very slowly, then contact us as soon as possible. It is a lot easier to prevent a problem rather than try to tackle a large issue. Which ever scenario may apply to you, do not hesitate to contact us at Mole Valley Farmers.
After contacting our Dairy Hygiene specialists we are likely to arrange a visit to come and see you, your farm and your animals. This visit is not so as to criticise nor admonish you, it is purely so they can see your routine in action and help to advise and direct you in the future. We would prefer to see the last hour of milking, the wash down and also have a walk around the farm. After this, a short time to discuss his findings with you is needed (maximum 30 minutes).
With our vast experience in dairy hygiene it is possible for us to not only advise on the problem you have contacted us over, but also spot any hazards which may be lurking around the corner. This gives you piece of mind that you and your farm have the best possible support and back up.