Animal nutrition specialists and feed mill, East Coast Viners has increased its headcount with the appointment of Rebecca Bennet as trainee ruminant nutritionist.

A recent graduate of Harper Adams University, Rebecca has broad practical on-farm experience working with dairy, beef cattle, and sheep.

Ryan Daly of East Coat Viners said: “Good nutrition is becoming increasingly important for livestock producers as they focus on productivity and efficiency, managing input costs and environmental challenges to achieve the best return for their businesses.

“We are delighted to be expanding the team by bringing Rebecca on board, furthering our ability to provide continued support to our customers.

“We look forward to getting her out on the road with our team to build her experience and meet our customers.”

Rebecca, originally from Lancashire, has a particular interest in cattle nutrition. Having completed her placement year through Harper Adams, working for a feed company gaining knowledge in optimising transition management on dairy farms in the North and Midlands of England.

This included improving production, cow comfort, and looking at the best nutrition from pre-calving to post-calving while also assessing the cows’ metabolic health, body condition score, environment, and milk data to identify issues and provide practical solutions.

She said: “I’m really enjoying being part of the East Coast Viners team and learning more about nutrition and how different approaches can improve the health and performance of livestock.

“It’s an area I’ve always been interested in and it’s amazing to have this opportunity to be learning hands-on with such an experienced team.”

When at home Rebecca enjoys walking, training her sheep dog, and helping on the farm. She has also been an active member of Slaidburn Young Farmers Club for 10 years, taking part in many competitions including sports, stock judging, cooking, and public speaking.