100 years of history

Wynnstay has officially celebrated 100 years in agriculture and to mark this major milestone, 2018 will see a year of celebrations for the company and its customers.

“Having been established as a farmer cooperative on the 17 January 1918, we’re extremely proud that a century on, the business remains true to its roots and farmer focused,” says Ken Greetham, Wynnstay Chief Executive.

“The firm foundations established in Llansantffraid by the founding farmer members, has enabled Wynnstay to grow into a national business that now spans from Scotland through to Lancashire and Yorkshire, into the Midlands, Wales, and down as far as the South West coast.”

He explains that the business has adapted to the changing times in farming over the past 100 years and this has been an important part of its success.

“From a post-war Britain, through the agricultural policy changes in the 1970’s, to the focus on technology that we are now seeing in the 21st century, we’ve always observed the needs of farmers.”

To mark the occasion, Wynnstay have planned a full year of celebrations. “As it’s such a big milestone for the business, we’ll be celebrating in a variety of ways with staff and customers across all Wynnstay divisions,” says Mr Greetham.

“Celebrations will include staff charity challenges, local fundraisers and the production of a limited edition centenary grassland mix. We’re also excited to announce the launch of the Wynnstay Innovation and Excellence Awards,” he adds.

Open to all farmers in the UK, the awards will celebrate success and innovation across all sectors of the UK farming industry, from arable through to dairy, beef, sheep and poultry.

“We’re part of an exciting and forward-thinking industry, and in our daily work we’ve come across some outstanding farm enterprises. The awards offer the perfect opportunity for Wynnstay to recognise and celebrate these business with the wider farming industry,” says Mr Greetham.

“Our centenary year is a celebration of Wynnstay’s achievements to date, but it also allows us to look forward to how the business will continue to evolve,” he adds.

“In the last 100 years, we’ve become a significant supplier to the agricultural industry in the UK, and have plans to continue expansion of the business in the coming years,” concludes Mr Greetham.

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.