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Andrew Spinks

Andrew Spinks

Andrew Spinks - Agricultural Business Consultant, Associate, BSc (Hons)

Norwich

Andrew started working for Brown&Co in 2017.

As well as working on general BPS work and grants, he has been particularly involved in looking at water for agriculture, and Producer Organisations.

He graduated in 2008 With an upper second honours degree in Agriculture Science from The University of Nottingham and spending 18 months working on a farm before joining Brown&Co Farming in Norfolk in the position of technical manager, where he gained experience of specialist arable cropping -ware and seed potatoes, horseradish, and seed cereals. During his time with Brown&Co Farming he started a suckler herd, now a family partnership and a Stabiliser Cattle Company multiplier herd calving circa 70 cows annually and selling breeding stock across southeast England. Having spent 5 years with Brown&Co Farming he then went to work for Baines and Co, where he was the manager on the ground looking after a 2000acre estate in North Norfolk. He spent two years there and then joined Brown&Co. 

He is BASIS qualified in Arable Crop Protection and a member of the Council for the Royal Norfolk Agriculture Association and chairman of their younger members group called YIELD.

As the son of a fam manager, he spent his early years on a large diverse mixed farming estate in North East Norfolk owned by various institutional investors (sometimes managed by Brown&Co), he then moved to a smaller mixed farm in North Norfolk, before going to University. He has grown up in a farming family with a slightly different perspective to the traditional model.

Andrew has spent a lot of time working for Anglian Pea Growers (APG), APG are a producer organisation growing peas in Norfolk and Suffolk, growers receive equalised returns via a pooling system and are recipients of grant funding from the Rural Payments Agency via the Producer Organisation Scheme.

He produces an annual report for a potato processor which looks at changes in the cost of production of a model potato crop and has been involved in putting together grant applications for reservoirs and water infrastructure on various farms in Norfolk.

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