Doug Wanstall  -  Free Range Egg Production, building resilience and Managing the transition into a mainstream, commodity market place

South of England Agricultural Society

I live and work near Ashford in Kent, I work alongside my Father and Uncle on the farm and my wife Stephanie runs one of our diversified enterprises, a very busy restaurant and events venue. I have 2 children, Alex and Issy both of whom are obsessed with sport and both better than I ever was! My sporting activities are now restricted to coaching junior rugby and standing on the shooting ground.

I have always been interested in farming and from a very young age decided that I wanted to be the 4th generation of the Wanstall family to run Bank Farm.

Our farming enterprise consists of 1200 acres of arable production and 145,000 free range laying birds. The egg enterprise has grown over the last few years by a combination of capital investment and offering existing producers interesting and fair alternatives to running their units themselves. The aim is to build the scale and profitability of the egg business by adding layers of integration as we identify opportunities to improve margins and controls.

I have always been interested in breaking down barriers and doing things slightly differently to the rest of the pack. The quest to add layers of integration and build consistent and sustainable profits is what led me down the Nuffield Scholarship path.

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