Thomas Allison - Understanding why existing high-tech systems designed for the livestock industry are largely underutilised...
I am a 34 year old farmer's son from West Wales. Growing up on a dairy farm with two brothers and a sister, I soon learnt that I was more interested in the tools and equipment used than the agricultural activity itself. Farming was best left to my brother Marc, Mum & Dad.
In 2003 I returned home, having completed a Masters of Engineering in Electronic & Applied Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath. Although most of my work relates to the dairy industry, I currently provide a range of technical products and services to farmers and rural business in West Wales.
I have developed and consulted on number of products sold to British farmers & work with manufacturers in France, Germany, America and China. I have also worked on a small number of research projects in the UK and the Netherlands concerning animal welfare.
Since 2012, I provide a consultancy service to VES, a US based firm who specialize in ventilation and lighting and sit on the Dairy Technology Working Group within Wynnstay.
Outside of work, I’m a member of the Future Farmers of Wales and sit on the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society's Young Persons forum. In 2009, I became the youngest ever chairman of Nevern Agricultural Society. Despite best intentions, I am not a sportsman and have very few pursuits. However in my spare time I will occasionally read a newspaper or listen to some eclectic music of varying genres but phenomenal taste.
Finally, I would like to thank all those supporting my Nuffield Scholarship, not least the Trehane Trust for their sponsorship, my parents and Marc for their patience and to Wynnstay for their support.