Dominic Spurrier has joined KWS UK to take up the new position of seed contracts and sales specialist.
The role will focus on developing relationships with the company’s elite group of seed producers to ensure supplies of consistently high-grade seed are maintained whilst supporting the commercial team across cereals and oilseed rape.
Dominic has previously worked as seed contracts manager for a large wholesale seed and grain merchant with responsibility for over 5000ha of seed crops.
“The position at KWS gives me the opportunity to combine my technical knowledge of seed production with the science behind variety development and be able to take the latest knowledge around this out to our sales teams, growers and customers,” he explains.
“One of the key areas of focus will be the development of hybrid rye for UK production with growth in KWS’s portfolio of hybrid varieties being driven by an increasing area of the domestic crop and exciting market opportunities across human and animal nutrition.”
KWS UK country manager Will Compson says Dominic’s experience and skills will be particularly relevant to the business in the future as its Sowing for Peak Performance (SPP) initiative gains traction.
“SPP is all about recognising the critical role of seed and genetics in helping growers meet the challenges of the future resulting from climate issues, environmental concerns, reduced use of agrochemicals and changing consumer needs.
“These are all factors shaping our future breeding priorities, the varieties we develop and the management of UK crops moving forward. Dominic’s technical experience and insight in these areas will be a truly valuable asset for KWS and all our customers moving forward.”