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Learn About Zantra

ABOUT US

Established in 2003 by Murray and Elisabeth Mackay, Zantra is a farmer-owned and farmer-focused agrochemical supply business.

 

In recent years the company has secured, planned, measured growth, employing an increasing number of agronomists and is now one of the UK’s largest independently-owned agricultural merchants.

 

With headquarters at Garden Farm, Great Staughton, in Cambridgeshire, the company operates a nationwide network of BASIS approved depots.

 

We provide effective crop protection solutions for combinable, vegetable, potato and root crop production, based on industry-leading agronomic advice and supply a comprehensive range of crop protection products, fertiliser and seed.

 

We aim to be the benchmark for technical agronomy advice and service to UK farmers and growers and we are sure we can bring positive benefits to any crop production operation.

 

We would be delighted to discuss how our approach could make a difference to you and your business. Please give us a call on 01480 861066 or email us on info@zantra.com and we will contact you.

This years events:

NRoSO Training Workshops- see news section for more info

YAMS 2018 - 7th February 2018

Agri-Expo, Maidstone, Kent - 8th March 2018

Beds YFC Rally & Country Show - 19th May 2018

CROP PRODUCTION

We supply an extensive range of crop production products including fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, plant growth regulators, molluscicides, nematicides, adjuvants, micronutrients, fertiliser and seed from a wide range of manufacturers. The products we select allow us to provide you with the right, balanced, crop production programme from a wide portfolio. Our advice is driven by crop need and supported by trials and farm evidence. In this way we can make a positive difference to your crop’s potential and eventual productivity. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01480 861066 or email info@zantra.com. If you are looking for specific information from one of our product partners, please use the links below that will take you to the websites that you require. BASIS Zantra is registered and accredited with the BASIS scheme which ensures a high standard of safety in storage and distribution of pesticides with due regard for the protection of the environment. FIAS Zantra firmly supports any initiative that ensures fertiliser is managed throughout the UK supply chain with due regard to public safety, to benefit the environment and ensure enhanced security. Zantra will uphold its FIAS accreditation.

OUR SERVICE

We recognise that effective farming requires the right product applied to the crop at precisely the right time to maintain, protect and drive forward yield and productivity. As a result, we provide a personal, professional and reliable advice and supply service that delivers the products you need, when you need them. This is made possible through the strategic locations of our BASIS approved depots, which ensure a fast turnaround service with prompt delivery direct to your store, and our depot teams who go that extra mile to ensure our customers receive their orders promptly. Our drivers are the ambassadors of our business. Our dedicated delivery teams know each customer’s store and our order tracking facility enables our customers to plan ahead. In short, we offer: Highly effective crop protection solutions for combinable, vegetable, potato and root crop production An extensive range of trialled and tested crop protection products and crop nutrients Fertiliser and seed Industry-leading agronomic advice based on local trials Next day tracked and timed delivery direct to our customers’ store.

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AGRONOMY

Our agronomy team provide the highest level of technical expertise backed up

by our own independent regional crop trials.   Please click on the agronomist picture to find out more.

  • CHRIS BEAN
    CHRIS BEAN
  • CHRIS BEAN
    CHRIS BEAN
    Chris Bean is Technical Director of Zantra, responsible for co-ordinating the company’s nationwide trials and providing our resultant technical focus and ultimate product selection. He is well known and widely respected in the industry – having been Technical Director at a number of other agronomy suppliers for over 30 years - and delivers a strong technical credibility to our agronomic platform and our agronomy team. Chris also provides agronomic, field-walking, advice to clients across a wide region from the East Midlands to the south coast, specialising in both field vegetables and arable crops.
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  • STUART ALKIN
    STUART ALKIN
  • STUART ALKIN
    STUART ALKIN
    Stuart Alkin is one of the senior members of the agronomy team advising customers in Kent and Sussex. He is also the company’s Agronomy Manager managing the growing number of regional agronomists across the UK; a role that has an increasing emphasis on mentoring and training new recruits. With a degree in Plant Pathology and Microbiology from Birmingham University, Stuart’s first job was with Chafer, advising on agrochemicals, sprayers and solution liquid fertilisers. His career path then took him into agrochemical distribution where he held regional field sales management posts with Wilmot Pertwee, UAP and eventually Agrii. On farm, Stuart focuses on combinable crop agronomy, advising on combinable crop agronomy and agrochemical, seed and fertiliser supply.  He also runs the company’s NRoSO training for farmers nationwide.
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  • CHARLES STARKINGS
    CHARLES STARKINGS
  • CHARLES STARKINGS
    CHARLES STARKINGS
    Charles Starkings operates across the East Midlands and is supported by the company’s headquarters staff and supply service at Great Staughton, Cambs. In addition to agrochemicals, he offers advice and, where appropriate, supply of fertiliser and seed across all arable crops. He has the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy, is FACTs qualified and has worked in agronomy since 2005. Before this Charles worked on the family farm and as a sprayer operator. Charles sees crop nutrition as a key driver to maintaining good plant health and also advises customers on nutrient management planning, spraying techniques and farm legislation.
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  • DARRAN MOORE
    DARRAN MOORE
  • DARRAN MOORE
    DARRAN MOORE
    Darran Moore – who covers Teeside and N Yorkshire - joined Zantra from a local independent agronomy business in 2015. He supplies a tailored mix of field walking and product support focusing mainly on combinable crops, as well as a slug pelleting and GPS soil sampling service. Darran is a well established agronomist in the region having previously been employed by CSC CropCare and then, as a result of acquisition, Masstock and Agrii. He studied Agriculture and Crop Protection at Askham Bryan before working as a driver for the largest contract crop spraying company in Europe. He is BASIS and FACTs qualified.
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  • GEOFF HULL
    GEOFF HULL
  • GEOFF HULL
    GEOFF HULL
    Geoff Hull joined Zantra in 2012 as commercial manager and now provides agronomy and technical support across Lincolnshire. He has a long career in agriculture having worked in agrochemical manufacturing and sales since 1969. This included twenty years with Zeneca (Farm Protection) as an area manager and a similar length of time with United Phosphorus where he was UK manager. Prior to joining Zantra, Geoff was commercial manager at UAP. His current on-farm agronomy focus is on combinable crops and sugar beet.
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  • JENNY LEE
    JENNY LEE
  • JENNY LEE
    JENNY LEE
    Agronomist, Jenny Lee, joined Zantra in 2017 from British Sugar where she completed their graduate training scheme. A biology graduate from Somerville College, Oxford, she is passionate about British farming and studied subjects as diverse as crop science, ecology and soils before deciding on a career in agriculture. Jenny has worked as a trials assistant with both NIAB at Cambridge, primarily on oilseed rape and ADAS at Rosemaund, including cereal fungicide assessment.  At British Sugar, she took on a range of responsibilities across the sugar beet calendar, including harvester testing, supporting the contract process, soil sampling and coordinating LimeX distribution out of Newark Factory. Jenny is BASIS and FACTS qualified and operates in the North West England.
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  • JOHN HOOD
    JOHN HOOD
  • JOHN HOOD
    JOHN HOOD
    Supported by the company’s depot near Shrewsbury, John Hood mainly covers Cheshire and Lancs, but also N Shropshire and Staffordshire. John has a Diploma in Agriculture from Reaseheath and started work as a trials officer with NW Agronomy where he became BASIS qualified. From there he moved into farm management in mid Cheshire, setting up and running a spray contracting business at the same time. John joined Zantra in 2015 from another agrochemical supplier and offers a full agronomy service across combinable crops, potatoes and maize, as well as providing farm management and environmental stewardship advice.
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  • KEVIN KNIGHT
    KEVIN KNIGHT
  • KEVIN KNIGHT
    KEVIN KNIGHT
    Kevin joined Zantra in 2014 and offers agronomic advice and agrochemical supply to clients across the SE of England.  His particular expertise is in combinable arable crops, vegetables and protected salads. He gained a BSc in Ecology and Crop Protection from Plymouth University and then completed a Masters at Wye College in Applied Plant Sciences before undertaking post graduate research in the role of climate change on meadow ecosystems at Imperial College. A farmers son – originally from southern Africa – with a strong practical background, Kevin also worked for twelve years in the service sector as managing director of a business advising the food supply sector.  Kevin is BASIS and FACTs qualified and his work in soil ecology and climate change gives him specific expertise on the role of cover cropping and cultivation in providing sustainability and resilience in farming systems.
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  • MERFYN WILLIAMS
    MERFYN WILLIAMS
  • MERFYN WILLIAMS
    MERFYN WILLIAMS
    Merf has a wide range of clients mainly across Shrops, Staffs, Worcs but also as far afield as the Hereford, the Cheshire borders and North Wales. A farmer’s son from N Wales (and a fluent welsh speaker), he graduated from the University of Wales – Bangor in 1977 with a BSc Hons in Agriculture and has worked in farm supply ever since. His career started with twelve years at Farm Protection – now Syngenta – after which he co-established Yield Care in Shropshire. More recently he has worked as an agronomist with Independent Agriculture, UAP and then Agrii.  He joined Zantra in Jan 2014 and focuses on combinable crop and root crop agronomy and grassland.
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  • PAUL FURNEAUX
    PAUL FURNEAUX
  • PAUL FURNEAUX
    PAUL FURNEAUX
    Paul Furneaux was one of the first agronomists to join Zantra and specialises in arable crop agronomy, advising farmers in north and east Kent. Brought up on a farm in Essex, he worked as a combine driver and sprayer operator – as well as milking a large dairy herd - for two years after leaving school. After studying agriculture at Writtle College, Paul started he career in agronomy with Dalgety, and then Wilmot Pertwee, UAP and Agrii. He is widely regarded locally as a specialist in cereal and oilseed rape crop protection and BASIS and FACTs qualified.
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  • RICHARD BEAUMONT
    RICHARD BEAUMONT
  • RICHARD BEAUMONT
    RICHARD BEAUMONT
    Richard Beaumont is a long established agronomist working across East Kent advising on a wide range of combinable crops, potatoes and onions. A Herefordshire farmer’s son, he has a degree in agricultural economics from the University of Wales, and a diploma in farm management from Seale Hayne. Richard moved to Kent when he joined ADAS as an agricultural advisory officer, before joining Wilmot Pertwee – subsequently UAP and Agrii – and then Zantra as one of their first agronomists. He offers a wide range of advice – in own words, ‘across the A to Z of farming’ – including budgeting, crop nutrition and seed selection.
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  • STAN HARRISON
    STAN HARRISON
  • STAN HARRISON
    STAN HARRISON
    Stan Harrison operates across a wide geographic area of combinable crops from Thaxsted in Essex, south to Rye in Sussex. A Cumbrian farmer’s son, he studied Agricultural Sciences at Wye College in the 90s before taking up a farm management role in Zimbabwe. Upon returning to the UK, Stan worked for Wilmot Pertwee – subsequently UAP and Agrii – before joining Zantra in 2013. He is BASIS, FACTs and BETA qualified, and offers a wide range of advice on farm, from nutrient planning to the adoption of no-till and cover crop systems.
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  • STEVE RICHES
    STEVE RICHES
  • STEVE RICHES
    STEVE RICHES
    Based in the Chew Valley in N Somerset, Steve Riches is an agronomist with seven years experience operating across the south and south east of England. An arable specialist, Steve also has expertise in maize and biogas crop production. He will also offer seed and fertiliser to farmer customers. Prior to pursuing a career in agronomy he worked in contract spraying for twenty years and was a regional winner of the Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year. As a result, customers can draw upon his practical farming background and considerable spray application knowledge Steve is BASIS and FACTs qualified and draws product from the company’s regional depot in Hampshire.
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  • TIM BULLOCK
    TIM BULLOCK
  • TIM BULLOCK
    TIM BULLOCK
    Tim Bullock covers the SW of England most notably Wilts, Glos, Oxon and N Somerset. He is BASIS and FACTs qualified and well established in the region, having joined Zantra in 2015 from another leading agrochemical supplier where he had been technical support manager. Tim provides agronomy support and agrochemical supply across all combinable crops as well as maize and grass. An ex farm manager, he backs this with practical farm management advice where appropriate.
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TRIALS

Our farm supply and advice service is supported by our own independent trials at key locations in the main arable regions.

 

This work aims to address key issues such as weed, disease and pest resistance.  It also helps to generate technical data to back our agronomist’s understanding of product performance as they strive to bring you the maximum return on your crop production investment.

For example, nutrient development work is being undertaken in a broad range of crops helping us to identify new approaches that we share with our customers.

 

We work closely with plant breeders, testing their new material at an early stage of development under crop protection programmes and fertiliser regimes that push varieties to their limits.

 

We host summer meetings at our trials sites and warmly welcome visitors to see how we investigate and develop agronomic approaches across a range of crops. Please click here if you would like us to contact you to arrange a trial visit

 

CONTACT ZANTRA

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT

We are sure we can bring positive benefits to any crop production operation and would be delighted to discuss how our approach could make a difference to you and your business.

 

Please give us a call on

01480 861066

or email

elisabeth@zantra.com

The benchmark for technical agronomy advice and service to UK farmers and growers, provided by people who care.

This years events:
We supply an extensive range of crop production products including fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, plant growth regulators, molluscicides, nematicides, adjuvants, micronutrients, fertiliser and seed from a wide range of manufacturers. The products we select allow us to provide you with the right, balanced, crop production programme from a wide portfolio. Our advice is driven by crop need and supported by trials and farm evidence. In this way we can make a positive difference to your crop’s potential and eventual productivity. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01480 861066 or email info@zantra.com. If you are looking for specific information from one of our product partners, please use the links below that will take you to the websites that you require. BASIS Zantra is registered and accredited with the BASIS scheme which ensures a high standard of safety in storage and distribution of pesticides with due regard for the protection of the environment. FIAS Zantra firmly supports any initiative that ensures fertiliser is managed throughout the UK supply chain with due regard to public safety, to benefit the environment and ensure enhanced security. Zantra will uphold its FIAS accreditation.

OUR SERVICE

We recognise that effective farming requires the right product applied to the crop at precisely the right time to maintain, protect and drive forward yield and productivity. As a result, we provide a personal, professional and reliable advice and supply service that delivers the products you need, when you need them. This is made possible through the strategic locations of our BASIS approved depots, which ensure a fast turnaround service with prompt delivery direct to your store, and our depot teams who go that extra mile to ensure our customers receive their orders promptly. Our drivers are the ambassadors of our business. Our dedicated delivery teams know each customer’s store and our order tracking facility enables our customers to plan ahead. In short, we offer: Highly effective crop protection solutions for combinable, vegetable, potato and root crop production An extensive range of trialled and tested crop protection products and crop nutrients Fertiliser and seed Industry-leading agronomic advice based on local trials Next day tracked and timed delivery direct to our customers’ store.
This years events:

WHAT WE DO

 

Zantra is one of the largest independently-owned agricultural merchants, supporting individual farmers, independent agronomists and buying groups across the UK.

 

Zantra is one of the largest independently-owned agricultural merchants, supporting individual farmers, independent agronomists and buying groups across the UK.

 

Our approach is to work in partnership with each of our customers to maximise the return on their investment by providing an individually tailored, high level of service.

 

We believe we offer one of the most effective crop protection solutions available for combinable, vegetable, potato and root crop production, based on industry-leading agronomic advice.

 

The high quality customer care standards adopted by our farm service team ensure a personal, reliable service to meet your supply requirements.

We stock an extensive range of crop protection products, crop nutrients, fertiliser and seed from many leading manufacturers. As a result, the Zantra team can bring you the most appropriate products, backed by local expertise and an unrivalled customer service to best meet your cropping needs.

 

Following a number of recent changes within our business, we have produced a new company brochure which we hope you will find of interest. We hope this helps introduce our company to those who may be unfamiliar with our business and to update those who already work with us, in regard to our recent expansion.

We supply an extensive range of crop production products including fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, plant growth regulators, molluscicides, nematicides, adjuvants, micronutrients, fertiliser and seed from a wide range of manufacturers. The products we select allow us to provide you with the right, balanced, crop production programme from a wide portfolio. Our advice is driven by crop need and supported by trials and farm evidence. In this way we can make a positive difference to your crop’s potential and eventual productivity. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01480 861066 or email info@zantra.com. If you are looking for specific information from one of our product partners, please use the links below that will take you to the websites that you require. BASIS Zantra is registered and accredited with the BASIS scheme which ensures a high standard of safety in storage and distribution of pesticides with due regard for the protection of the environment. FIAS Zantra firmly supports any initiative that ensures fertiliser is managed throughout the UK supply chain with due regard to public safety, to benefit the environment and ensure enhanced security. Zantra will uphold its FIAS accreditation.
We recognise that effective farming requires the right product applied to the crop at precisely the right time to maintain, protect and drive forward yield and productivity. As a result, we provide a personal, professional and reliable advice and supply service that delivers the products you need, when you need them. This is made possible through the strategic locations of our BASIS approved depots, which ensure a fast turnaround service with prompt delivery direct to your store, and our depot teams who go that extra mile to ensure our customers receive their orders promptly. Our drivers are the ambassadors of our business. Our dedicated delivery teams know each customer’s store and our order tracking facility enables our customers to plan ahead. In short, we offer: Highly effective crop protection solutions for combinable, vegetable, potato and root crop production An extensive range of trialled and tested crop protection products and crop nutrients Fertiliser and seed Industry-leading agronomic advice based on local trials Next day tracked and timed delivery direct to our customers’ store.
Please give us a call on 01480 861066 or email info@zantra.com